While The Wolverine is technically a sequel to a prequel/spin-off Hugh Jackman said earlier this year that they want the movie “to be placed and feel like a standalone picture”. They won’t be ignoring the previous X-Men films completely though as director James Mangold recently confirmed The Wolverine is actually set in the future after the events of the trilogy.
“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 something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline,” says Mangold. “I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.”
With X-Men: Days of Future Past on the horizon the X-Men timeline will become ever more important, so it will be interesting to see how it’s laid out, and whether The Wolverine is actually linked to X-Men: Days of Future in some way.
The story takes Wolverine to Japan where he falls for a woman named Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord. Shooting is currently under-way in Australia with Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee co-starring.