Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will come back to theaters on July 26 in The Wolverine. The film, not a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, will be set in Japan, a decision based off of Wolverine, a mini-series in the 80’s created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. That's a lot of Wolverines, but what does it mean for the film? Read on to get some nice story information.
The film’s director, James Mangold, sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the film. Mangold had this to say:
It’s set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to X-Men 3… [I chose to set it after those films] because of some of the themes in the Claremont/Miller saga. I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you’re dealing with a character who is essentially immortal.
The film’s premise promises X-Men fans another fun dive into the crucial backstory of their favorite mutant. It will feature his first love, Mariko, and the villain Viper. Seeing Wolverine in such a foreign environment will be really interesting
You can check out the full interview by following this link.