‘The Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman on Jean Grey’s Return

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News on The Wolverine has come fast and furious this week, culminating in the release of the film’s first trailer. That footage, of course, confirms that the plot will center largely on Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) trip to Japan as he comes to grips with his immortality and potentially loses his mutant healing factor.

However, the new footage also revealed that Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) will make an appearance in some form. Jackman had previously teased that The Wolverine would feature an X-Men cameo, and Janssen herself has played coy when addressing rumors that her character – despite her death at Wolverine’s hands in X-Men: The Last Stand – would return to the franchise.

Now Jackman, in an interview with MTV, has spoken out about the role Jean Grey plays in The Wolverine. Here’s what he had to say:

“There’s no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is — we’ve seen through the movies — is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ but in this movie, she has a presence which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself.”

The actor – fresh from his Oscar-nominated role in Les Miserables – declined to elaborate on exactly how Jean Grey’s ‘presence’ will be felt. Yet, be it a flashback, dream or genuine resurrection, Janssen’s involvement certainly bodes well for her potential return in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the original X-Men trilogy, Logan’s love for Jean Grey fueled his motivation to join the team in the first place. So her inclusion here is perfectly in keeping with that character’s arc in a post-Last Stand world.

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That journey will also include a breathtaking action sequence atop a speeding bullet train. Jackman also discussed what shooting that scene entailed.

“It is insane. It was insane to shoot it. It was, again, one of those brilliant ideas. One of the most emblematic things about Japan is the bullet train. I can’t go on the bullet train without any incident. It was hairy, shooting that stuff. To re-create what that is like, the kind of winds at 300 miles per hour, let me just say, looking back at some of the footage, I thought, ‘It’s time for a facelift.’ “

Hopes remain high that The Wolverine can live up to expectations and especially that it will make up for the disappointment of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The fact that Logan’s past will come back to haunt him is definitely a step in the right direction, as is the inclusion of the kind of frenetic action befitting Logan’s intensity in battle. Berserker rage, anyone?

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.


Source: MTV

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  1. lets all pretend last stand never happened

    • Can’t when they keep throwing that crap back in our faces. There is no reason why Jean needs to appear in a Wolverine stand alone film.

      I don’t think even Bishop, Cable and Forge can fix this mess.

      • Enjoy being a hater. It seems pretty clear to me that this one going to be awesome. What exactly indicates to you that this will be a mess? What do you want?

        • Jeans presence is only there to reinforce the connection to X3. Also Wolverine loses his mutant ability? X3 mutant cure anyone?

          Also that train sequence looks bad.

      • I agree her presence may be unnecessary, and I fear it will be an odd distraction. On the other hand, if they can restrain themselves from making the film lopsided just to reintroduce a fan favorite character for the next film, then some careful use of her image and voice and presence in Logan’s mind might be the most appropriate thing they could do. I am suspicious tht it will not be careful, subtle and relevant, but rather forced and uncalled for. We shall see soon enough. Fortunately the film looks cool, and unlike any others, so I have hopes it will not dissapoint.

      • I agree.
        Why would does Wolverine need X-Men tagalongs in his movie.
        We know his part of the X-Men, we don’t need reminders.

    • That’s basically what their doing!! Origins & Last Stand never happened!!

  2. I’ve been pretending for a long time that movie never happened lol

    • i think we all have

      • The last stand is not a good movie. But everybody needs to stop talking about like it’s the worst movie of all time. It’s not Batman and Robin. It takes massive story liberties, dug a deep storytelling hole for cyclops, jean grey and xavier. It completely misuses juggernaut. But it does have competent action and performances otherwise. It’s better than origins that’s for sure!

        • I respectfully disagree. I’d rather watch Origins. Let’s review.

          Last Stand:

          - Teased Sentinels, nothing came of it.
          – Bolivar Trask was a character in the movie, no connection at all
          - Made Juggernaut a mutant
          – No mention of his relation to Xavier, at all
          - Made Multiple Man a villain
          - Promoted Angel and Colossus like crazy, roles were minimal
          - Tossed in Psylocke on whim, incredibly irrelevant role as a villain resulted and killed her off
          - Killed everyone off that is integral to the X-Men core (Cyclops, Xavier, Jean). Sure, Jean HAD to die, but why introduce Phoenix to begin with if you’re not going to do it right? Shi’ar, Starjammers, the whole works. Could have been its own trilogy, focus the previous one on Magneto instead.
          - The only redeeming quality, and he doesn’t redeem it enough to make it watchable again, was the Beast. He was the only good thing I took from this movie. Everything else was garbage.

          Now, while Origins did have many of its own mistakes, I can at least sit through it, even though it absolutely destroyed Deadpool and Sabretooth.

          • @anon1498
            I totally agree.
            X-Men was screwed up from the 1st movie.
            Wolverine was the only cool character to me.
            They don’t know what storyline they wanna follow, where to go with it what universe was it.
            Okay Sabertooth was in Wolverine origins, so why doesn’t Sabertooth know Wolverine.
            Why does Beast look like a blue furry human in Last Stand but looks like a cat in X-Men: First Class when it’s an X-Men prequel.
            Wasn’t Beast’s cat transformation something that took place long after joining the X-Men.
            I think all the X-Men movies needs to rebooted so they can decide on how the storyline goes.
            The Wolverine looks great but it doesn’t need Jean.

            • I loved Liev Schrieber’s Sabretooth personally. Not sure how they “messed him up” in Origins unless you mean his look, which was pretty badass compared to the “true to the comics” look of the first X-Men movie.

              • Sabretooth in Origins looked more like the early version of the character from the Iron Fist and Mutant Massacre comics. There seems to be a huge disconnect with what people think characters should look like in real life versus the dozens of artistic interpretations done over the years.

                As for Last Stand all I can say is that the script was a mess and they tried to use as many characters as they could from the list of IP’s they have. Wolverine:Origins drifted into that territory after the firs act, even though it tried to stick to aspects of the Silverfox/Weapon X story from the comics and what had been established in X-2 with Stryker. But again adding characters that did not need to be there derailed it completely by the third act. I hope they aren’t going down the same road with this film.

                • OK people , get off the Wolverine : Origins hater bus , unless you actually didn’t like the REAL source material it came from . Which was : a 6-issue set of graphic novels that came out somewhere near 2000( i have the issues somewhere – haven’t re-read them n a while ) . If you HAD bought that , you haters would realize it was a ALMOST-perfect adaptation of that as the OFFICIAL origin of Wolverine … So THIS is why Sabretooth looks almost human , the story starts in the late 19th Century with them as brothers – NOT Canada in the 50′s as Weapon X , and they had Stryker using him to help fight in American wars before 1950 .If you had read the novels you would have understood where all those characters came from . I personally like Origins better than any of the X-Men films , but that’s because I was a Wolverine fan from the first introduction of the character in the comics …. BTW , the “lose his powers-have to deal with his human side” story arc occurred all the time in the comics , so it SHOULD be in at least one of his movies . THAT’S the “origin” of the character’s popularity . “Am I Human , Or Am I Beast ” . And can the human REALLY control the animal ??

  3. so does logan have all his memories back by this time?

    • Good question. I wouldn’t have thought so though. In the comics he goes to japan to find out more of his past

  4. Wolverine Origins was horrible. So was X-Men 3. Gavin Hood and Bryan Singer should never be allowed to direct again. Yet here they are again out to ruin more great stories: Gavin Hood with Ender’s Game and Singer with Days of Future Past. NO THANKS. I will exercise my ticket buying power and vote NO.

    • Dude, Bryan Singer is the reason why the x men movies became popular. He didn’t direct or have involvement in x3. Days of Future Past movie will bring X-Men back to the awesome spotlight with Bryan Singer at the helm

    • c;learly someone knows nothing about xmen movie universe
      - Singer was only involved in xmen 1 and 2
      he actually already had an outline for 3 but he was replaced by fox because they wanted to get xmen 3 to the box office fast to make a profit
      -thus they rushed the job
      Singer had nothing to do with origins either
      so basically xmen films without his involvement have been disasters except for first class and he was a prodducer for that film
      so whats your point

      • Well said!!!

      • I thought he jumped ship to do “Superman Returns”, leaving directing to Michael Vaughn, who then quit leaving it to Brett Ratner.

        • You are right, they are just trying to romance the Bryan Singer situation and make it seem as if he had nothing to do with the train wreak that is all x-men movies.

      • see above as to why Origins was NOT a disaster. Or horrible . Please read the 6-issue graphic novels of his “origin” before you all comment on the movie AGAIN …

    • all the X-Men movies with Singers involvement have done quite well, both finacially and critically. I think X2 actually out performs Batman Begins on rotten tomatoes. I dont really know much about The Wolverine, but the trailer looks cool. I’m caustiously optomistic.

    • @Insider Get your facts straight. Bryan Singer Directed The original X-Men & X2. Last Stand Was Directed By Brett Retner. The Wolverine(2013)was Directed By James Mangold, whose had no previous involvement with the franchise.

    • LOL

      • Allow me to avoid any confusion. LOL @Insider. Carry on.

  5. looks like they mixed wolverine #1, with the ending of wolverine goes to hell (the living with the wolves scene) and old man logans’ “dont call me wolverine”

  6. all the X-Men movies with Singers involvement have done quite well, both finacially and critically. I think X2 actually out performs Batman Begins on rotten tomatoes. I dont really know much about The Wolverine, but the trailer looks cool. I’m caustiously optomistic.

  7. I’m more curious on where the story will take place in terms of time frame.. Its right after Origins or after Xmen -last stand?

    • From what I hear it takes place after Last Stand.

  8. Wow! I can’t wait for The Wolverine 2013 movie.

  9. Honestly I wanna see jean in this film because I feel like she was apart of a beloved xmen saga and got a raw deal granted she doesn’t needs to be center stage but maybe some kinda cameo like we’ve come use to seeing at the tail end of the super hero movies I’ve always loved jean and felt like she was cheated in the end so let her character get her 15 Minutes of fame in this because she may or may not be in Days of Future Past..

  10. What is fun about the whole Jean Grey thing is technically they can bring her back considering “The Pheonix” in the comics was also an alien force (Phoenix force) which made a clone with all her memories. Sooo… hopefully they can say shes still in a physic coma in the lake and she didnt die. :D Plus it could explain her whole changed personality.