While Twentieth Century Fox may have given up on Daredevil, they have big plans for their flagship Marvel property in the X-Men. Much of the franchise's headlines lately have focused on Bryan Singer's and Matthew Vaughn's upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class which will ambitiously attempt to introduce time travel as a method of making sense of the continuity between all of their films.
Before X-Men: Day of Future Past becomes a reality, there's another prequel that also aims to course correct the series, this one starring the franchise's poster boy Hugh Jackman. The studio has just released the very first official piece of marketing for the film titled The Wolverine and it looks good.
Taking place after the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but not serving as a direct sequel, James Mangold's The Wolverine explores one of the most iconic stories in the character's comic book history: Claremont and Frank Miller's popular 1982 arc where Logan travels to Japan.
We've seen a variety of set photos from production in Australia, featuring Jackman with short hair in a prison camp, and with very long hair and a grizzly beard on the streets of an Alaskan set, but the following image is the first official release from the studio and the first to see Wolverine wielding his Adamantium claws.
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The colors, background and even the less bulky and more toned Hugh Jackman are a reflection of Jackman's and Mangold's attempt to make The Wolverine stand out - visually and from a story perspective - as something different not only from Origins, but from the franchise. From Jackman himself:
"With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic."
"The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film."
The story of The Wolverine follows Logan who, without his memories of the past, ends up in Japan and falling in love with a woman from a powerful family who's meant to marry someone else. Violence ensues and Jackman will find himself at odds against the Silver Samurai. Join in our fun discussion on Jackman's evolving hairstyle and physique in the X-Men series and let us know of your expectations for the film.
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.
The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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