Add one more clip to the list of promotional material for Marvel’s upcoming The Wolverine: HBO Advance Notice released a new featurette yesterday that shows off a full, albeit brief, scene from the film as well as some back and forth between director James Mangold and Logan himself, Hugh Jackman.
Jackman, of course, has already spoken at length about the character in an our on-set interview, and Mangold similarly chatted with us about his movie’s action sequences, characters, and mysteries, but here we get to see both men discussing the focus of The Wolverine together.
While the piece shows off a little footage that hasn’t been seen already in trailers and TV spots, it does highlight the rapport between both star and director (who last worked together on Kate & Leopold over a decade ago) and re-emphasizes their intentions in making another standalone film about everyone’s favorite X-Man. If you’ve been keeping up with news about the film, you’re probably well aware of the premise – based off of the acclaimed 1982 standalone series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller (which Jackman has wanted to bring to life for years), the film follows Logan to Japan, where he loses his immortality and faces off against legions of Yakuza, among other threats.
So, naturally, The Wolverine features an abundance of fight scenes as Logan works around his new handicap, but it’s also quite character-oriented. As described by Jackman, Logan is “rudderless” this time around, completely alone following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand; much of The Wolverine‘s narrative appears to be dedicated toward portraying his struggle with his own isolation as he clashes with numerous enemies. According to Mangold, one of the film’s real challenges came from properly managing tone shifts, something that’s central to the scene he and Jackman offer toward the end of the feature.
The scene does not offer the same action seen in the recently released clip featuring Logan brawling with gangsters on a train, but it demonstrates that tonal balance Mangold talks about. Here, Wolverine and Yukio (Rila Fukushima) confront Noburo Mori (Brian Tee), the unscrupulous minister of justice who plans on marrying Mariko (Tao Okamoto), Logan’s love interest; watch the clip for yourself to see how that exchange ends up. Suffice it to say, it’s a pretty perfect representation of who Wolverine is as a character.
Less than a week remains until the film can be seen in full by audiences, so stay tuned to Screen Rant in the next few days as our review drops!
The Wolverine arrives in theaters this Friday, July 26th.