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.