James Mangold Hints At ‘Wolverine 3′ Story; Unsure About Costume

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Classic Logan Wolverine Marvel Comics Miller James Mangold Hints At Wolverine 3 Story; Unsure About Costume

The Wolverine hits home video today and its director and star are already beginning to develop a story for a followup. Neither director James Mangold or lead actor Hugh Jackman have signed with Twentieth Century Fox yet but they have agreed to work on a script until they get something “great” that’ll make them both return. We expected as much after The Wolverine producer Hutch Parker told us it’s up to them to deliver a story worthy enough of Jackman’s talent and dedication.

The news over the last few weeks of their involvement is of no surprise considering their work together resulted in the second most successful outing for the X-Men franchise in theaters (partly thanks to 3D ticket price boost). What’s also made headlines for the pair is a little fan service they secretly tossed into the Unleashed Edition of The Wolverine on Blu-ray.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Mangold spoke a little more in-depth about The Wolverine’s in-development followup and the legacy of its titular character. What will the unnamed Wolverine solo adventure would be about?

“I would just say it is always going to be about his relationships to other characters. We are very much trying to work with existing text. There are other great Wolverine stories out there but suffice it to say there are great texts about his connections to others, villains, characters from the lore and from the comics that we can bring out and have another great and meaningful adventure.”

The Wolverine and its story of Logan heading to Japan and meeting Mariko and Yukio is taken from one of the classic early ’80s Marvel Comics story by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past also draws from an ’80s story arc by Claremont. Mangold’s hint about the Wolverine 3 being based around his relationships with villains and characters from the lore might be teasing at a story based on another fan-favorite arc from the books.

Wolverine Alpha Flight Marvel Comics James Mangold Hints At Wolverine 3 Story; Unsure About Costume

Could we finally see Alpha Flight on the big screen? Kitty Pryde and Wolverine team-up? Old Man Logan (I asked Hugh about that here)? Or perhaps a Magneto vs. Wolverine tale that results in the hero’s adamantium being removed from his body a la Fatal Attractions? Wolverine vs. Omega Red?

What made The Wolverine different from the other superhero films of the year (Iron Man 3, Man of Steel & Thor: The Dark World) is that it wasn’t about some grand event involving the world or world’s leaders in danger, it was a character-specific journey. In the next movie, Mangold aims to keep it that way and offers an interesting explanation as to why:

“The simple thing is when the world is in danger. I think it is a cheat that a lot of movies do to create stakes, about how the world will blow up or a stadium or a planet or a region will blow up if x and y doesn’t happen by this time. Much more than the genre being tired, when every movies is about the destruction of the universe or the globe, it makes it hard to tell a meaningful story when the scale gets so huge, it dwarfs the characters.”

As for the superhero costume Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has yet to wear, the one that James Mangold included as an alternate ending on the Unleashed Edition of The Wolverine on Blu-ray?

“A lot of fans keep asking about when he’s going to wear his uniform. It’s a struggle for us in relation to question, because Logan’s personality as developed onscreen and in comics is one in which he hates publicity. The filmmakers, even on X-Men, have struggled with an outfit. Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit. There’s a difficult line to walk. He’s not a show off, he’s the last one to put on a team jersey. The flesh and blood character is very loyal to that iconoclastic rebel who doesn’t seem to be the first to don spandex. It isn’t something I’ve talked about much. Some fans may be frustrated, but we’re trying to be true to his character. Who knows whether that will change, I cannot verify and will not deny.”

Mangold’s words echo the issues we raised upon the reveal of the costume. While it’s awesome and we’re dying to see Jackman suit up in the yellow with the helmet-esque mask, such an event will require some smart storytelling to put it in context. Does Wolverine lead a team and get them to suit up eventually? Could that happen in the X-Force story that Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) is currently writing for the studio? We’ve seen glimpses of Jackman’s attire in X-Men: Days of Future Past and we know his uniform in that – like the other films to date – is not from the books and it wouldn’t make sense for Wolverine to suit up in such a costume in his next solo adventure.

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The Wolverine is now on home video, X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters May 23, 2014. Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.

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  1. I dont know if a costume would work in xmen or a wolverine movie. They seem to wear combat uniforms more than anything. Even in avengers the only one in a costume abeit a functional battle suit was captain america. Hulk wore his skin, widow and hawk wore battle suits/uniforms. Thor wore asgardian battle armor and iron man wore his battle armor. Im pretty sure the only movie marvel characters thatwore a costume are spidey and cap

  2. If the deterioration of his healing factor remains a plot constant, a suit (armor) could easily be justified.

  3. The one great way to add the suit was the Samurai storyline, where Samurai where mask and full body armor. It might be cool to see something happen to Wolverine where he gets ready for a Battle and has a flash back of Japan since he has been there more then once and he puts on the mask. I just really hope to see some good characters and a great story.

  4. Alpha Flight! Omega Red!

  5. What is going on with all the posts awaiting moderation messages lately ?

  6. The thing is, those ‘costumes’ were more about The Wolverine persona than a ‘team uniform’, that was, for me, what differentiated between Logan and Wolverine (the same as what separated Steve Rogers from ‘Captain America’)

    But, ditch the ‘helmet’ and just make it a cowl/mask similar to Adam West’s “Batman” (the ‘helmet’ is what makes/made the latest screen Captain America look ‘goofy’)

  7. Its not that hard of a sell. Especially if you do Alpha Flight you will probably need some sort of flashback to establish he was once on this team to establish his relationship with them and why he left kind of like they had a flashback at the start of WOLVERINE to establish his relationship with Yashida. So have it with this flashback while he was on the team, he wore the uniform along with every other character having their own outfit (he can even make a comment about how he hates wearing uniforms or how ridiculous it looks for whatever reason but has to wear it because its military issue or some other B.S.). If during filming the director & producers feel it works and plays well then at the end of the film, before his final battle against (insert villain here) his clothes are torn and tattered from his last skirmish and he is forced to wear the uniform again due to it being the only clothing available for him at the time. Ta da. That way he wears the uniform and still establishes that he hates wearing uniforms. Fans get the uniform they have wished for and non fans of the uniform at least have a logical explanation as to why he wears the uniform.

  8. Even if they simply include his time in Alpha Flight as a cameo/flashback sequence, I would dearly love to see Jackman’s Wolverine in the real costume for even that small amount of time. As the poll option says: “STOP MESSING WITH THE CLASSICS” especially if you are now mining them for story material.

  9. Continue off from the alternate future of days of future past. It needs a little more closure, at least have all the original cast do cameos or something. Include some of the classic villians, sabretooth, blob, and maybe a different juggernaut then we seen in x3. Then include new villians. I like the omega red idea and maybe a more cyborg lady death strike that would be cool too. Make her reappearance kinda have some of the events of the original trilogy not rewritten( when Wolvie jabbed her with the adamantium injector) some one brings her back ,hence the cyborg lady deathstrike. Just some ideas

  10. I think the best storyline is the X-23 storyline with Omega Red making his appearance.