New ‘The Wolverine’ Image and Poster; Director Says ‘Our Movie Stands Alone’

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The next major superhero movie of 2013 is The Wolverine, featuring Hugh Jackman in his sixth appearance as the adamantium-clawed Logan (assuming you count his cameo in X-Men: First Class). Just over a month remains until Wolvie’s trip to Japan begins showing in theaters, so it’s safe to assume that we’ll see Fox kick the marketing up a notch in the near future.

Today, we have some new material focused on a couple of the ladies in Logan’s life – one alive, one deceased – in addition to new quotes from Wolverine director James Mangold, discussing the film’s (lack of) connection to other X-Men movies, future and past (sorry, couldn’t resist).

The Wolverine picks up some time after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand, with a scruffier-than-usual Logan – who’s abandoned the remaining X-Men, in order to wander the Earth alone – dwelling on the “curse” that is his immortality and painful memories of his dead love Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Everything changes once a mysterious and deadly woman named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) tracks Wolvie down, in order to whisk him away on a visit to Japan that will forever change the mutant with the metal claws.

Check out a new image of Yukio, released by Fox (via Coming Soon):


Meanwhile, Collider has premiered the latest in a series of sumi-e ink character posters for The Wolverine, as designed by Fox’s Chief Creative Officer Tony Sella. Logan and Yukio previously got their own one-sheets – in addition to the villains Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and Silver Samurai – so, it’s only fitting that Jean Grey should likewise get her own stylish poster in that artistic style (with the use of blood red as a not-so-subtle reference to her being deceased).


Lastly, despite the carryover of certain plot elements (specifically, Jean’s death) from The Last Stand, Mangold says that The Wolverine should be viewed as a standalone addition to the X-Men movie universe. In other words, we have bad news for those who’ve been hoping to see Mangold’s comic book film tie-in directly and pave the way for developments in director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (which arrives in theaters next year).

Here is the quote from Mangold, during an interview with SFX:

“Bryan and I have talked and he’s seen what we’ve done. Clearly the reality is that we are all trying to work together and make things groove together. But the trick is we were making our movie before Bryan came on and before I knew what they were up to in that film. Our agenda was always our agenda and our movie stands alone, so the journey we take Logan on in The Wolverine, we bring to a close.”

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Mangold told our Rob Keyes something similar, during an interview conducted on the Wolverine set. Here is what the filmmaker had to say back then, when asked if there was any pressure to “somehow interweave or set up something” in the greater X-Men cinematic universe (in case you missed it):

“I mean, all these things exist in the world around me, and friends of mine and people are working on them. But the fact is that, no, the simple answer is no. I mean, we’ve been underway and kind of producing our saga and getting our script solid for the last two years. I mean, what’s happening with the other [X-Men] pictures is still in play and kind of we’re way ahead of them by a year or two. So, our focus has been entirely on making this the very best Wolverine movie we could.”

For more on the film, check out:


The Wolverine attacks theaters on July 26th, 2013.

Source: Collider, Coming Soon, SFX

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  1. Cue a button scene to sorta link the movies together.

    • Which is why having an overall PLAN is a good thing Fox!

  2. I say, “I still don’t care. I will not be seeing this or FoX-men:DoFP.”

  3. I saw “Man of Steel” for the second time today. There was a rather cheeky mini trailer that said “Stronger than steel” and then three slashes go through it. Later there was a trailer for “The Wolverine”.

    I thought it was pretty cheeky. (^-^)

  4. Sweet lord.

    Those abs better be photo-shopped.

    Otherwise i quit.

  5. how much money do you guys think this sequel/non sequel will do worldwide?

    will it surpass Origins, or a bit unlikely?

    • I dont see why it wouldnt, wolverine is always popular and a money maker. If its good and its got good word of mouth then sure.

      • I think it can surpass it too, but I wonder by what difference.

        I would be really surprised if it does more than 420m

  6. Doesn’t appear to be a lot of hype surrounding this movie. I know I’ll go watch it, but I do wonder how it will do financially.

  7. This happens when
    1. There was no plan to begin with until bryan singer decided to copy marvels blueprint.
    2. Fox’s lack of imagination
    3. Everything they have done with xmen universe and fantastic four has been 59 percent
    4. Include daredevil in the mix cause of no jewish kingpin on movie.
    5. They have made 9 marvel films and cannot not even come to a one billion dollar
    homerun! Heck they cant even beat hancocks numbers…
    6. And worst of all they cant go beyond xmen and fantastic four teamup….. this alone
    makes them them the laughing stocks of comic book movies…

    • Except the xmen films minus Origins have been awesome and Xmen one paved the way for comic movies. Plus most the ones you mention are 10+ years old so comparing them to Marvel’s newer films makes so much since, right? Haters be so funny :-)

      • Nope, Superman paved the way for comic book movies way back in the 70′s… and, except for a few scenes in X-Men 2 and First Class, every X-movie has sucked.

        • I think he meant that X- Men paved the way for Superhero films to actually be taken seriously. The original Superman series hinted at going bad in its sequel, then went downhill from there.

          • Well, it was pretty popular for it’s day and still comes in third in lifetime gross behind MOS and Superman Returns DESPITE being released 30+ years ago.

            X-Men, by comparison, only made $23M more than Superman did lifetime… even though it was released 22 years later.

  8. That one picture of the sword in front of Wolverine’s teeth makes me think he just got finished with a plate of yummy shishkabobs from the backyard BBQ! Hope he remembered the Sweet Baby Ray’s!!

  9. Yukio looks kind of “yuck-io”, sort of mean-spirited and bug-eyed.

  10. The next X-Men movie barely has anything to do with First Class, so I really did not expect this to be connected to DOFP in any way. Maybe it will turn out decent because of it, I just hope they resist the urge to tack on some meaningless stinger to pimp Singers movie.

  11. I bet they cast Andy Samberg as Quicksilver.