Hugh Jackman Reveals The Villain Of ‘Wolverine 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con is finally in full swing and there are plenty of movies, TV shows and comic books all clamoring for your attention and dollar. Besides all the panels, round table interviews and promotional boothes inside the convention center, studios also hold promotions outside the facility in the surrounding parking lots – in this case Petco Park (home to the San Diego Padres).

Hugh Jackman made a surprise appearance this morning to do a promotion for his upcoming fighting robot movie Real Steel, and during the Q&A time with the audience he dropped some pretty interesting bits of information regarding Wolverine 2 – namely who the main villain is and when they will start shooting the film.

Naming the villain could be considered a spoiler to some folks, so if you don’t want to know who it will be, I suggest you stop reading NOW.






Said Jackman to the audience:

“I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.”

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Last month (June) James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) was announced as the man who will helm the second film – tentatively titled The Wolverine – after Darren Aronofsky stepped down. Though nothing had been confirmed we speculated a while back that one of the villains could potentially be the Silver Samurai and now thanks to Jackman we know this is the villain writer Chris McQuarrie (Jack the Giant Killer) has chosen.

The Silver Samurai (character’s “real” name is Kenuichio Harada) has a long history in the Marvel Universe and should make an admirable foe for Wolverine. Harada is actually the half-brother of Wolverine’s lover Mariko Yashida and he has major issues with her relationship with Wolvie. In the comics, Wolverine is trained in the ways of the samurai by Kenuichio and Mariko’s father Shingen and eventually joins Shingen’s Clan Yashida.

There is no word yet on who might play the Silver Samurai but as Comic-Con goes on over the next 3 days there is a good chance more information regarding The Wolverine will trickle out, and that question could be answered as well.

Who would you like to see play the Silver Samuari in The Wolverine? (Ken Watanabe is my first choice).

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  1. Ken is a great. Just all depends on how loyal they stayed to the source material. Judging from the first movie, this could go any direction. There has to be another baddie in the movie though…I just don’t see Wolverine and Silver Sam keeping the interest of audiences for an hour and half to 2 hours long. It could if he made this less action packed and put a lot of focus on their characters development.

    • As for another villain they can start tying winter soldier with wolverine since SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER winter soldier kills his wife and we can possibly see SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER the birth of draken

      • I thought kind of the same route too, but Fox owns the rights for the X-Men Franchise and I don’t see Marvel Studios letting them use anymore of their characters.

      • Just pretend that anything done by Fox (or Sony) isn’t connected at all to the actual Marvel Universe (because it isn’t). There won’t be any Winter Soldier stuff.

  2. Never cared for Silver Samurai, but It makes sense it’s taking place in Japan. Hopefully they can make him more interesting.

  3. sickk

  4. Ken Watanabe for Silver Samurai.

    • I second this. You just can’t have a samurai and not have a japanese actor for the role

      • Maybe it’s the cynic in me speaking, but I couldn’t help but imagine the entire supporting cast played by white (or non-asian at least) actors. Doesn’t bother me too much, as long as they choose GOOD white actors.

  5. wolverine is in my top 3 marvel characters but the last one BLEW, i love Jackman in the role but this one better not suck

  6. Watanbe would be a great choice. Hope this one does better than the first wolverine.

  7. i saw the cartoon episode of X-men where wolverine trains in japan. its gonna be hard to do because i thought it was a little whack

  8. I dont think Ken is big and imposing enough. The Silver Samurai is a big guy.

    It doesnt have to be a named person. Just as long as he can act and carry himself. I would like to see him at least a head taller than Jackman and Younger then Ken.

    But as was stated earlier who knows what they will do. It will probably be a little person with a switchblade just using the name only.

    • How about Hideki Matsui? He is known as Godzilla afterall? :)

  9. Oh yeah! Set in Japan. Hope the Hand is in the movie. Wolverine: the Mini Series from Frank Miller is one of the best out there. Hope the movie involves some from the comic.

  10. After the last one, is anyone genuinely excited about a sequel?

    • Interested, but not super excited. I don’t want it to just merely be better than the last one, but at least good. I think Wolverine fans deserve it.

      I want them to take some risks — don’t be all cliched, predictable and ultra-mainstream.

    • Yes. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was terrible, but the skuttlebutt is that they’re aiming to rectify the situation with the sequel and make a break from the tone of the first one. I’m crossing my fingers that it works out like they planned.

    • Honestly, no. I was interested, but lost it when Aronofsky left.

      • Same here.

  11. Considering the locale and general story, I would have been hugely disappointed if it had been anyone other than the person named.

    BTW some of the comments should be policed for those not wanting to know. ;)

  12. Makes sense to an extent but, if they go the route of pretty much every X-Men script the character will have no context without the connection to Mariko if they skip over all of that. There is also the story line that people forget where Logan was also trained by a man named Ogun which would fit in with the original Japan mini-series.

  13. Silver Samurai doesn’t surprise me since this movie takes place in Japan. Would love to see Omega Red though.

  14. Just don’t screw the continuity like “Worst Class” the Hand,the Yakuza or Hydra with Lady Viper at the head could fill out any extra enemy need. There’s also Lady Deathstryke for a good love triangle spin

  15. Any of you guys play the X-Men Origins Wolverine – Uncaged Edition on the PS3 or 360?

    It is one of the strange occurrences of a movie video game surpassing the movie upon which it is based. It’s M Rated and has TONS of blood, dismemberment, and Wolverine RAGE!

    Wouldn’t a Rated R Wolvering surprise the heck out of everyone? It would be friggin’ awesome! That said…

    Wolverine in Japan training as a samurai, yawn, I saw that with Tom Cruise in it and regretted it once already.

    • They would not go out on that limb and bring out and R-rated comic book movie. They want that teen/tween dollar too much. Unfortunately the only time that a Wolverine movie that would have been done in the style that would best suit the character was when a movie like Blade was done and the comic movie fad wasn’t in full swing.

  16. Not really surprising. I’ve just assumed it was SS the moment I knew it would be in Japan.

    Let down that it’s confirmed though since he is really not a very interesting character.

    Hope the movie turns out good.

  17. They could also use Lady Deathstrike. However my list for Silver Samurai are: Hiroyuki Sanada,Ekin Cheng, Kôji Yakusho, and Tadanobu Asano

  18. Ken Watanabe would be a good Shingen…Besides Silver Samurai, they could use Sunfire. Even though he’s a hero, he’s Mariko’s cousin. If I remember correctly,he and Wolverine aren’t the best of friends.

  19. how about Rain as silver samurai?. though he is korean, i think he could do the job. he did well in ninja assassin.

  20. i may be the only one here excited that he mentioned a starting date to “Les Miserables” movie

    Origins Wolverine kinda sucked so i dont care too much for the sequel

  21. Silver Samurai isn’t “the villain”, Silver Samurai is “a villain”, the film is following the story of “Wolverine” by Chris Claremont and Frank Millar as had been widely publicised. The villain is The Hand – Silver Samurai is just one of the many foes Wolverine will be fighting.

    • Dude, You got it all wrong. Just because its based on that comic doesn’t mean the Hand will be in it. Chris McQuarrie has stated in an interview that he is not using the Hand as a villain because its been done before, and that besides that he would keep it a secret. We always figured Silver Samurai would be in it, but now we know that he is in fact the only confirmed villain, and probably will be THE villain.

  22. Definitely Watanabe!

  23. I think Donny Yen would be awesome

  24. I agree with the poster who said it would be awesome to see Omega Red and the poster who mentioned the Wolverine videogame, that game is sooooo much fun.

  25. Well duh on Silver Samurai-can’t really do the Japan storyline without him.
    Hope they keep it faithful an not take too many liberties.

      • Well it’s not like there will ever be a question as to if Wolverine will get killed in a fight considering the last 4(minus First Class) movies were focused on him and that it’d be hard to kill him in any media, comic or movie with his healing factor… So he doesn’t get into too many fights where he’s in super serious danger…

  26. I will secodn the motion for Ken to play the Silver Samaurai.