Jackman Hints that Wolverine is Headed to Japan in the Sequel?

May 1, 2009
Source: MTV

Wolverine - Japan

With X-Men Origins: Wolverine is officially out in theaters (and not online), not only is time to talk about what they might've done wrong, but it's also time to look at where they can go next (if anyone wants to even see a sequel). Earlier this week, MTV ran some quotes from an interview with Hugh Jackman talking about ideas for a Wolverine sequel. "I won't lie to you, I have been talking to writers," Jackman admits. "I'm a big fan of the Japanese saga in the comic book." We know that one of the secret endings involves Logan drinking in a bar in Japan, so they've obviously set that storyline up. Now they just need to get him there.

Jackman continues, "However, it was also another one of my goals that you could see the end of this movie parlaying straight into [X-Men], finding that guy in the bar, fighting, drinking, with not much recollection of what's going on. I thought that was important. However, we'll find out beginning of May if there's still an audience for it, if people still like the character. There's no point in telling the story if no one wants to hear it." Good point, but no one wants to hear it unless it's a good story (get it?). So as we wait for the box office totals to arrive, we'll consider the possibility that Wolvie might go to Japan next. Jackman adds more:

"There are so many areas of that Japanese story," Jackman says. "I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world — I can see it aesthetically, too — full of honor and tradition and customs and someone who's really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his way. The idea of the samurai, too — and the tradition there. It's really great. In the comic book he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai — not even mutants. He's shocked by that at first."

After ten years of playing Wolverine and four movies, Jackman definitely knows the character well. He also dropped this little hint: "There's also a great, very intricate story there with Mariko," he says. "And so many cool ways we could go." Even if most people don't like X-Men Origins: Wolverine as is, and even if most people think Deadpool was screwed up, at least we can all agree that Hugh Jackman still did a great job playing Wolverine. And with that, maybe there's some hope that a sequel, set in Japan, could turn out better (X2 was better than X1, right?). So comic book fans, would you want to see a sequel set in Japan?

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I knew this like 6 months ago!

The Awsome Norwegian Dude With Sunglasses on May 1, 2009


You know, all and I mean ALL! the complaining aside I'm sure "Origins" will be enjoyable enough. I wasn't expecting a lot outta this movie anyways (mostly because I wasn't sure about the director and writer) But its gonna be enjoyabel I'm sure. I'm not as anal as so many people are. If they do a second one. Just get the best possible writer and director. All I ask. . .

Freddy13th on May 1, 2009


If it indeed goes to Japan, the Silver Samurai will be the main nemesis as both of them fought over a Japanese girl if my memory serves me right...

cinderboy on May 1, 2009


Its like this, Wolverine was NOT bad in the movie, what made the movie not up to my standings (cause I love the movie) was all the rest of the story, deadpool, adamantium bullets taking his memory, and not enough mutant action, why put so many different mutants in a movie but not get to see their powers? With that said Wolverine him self, AWESOME! Hugh Jackman is the best man for the job and a Japan story would do very well in theaters.

Wolverine is awesome on May 1, 2009


I would definitely want to see it make it to Japan. It would be interesting to see Mariko and Wolverine's relationship and of cuz, the Samurai and Yakuza.

James Pong on May 1, 2009


I don't know that we can ALL agree that he did a good job. While he definitely looks the part, Jackman seemed to really just be phoning it in over the course of Wolverine. It could be because of the terrible writing, but Wolverine really lacked the depth and subtlety of the first movie (it was missing in the second and third as well). In this movie, he's a goofy caricature of himself (as are all the characters). There are scenes where they might as well start playing Yakity Sax and adding big "BIF!" and "POW!" graphics to the scene.

Pete the Geek on May 1, 2009


If this movie makes a certain level of profit; then Fox will definitely make another one. Otherwise the rights to the character will revert back to Marvel studios. That, of course, would be the best scenario, because Marvel is the only "studio" that is interested, in doing these characters proper cinematic justice. As it stands right now, none of the feedback I'm reading is leading me to head out to see this. It sounds like this movie is on a par (quality-wise), with Spiderman 3; so I will most likely wait until it's available through Netflix. My first, in-theater viewing of a summer movie this year will be J.J. Trek.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on May 1, 2009


I thought it was worth the ticket price, it was well cast (the actors playing Gambit and the blob were surprisingly good) and the action scenes were competently directed and the script even had a few funny lines. Sure it felt like a poor man’s x2 at times and parts of the movie were downright bad, but when you go in expecting x-men 3 and find a mostly enjoyable action movie... Anyway, Japan might be intersting place to take it to, one thing this movie went over board on was location changes, it might give the next one more focus.

Staatz on May 1, 2009


Its a really good idea I think. It will appeal to the Japanese masses too.

cinderboy on May 1, 2009


old news, Jackman was saying the same stuff back during press interviews for "Australia"

Christopher M on May 1, 2009


it's a good chance to bring out Silver Samurai if done correctly.

The Delightful Deviant on May 1, 2009


Wolverine going to Japan would be a great sequal. Fans would be able to see how he became a samurai. We'd also see his relationship with Mariko who's father is the head of the Yakuza crime family. She is also half sister to Silver Samurai and is cousins with Sunfire. Oh, and don't forget Matsu'o Tsurayaba as a villain as well. Hopefully they make this film well.

Marius on May 1, 2009


Potential list of characters to meet in Japan: Silver Samurai Lady Deathstrike Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) and you can't have Silver Samurai and Sunfire without APOCALYPSE (Age of Apocalypse storyline)

Chris H on May 1, 2009


@13 You can't use Lady Deathstrike due to them already using her. When Wolverine met her in X2 he didn't recognize her. So if they do use her they'll have to erase his memory again. Plus she won't have claws.

Marius on May 1, 2009


#14 That doesn't mean her character can't be set up. I'm assuming in the movie Cyclops doesn't meet with Wolverine, since in the original xmen movies it didn't seem like Cyclops and Wolverine had met before. If that is the case for cyclops (I didn't see the movie yet, I'm just guessing) then there's no reason why Deathstrike's character can't also be set up without her and wolverine actually meeting.

Chris H on May 1, 2009


@15 I see your point. And I agree. But she can't have claws yet. Stryker made it seem like he just did that to her right before X2 started.

Marius on May 1, 2009


sounds like the last samurai to me lol

nelson on May 1, 2009


As much as I want to hope for the best, I am hoping they bury this franchise soon enough. Its not worth another triumphant mess of a movie despite having the material available to them to make something completely wonderful.

Voice of Reason on May 1, 2009


Kiss my ass Jackman. You're a poster boy that can sell a movie. Congratu-freaking-lations. You're a puppet. Who cares what he has to say anymore. He promotes crap. I just can't wait until they kill the franchise entirely and reboot it 10 years from now. Not to say that Hugh doesn't fit a Wolverine character, but you can't even rely on him to produce GOOD QUALITY films. It's obvious he just signs on to fill the role on whatever he needs to do. You're crap Hugh, you've lost all credibility as an actor. Let me make one thing very clear: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, had a ton of useful, insightful, witty, and energetic material it could pull from. Decades of the stuff... yet they shat out that... thing! Who cares what other source material they have!? Do yourselves a favor and just GO READ IT YOURSELF. It is now painfully clear - obvious - that the people in charge of the X-Men franchise can't translate good work on screen. Kill this franchise, in respect for the fans.

Dan the Fan on May 1, 2009


No duh. The end of the bootleg cut has him in Japan at the end of the movie. To not go with his Samurai background (Which was a huge mistake for this film) would be a disservice to the character.

Kent from Daftbot on May 1, 2009


I liked this movie; I thought it was at the very least way, way better than The Last Stand was. I definitely hope they'll go the Japan route in a future movie. Yes, it wasn't impressive like X2 was impressive, but it was pretty satisfying (at least to me.) @Chris H -- Wolverine and Cyclops are onstage together at the same time, but they don't interact and Cyclops never sees Wolverine, so it didn't put any real crimp in reconciling this film with the others. I thought it kind of added an interesting retro-spect to the hostility in the earlier films; that they're both involved in this huge event, and thanks to circumstances neither of them has the least clue.

Nick M on May 1, 2009


Meh. More Wolverine and Jackman? Was hoping for a Xmen: Magneto movie more. Hope they focus on that next.

aaron on May 1, 2009


Just seeing the toys it looks like they had this planned out.

Hey Ya on May 2, 2009


If you want a magneto movie, you better pray this Wolverine Origins succeeds. Lie to your friends and take them to go see the movie. If the wolverine movie does well you can expect Magneto talk to start very soon.

Chris H on May 2, 2009


Personally, I just want to see this franchise end. X3 was pretty bad, and while this film was better, I don't think they will be able to get back to that X2 level.

Ajax on May 2, 2009


I'm definitely rooting for a sequel set in Japan.

Senara on May 2, 2009


i think it will be based on the very first wolverine limited series by frank miller from the 80s.very cool story ninja's & the silver samurai(if fox make slight changes it will end up being the fucking silver surfer.)i heard a rumor months ago that they wanted cyber to be the villian as well.

zetsu on May 3, 2009


Pls Marvel why, did you let HollyWood mess up my fav Super Hero Real past . It was good for no fans who dont know his History but, for the Real Fans yea ya got me the Real fans HollyWood messed his past up. Where was Rose at and, before He was Creed his name was Dog so, if ya going to do a Movie at least do it right for Gods sake DO IT FRIGGIN RIGHT BUB S .

James C on May 3, 2009


I was so hoping for this when I first heard they were making a Wolverine movie a couple years back. I'm super excited at the possibility of the Japanese arc being explored. So few people even know about it and it's pretty cool.

Victorius on May 3, 2009


@aaron - I'm with you. Never was the biggest Wolverine fan - he's great and all - but let's move on. Also, 89 million in the first weekend is pretty dang decent.

bozoconnors on May 4, 2009


Okay. First of all, if Fox has anything to do with it it is doomed, just like all their other pathetic attempts at comic book films. As long as they make money, Fox doesn't care about the characters or their storylines. As far as Fox is concerned they are names on a list. That is why various characters used in the Wolverine movie shouldn't have been there because they were not part of Wolverine's timeline. Fox loves to play pick and place with characters. They took one of the best Marvel characters of all time and screwed him royal. Think I'm pissed? You'd be right. Fox should be drawn and quartered for what they did to this film. They should also be banned from touching anything comic book related ever ever again. Period.

Kimberly Moore on May 9, 2009


Ugh, I hated the Japanese saga. Please tell me they're not going to introduce that stupid magic katana (The Muramasa Blade) Wasn't Mariko Lady Deathstryke? What are they going to do? Retcon X2 so that suddenly she knows him?

Emma on Jul 23, 2009

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