Outside of a series of posters (and a few stills) for The Wolverine featuring imagery and a tone intentionally disparate from that of previous X-Men films, there’re only really been one trailer so far with a few variations for the international markets. An epic one-minute sizzle reel featuring new scenes played at CinemaCon played at the top of the month and today, a new full-length theatrical trailer has released. And it’s the most action-packed yet.
The first trailer for The Wolverine introduced fans to a grizzled and emotionally broken Logan (Hugh Jackman) who is convinced to go to Japan for reasons involving an old debt being repaid. It’s made clear that Logan’s no longer high on life and after seeing his loved ones over the centuries pass away (see: Jean Grey), his quasi-immortality has become a curse. That theme and the downside of living beyond a normal human life is reiterated in this second trailer above, the sliced away by the sounds of hundreds of blades.
Unfortunately for the fan-favorite X-Men hero, not having his full healing factor couldn’t have come at a worse time as Wolverine must fight off a legion of Ninja warriors, a giant (robotic?) Silver Samurai and a mysterious mutant named Viper, who – as teased in the new posters – actually has a tongue of a snake.
Moviegoers heading to theaters for Fast and Furious 6 this weekend will see the new Wolverine trailer the big screen, although not in 3D. The Wolverine is the first X-Men film to be post-converted into the third dimension.
Official synopsis for The Wolverine:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
The Wolverine is directed by James Mangold off of Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. It stars Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.
The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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