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Wolverine movie is NOT a prequel: James Mangold

October 26th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

The Wolverine movie will not be a prequel, despite the orignal source story being set in Logan’s past. We didn’t see this coming…

Director James Mangold, speaking to Empire magazine, confirmed that, while it IS based on Frank Miller’s original story, it will NOT be the prequel everyone expected. In fact it will take place after X-Men: The Last Stand: “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,” says Mangold. “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.”

This may lead to it being the deepest of all the X-movies: “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.”

However, as Darkhorizons pointed out, with scenes being filmed in a WWII Japanese POW camp, Empire carrying pics of Jackman with the bone claws, and rumours of Famke Jannsen appearing, it is safe to say at least a portion of the movie will tell some of Logan’s backstory. Colour us… enthralled.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Andrew

    Hmm, as much as i HATED last stand, at the end of that Logan seemed comfortable with his situation essentially as one of the leaders of the X-Men and of Xavier’s school in general, so why would we then find him after that, out on his own and not part of that anymore?

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