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



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  • Jimmy8881

    is that bone claws?

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Oooh. Bone claw Wolvie!!! Must be a flashback if the movie takes place AFTER X3! Not a bada spot to put it in then, and him seeing her would make some sense as he had fallen for her by then. Still can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  • Juggernaut

    I cannot believe that I never, not once, thought of the possibility of this being set after X-Men: The Last Stand!!! I just assumed that it would be picking up where XO:W left off. There were a few alternate endings and one of them showed Logan sitting at a bar in Japan. This is brilliant. They can do whatever they want! The bone claws have to be flashbacks right?!?!?!?! Although, how cool would it be to see his admantium stripped from his body on film! Not sure how they’d do that without Magneto though. Who knows, maybe he’ll have a cameo.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That would be very cool to see! Polaris perhaps, but doubt they’ll do that plus there were sets taht were in WWII or something so probably flashback. I too didn’t think they’d be moving forward with the timeline. It makes sense tjough and allows XO:W to be on its own.

      • Juggernaut

        I was thinking Polaris too. However, if they did that they’d be back in XO:W territory. Stunt casting. Throwing in unjustified cameos by characters that have no real tie (other than being from the same cannon of course) into the mix. Having them shoe horned into the script to appease fanboys and create a cool scenario that ultimately doesn’t lend to the story which is the exact opposite of what Mangold seems to want with the film. More than likely it is a flashback to WWII and nothing more.

        Maybe one day when the right revert back to Marvel one of the films in that franchise will show Wolverine (Jason Statham with an American, er Canadian, accent and one helluva toupe) having his admantium laced exo-skeleton removed by the mutant master of magnetism, Magneto (Viggo Mortensen)!!!

        A man can dream can’t he? Lol.

        • Urizen

          I actually think Origins is the least guilty out of all the X-Men movies of doing this. For example, Deadpool’s depiction alienated a lot of the character’s fans but he certainly had a clear function in the plot of the movie. By comparison I felt that characters like Banshee in First Class or Colossus from X2 really seemed like they were just put in there for the sake of being there.

  • BelmontHeir

    Sounds like we’re inching ever closer to Days of Future Past…I’m excited!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      That’s X-Men First Class 2!!!!

    • Juggernaut

      A Marvel-esque after credits scene setting up X:DOFP would be awesome!

  • WingCm

    I’m intrigued. Mystique could always have a cameo. She’s pretty much immortal as well. Except that she lost her powers. Nevermind that.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Ok I was not expecting that, I sort of expected people would ignore Last Stand like they did Origins, I mean it was just as bad if not worse!
    Say what you will bout Origins though, but that was the closest to a true Wolverine we have seen on film. The game from the movie portrayed the feral nature quite well.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed on everything. Especially the game! You truly feel like WOlverine in that.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    They throw in the “I’m the best at what I do” line in somewhere and I’ll be a happy chap. Wonder if we will see another cameo from one of the in universe characters in days of future past.

    • PUNISHER

      he did say that line in the last origins film but something i would love is a self narrarated film getting real in depth with his thoughts kind of like how sin city is thats the vibe i always felt when i would read a wolverine comic like any other comic but it would fit so well with wolverine especially in a darker tone not in the same tone as the X men films wolverine should be rated R

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Hulk Vs Wolverine was awesome!!! It has some of the same characters and story beats fromXO:Wolverine but was a much more entertaining film.