‘The Wolverine’ Full Trailer: Mortality Has Its Price

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 21st, 2013 at 12:21 am,

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Twentieth Century Fox brought back Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men films, to help develop X-Men: First Class in an effort to course correct the lucrative mutant superhero franchise which saw two non-Singer films in a row score poorly among critics. First Class succeeded and was critically acclaimed, earning itself a sequel that Singer is about to begin shooting.

With the first franchise spinoff, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, suffering similar problems as X-Men: The Last Stand, the studio and star Hugh Jackman wanted to do something entirely different for their second outing. After a few hurdles, including a director change, we find ourselves itching closer to the summer movie season where the standalone story The Wolverine will attempt to holds its ground against stiff competition in Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 and Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel.

Does it stand a chance? The first full trailer for The Wolverine (above) is our first indicator and so far, it looks like an improvement. By all accounts, everyone involved with the production of The Wolverine knows and understands what’s not only important in telling a story about the Adamantium augmented, hot tempered X-Men hero, but the realize what went wrong with the origins tale from 2009.

BONUS: Check out the International Trailer for The Wolverine:

Never has Fox promoted a trailer for an X-Men film - which in itself is a promotion – as much as they have for The Wolverine. The week began late Sunday evening with new stills and new posters, followed by an unheard of 6-second sizzle reel which director James Mangold dubbed a “tweaser.” This was followed up by a larger, 20-second teaser trailer and a pair of awesome motion posters, all leading to today, for the full trailer release.

The trailer picks up where the teasers left off, showing more of Logan and his partner Yukio in action, carefully edited around other scenes of a prison camp and Logan seemingly losing his abilities. We now know how these scenes factor into the storyline (and timeline), but there are still some mysteries. The first official image of Viper did feature her with Logan in restraints (still don’t know what that’s about), while we have yet to get a full look at the villain, Silver Samurai. James Mangold also told EW that Viper “likes to play with toxins,” and that scene of her seemingly ripping her own face off certainly raises some questions (it reminds one of the character “Husk” from the comics).

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Outside of one poorly photoshopped poster, everything we’ve seen looks exciting, action-packed, and as promised, full of beserker rage. But most viewers were high on the trailers for X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well. Did The Wolverine trailer meet your expectations?

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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  1. Looks like its gonna be a damn good film.

  2. I must say that I like the “fish out of water” look going on here.

  3. Im going in with low expectations but overall looks more interesting that the last one.

  4. The train fight looks amazing

  5. looks awesome !

  6. It looks amazing!
    I have a feeling the cinematography will be one of the highlights of the film.

    • @ The Avenger
      I agree. I was pleasantly surprised by the look of the trailer.
      Even though this is being sold as a “standalone” entry in the franchise I was still expecting it to look like the rest of the films in the series. But this seems to be totally different.
      I’m not saying I didn’t like the look & tone of X-Men 1 & 2 and FC but change can be a good thing so far IMO we are off to a good start with The Wolverine.

    • Immortality. Yeah, it’s awesome watching your closest friends and family grow old and die through centuries of timeline (Civil War, World Wars, Vietnam War, the future).

      • Yeah… and then you make new friends and families that become the most important thing in the world for you and that make you happy again. I lost quite a few dear people already, but that didn’t make the limited time that I shared with them any less enjoyable.

        Besides, if he really wanted to die he could just jump into an active volcano. I’m sure he will not regenerate from that, when every single mutated cell of his body has burned up.

        • You have new friends and family, only for them to die again like the rest he would make in the future.

          • Yeah, after spending fulfilling and enjoyable decades with them. How terrible.

            Yes, losing someone you love is hard. But spending many, many years with someone you love weighs so much more. If that wasn’t the case no one would enter into any kind of meaningful relationship with anyone anymore, because eventually we all die.

            • That makes sense. I think thats why Logan is such a loner. He doesnt want to connect with anyone, knowing that eventually one day he’ll lose them.

              • You reading that sh*t off Hallmark cards, Winchester?

  7. Wolverine appears to be able to survive a nuclear detonation if that is what the trailer suggests, that he saves the Japanese soldier’s life during one of the two attacks, either Hiroshima or Nagasaki. If that is the case than his healing factor is phenomenally powerful.

    • Well… yeah.

    • If that scene is from WWII and Logan is a Soldier, I hope that they show him as a Canadian Soldier like they did in the comics.

      Gotta represent!

  8. Meh, I’ll get it on Blu-ray just because I love the X-men, but I really have no interest in this film.

  9. I am looking forward to this but I see a lot of what was already shown in other flicks, he is getting it his butt beat up. Not like the character I have always read about, but I guess you have to create some human conflict to give him that “fighting chance”

  10. Train sequence is a bit iffy, not great CGI there, very much two guys in a green screen studio.

    Got doubts about the old guy. He’s obviously the guy Wolvie saves in WWII and has gone on to be successful and powerful but he’s on his last legs so is he trying to “take” Wolvie’s healing factor to regenerate himself.

    Also looks like Logan takes a hit that don’t heal… at least not instantly like normal so have they found a way to supress his healing factor, Carbonadium perhaps??

    I also think we’ll see the creation of the Muramasa Blade at some point.

    This will be better than Origins (be hard not to be) but I’m having a hard time putting aside my skeptisim, still gonna go see but keeping expectations lower that Wolvie as a character deserves.

  11. Looks alright. Just gonna have to wait and see…

  12. Wow!!! Can’t wait to see this one. Wolverine has always been my fav. X – Men character.

  13. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to settle for my movie instead.

  14. Wolverine vs Ninjas huh? I’m the only one who thinks this looks lame? X-men is my favorite Marvel property… and it belongs to Fox. That really, really, REALLY upsets me.

    • A Marvel fan would love the idea of Wolverine vs Ninjas. I really hate that people keep b*tching about Marvel not having the character rights. Despite having a few flops, Fox has put out some of my favorite comic book films. Marvel may not be able to do their multiple crossovers at the moment, but for now, it looks like they’ll survive. And I’ll most definitely survive, as well. So, enjoy the movies for what they are. If the rights are returned to Marvel, then you can enjoy those movies too, when that happens. Don’t be such a debbie-downer. Don’t hate; appreciate.

    • You clearly didn’t read the issue of wolverine comics where he faced ninjas in japan did you?

  15. damn. looks good!

  16. The truth is….

    I am Iron Man!

    • Go home Hulk, you’re drunk!

      • +1

  17. holy crap now this looks awesome

  18. Looks pretty boring. Probably no better than the latest batman, which netflix gave me my money back for I thought it was so worthless. The new Bond is better than anything Ive seen lately.

    • I agree completely, especially about Batman. The only good thing about the Batman Trilogy was Heath Ledger, and 70% of his amazing scenes were improvised. That says a lot.

    • Considering how excellent the most recent Batman film (as well as the two preceding it) was, I think you’ve clearly indicated that the trailer hints at an amazing Wolverine film (now, whether that ends up being true or not is a wait-and-see proposition).

      Thank you, from all the fans of great comic book movies.

      • +1

    • @ KK

      Gotta agree with you about “Skyfall” being the best of all the beg flicks from last year. ” TDKR ” being the most disappointing.

      However I must say, “The Wolverine” is shaping up to having some potential.

      Really like the ‘samurai’ angle of the film. We shall see. My #1 wish is that Stan Lee has NO cameo. Please!

      Star Trek Into Darkness, IM3, Man Of Steel, The Wolverine…. Not a bad summer at all….

      MOS FTW!

      • *BIG not beg

        How is it this “comment” frame can be so good yet it LACKS the ability to self edit??

    • I disagree completely, especially about Batman.

    • I disagree completely, especially about Batman, I thought that The Dark knight Rises was fantastic, Skyfall was good and The Wolverine looks very good.

  19. Am I the only one that doesn’t think this looks good… Will have to wait and see.

    • I think one of humankind’s problems is our lack of being able to think and act in multigenerational terms. If mankind is to survive for a long, long time cultivating this ability would definitely be an asset. For example, we are burning through the element Phosphorus at an extraordinary rate. For those who have forgotten basic life science every living thing depends on Phosphorus. But, instead of trying to find ways to limit growth in Phosphorus consumption we’re investing at an incredible rate in technologies that are just promoting ever greater population growth. Which will need more and more Phosphorus. Which is an element, and can’t be substituted or synthesized!

      Well what does this have to do with ‘The Wolverine?’ Just this, he’s coming off as kind of selfish. He has this gift that would allow him to go at the most fundamental problem humankind has, thinking in multigenerational terms. He really has the opportunity to teach mankind a very good lesson about this. If someone could live five or six generations from what’s normal then you could easily become one of the richest people in the world, and with it learn enough and to execute a project that would accomplish this object lesson.

      Instead of turning outward and finding fulfillment by having a purpose, we have an individual who goes on and on like the proverbial Energizer battery that has turned inward only thinking of the disappointments of life. That’s fine if you are coming up against you’re own mortality. I certainly have felt this a number of times but, unless this guy is in constant pain, I can’t identify with this problem. Perhaps that’s a good reason to watch the flick, perhaps learn something, but I’m on the fence and need a review to perhaps put me over the edge of doubt…

  20. Could live without the train but otherwise looks truly interesting and I like the story line. Definitely a must see in the theater.

    • Agreed. The fight on top of the train looked too fake. And we can see this from a TRAILER! Imagine when being seen on the large screen and in it’s full length.

      And we already had a fight on top of a train in the beginning action sequence of “Skyfall.”

  21. Rob, is the title supposed to refer to Wolverine? If so, then it should be immortality.

    • My bad. I just watched the trailer. Screenrant needs an edit post feature.

  22. I smell a Superman II plot (Logan gives up his powers for personal reasons, gets his ass handed to him, and discovers he needs them back for the greater good).

  23. Rob,

    Small copyediting missed: “but their are still some mysteries” should be “there” instead of “their”.

    This movie looks fantastic. May is going to be a busy month for movies.

    • Thanks! I wrote this at 5:30 am, after getting 3 hours of sleep the night prior. I’m glad I got the name of the movie right ;)

  24. The international trailer is a little bitter. The Silver Samurai looks great, and it definitely appears to be more focused than Origins. Focusing on a single plotline, with few other characters is the way to go.

  25. I like the fact that they dont show Silver Samurai. Leaves a healthy amount of mystery.

    • They actually did show Silver Samurai in the trailer. He was the one that slashed Wolverine on his cheek with his sword. And im not 100 percent but I think thats him fighting Wolverine on top of the train as well.

  26. Looks awesome, the tone is great. This is the movie the first one should have been, serious.

  27. I will wait for the Blu-Ray this doesn’t look like anything special to me.

  28. I liked everything but the train scene.