New Bone Claws Photo Revealed + More 'The Wolverine' Plot Details
He's back! Though we got a glimpse of them at the beginning of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Logan is back sporting his bone claws in The Wolverine, the latest X-Men spin-off movie shooting right now. A couple of weeks ago we teased the first badass photo from the Japan-set film, being directed by James Mangold, and marketing is now starting to ramp up right as the movie finishes shooting. Empire (via SlashFilm) has published one of the other first look photos for the film (featuring Logan and his bone claws) along with a few interesting and semi-revealing (but not spoiling) quotes about the story and setting of this new movie.
Mangold refers to The Wolverine as a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it". Sounds perfect to me. He also clarifies one more important detail: the film will take place outside of all of the other previous X-Men movies - a standalone feature. Mangold says: "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." Nice Jean Grey name drop there. Other than that, the film is isolated to Wolverine and the "brutal gang war" he gets entangled in in Tokyo. Before we continue, the bone claws photo from Empire:
Another great quote: "He's always ready for a scrap." We've only seen two photos from this and virtually nothing else, and I'm already excited. But I think that has to do with the fact they're (almost) throwing out everything and starting anew with Wolvie. Mangold continues: "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 team movie.
Based on the celebrated comic book arc by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.
James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, Knight and Day) is directing The Wolverine from a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback who are adapting the classic 1982 story arc in the Wolverine comics, which takes our favorite mutant all the way to Japan. The cast includes Will Yun Lee as the Silver Samurai, Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada and Rila Fukushima. 20th Century Fox is releasing The Wolverine in theaters starting July 26th, 2013 next summer. Lookin' good so far?