James Mangold Clarifies The Wolverine’s Timeline, Plus New Image

Hugh Jackman as WolverinePOTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW REGARDING A CERTAIN “SURPRISE” CAMEO

Will it be another prequel like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”? Or will it pretend as if “XO:W” didn’t exist at all (you know, like the rest of the world)? How about the three “X-Men” movies? What about Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class”? All very good questions, and apparently ones that director James Mangold has heard before.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Mangold has clarified “The Wolverine’s” timeline, telling the mag:

Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.

Interesting, especially given the rumors of a Jean Grey cameo. As you’ll recall, Wolverine sort of said goodbye to Jean Grey using his claws. Flashbacks, perhaps?

Jean Grey aside, how will “The Wolverine” fit into the rest of Fox’s Marvel Universe? According to Mangold, it might not. In fact, from the sounds of it, this might be a standalone movie, completely detached from the larger Fox Marvel Universe.

That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.

A curious approach, especially given how well and successfully Marvel is doing with their own Marvel Movie Universe in terms of continuity. And didn’t Fox make a big ol hullabaloo about hiring Scottish comic scribe Mark Millar to connect their Fox Marvel Universe for them?

In any case, here’s a new pic from “The Wolverine”, also from Empire (via CBM):

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (2013) Movie Magazine Scan