Hugh Jackman is reprising his mutant role in the next entry to the X-Men films by FOX, ‘The Wolverine.’ ‘The Wolverine’ follows the clawed X-Man to Japan which was a pivotal location in Wolverine’s back story in the comics. Contrary to popular belief though, this film, ‘The Wolverine,’ does not take place after the prequel ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ Well, I should rephrase that, it does not take place right after. In an interview with Empire, the film’s director James Mangold explained where this all takes place in the [confusing] continuity of the X-Men films:
“Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all,” reveals Mangold. “Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”
That’s right, the movie will take place after everything we have already seen – including X-Men: The Last Stand (aka X 3). Despite set locations that showed World War II scenes and the end of the prequel ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ which showed Logan in Japan, this film will be the latest in the X-Men continuity and chronology. The WW II scenes will more than likely be used as flashbacks to set up the rest of the story. Yeah, it might be a little confusing, but let’s try not to think about it too much.
Let’s hope for the best! The Wolverine will be hitting theaters in 2013. Stay with GamerXChange as we get more details on the film up through its launch.