‘The Wolverine’ Takes Place After Previous X-Men Films

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Comic book writer Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” (1981) is the basis for director Matthew Vaughn’s developing sequel to X-Men: First Class, wherein the concepts of time-travel and alternate realities will be introduced in an attempt to make sense of the disjointed X-Men continuity.

Days of Future Past will therefore be bridging the gaps between the original X-Men trilogy, First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and director James Mangold’s (3:10 to Yuma) The Wolverine – an installment which, as it were, draws from Claremont’s work on “Wolverine” Issues #1-4 from back in the early 1980s.

Hugh Jackman (who is reprising his iconic role in The Wolverine) has clarified that while Mangold’s film does take place after the events in Origins, the film is being structured as a standalone picture – one with a distinct visual aesthetic to set it further apart from other X-Men movies – that focuses on Logan’s plight. That sentiment gelled with previous comments from Mangold, who said the script is a character piece (with noir and foreign-language elements) that stands outside the archetypical superhero movie mold.

Fox has hired Mark Millar (writer of the Kick-Ass comic books and Marvel Civil War limited series (2006-07)) to serve as an architect overseeing in the construction of a cohesive Marvel/Fox cinematic universe. However, principal photography has already begun on The Wolverine, meaning that Millar won’t have much (if any) significant creative input on the film. Hence, it’s just as well that Mangold isn’t making a conscious effort to further-develop any major narrative threads from the rest of the X-Men movie franchise.

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The expectation has long been that Wolverine will take place prior to the events of the X-Men trilogy, with Logan (who has no memories of his past) on an adventure in Japan where he romances the daughter of a powerful family who is promised to someone else, setting him on a collision course with such dangerous figures as The Silver Samurai and Madame Viper. However, during an interview with Empire, Mangold revealed the film is set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand:

“Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for [Wolverine].”

We know from set photos that Wolverine will also feature flashbacks to Logan’s past (including, his experiences in Japan during WW II), as evidenced by an image of Jackman wielding bone claws published in the latest edition of Empire Magazine. Mangold’s suggestion is that, by examining the character’s history from a contemporary setting (one where the currently-defunct X-Men 4 would have taken place), it should allow for a deeper exploration of Logan’s psychology and struggles with his regenerative abilities – since there won’t be other major mutants or superheroes to distract from that task (as happened in Origins):

“That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. 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.”

Wolverine was long expected to take place prior to the X-Men trilogy, for reasons similar to those Mangold mentioned. Whether the setting resulted from changes that Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) made to the original script draft from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) – or if the ‘future setting’ was planned from the very beginning – is unclear.

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Days of Future Past, as mentioned above, aims to ‘correct’ the contradictions in cannon that have arisen between the five X-Men movies released to date, and The Wolverine won’t obstruct that effort. If anything, the decision to have the latter set after The Last Stand should allow for a richer performance from Jackman, now that he can draw from three additional movies of character development (rather than having to revert to the mindset of an amnesiac Logan).

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.

Look for The Wolverine when it hits theaters on July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past will arrive on July 18th, 2014.

Source: Empire

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  1. This might be good. All the other Movies showcased him so i hope they get it right. What i dont understand is if this is after last stand and days of future past corrects the other movie f*** ups (X-men 3, X-Men:origins) How would these movies chronology be set now? And the Fox/ X-men universe thing they wanna do now similiar to the Avengers universe. How would that really work? The Avengers have a team of stand alone Heroes who can work together. The X-men produces limited stand alone spin offs for their characters(they all come to an end). From what i seen of these movies they ignore both the previous directors direction and Comic character development.

  2. I was so confused about this! Glad I found this. I’m guessing the new X Men movie will take place after this movie.

  3. OK Well here’s the main thing to say, Wolverine 3 has to be a movie that grosses at least 500 million dollars worldwide and erases everyone’s bad taste of the original Origins movie which in my opinion was only bad because it was confusing. And you don’t ever want another repeat of the confusing parts of Wolverine.

    So here’s my take on it, because I know the directors including James Mangold will read these comments here’s my take on how they can fix Wolverine for Bryan Singer – not only fix him, but make Wolverine the iconic hero franchise in the Marvel universe. While raking in over 400 million dollars, as the best movie in the series, so listen closely.

    Marvel needs to bring Wolverine back to his roots in Canada where he will face the most cunning villain he’s ever encountered yet, that villain being Omega Red. Omega Red needs to be the main villain and the reasons are three fold:

    1) High grossing film because of Spy on Spy drama that can only happen if Sabretooth and Wolverine do their story arc where they have to face Omega Red. Duly emphasized because it is less cost to film in Russia.

    2) Canada by default becomes the main back drop, which makes it possible for Mariko to make a cameo though this is not required. Because Wolverine would be back in Canada, Team Alpha Flight flashbacks could be interwoven into both the story and characters.

    3) With Wolverine reprising his secret agent role, we could finally see some back story elements he faced during his time at Alpha Flight. Namely unusual villains like the Wendigo, which nearly killed Wolverine, could be inter-cut into this third film.

    Also the final reason why Wolverine 3 needs to be an all out war against Omega Red: It would bring closure to the Silver Fox story line. Because of the Canadian wilderness backdrop, it could reveal how Kayla Silverfox and Logan first met; resolve some unanswered questions and erase the bad taste of Wolverine 1: Origins that everyone had.

    Meaning because she is a very good actress, they could do a decent amount of flash backs to properly wrap up the love story between Silver Fox and Wolverine. During the movie, Wolverine could don the yellow and black costume; finally kill Omega Red (which of course, he doesn’t die but we think he does) and wrap up the Sabretooth/Wolverine story arc with a bang. Part of the story could be where while working together with Zero, Wolverine/Sabretooth steal the Carbonadium modifier which sics Omega Red on their butts to begin with and gives it a James Bond noir feel.

    Wolvie would also get the costume treatment. So yeah, those are my/our main reasons to say Omega Red has to be the main villain to Wolverine 3 and it should take place during the Alpha Flight years with flash backs. Also it would have the best fight scenes.