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New Bone Claws Photo Revealed + More 'The Wolverine' Plot Details

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October 25, 2012
Source: Empire

The Wolverine

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:

The Wolverine Bone Claws - 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?

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments

1

How does he have bone claws if this is in the future?

Daniel Koelsch on Oct 25, 2012

2

I think its a flashback in the movie

A.D on Oct 25, 2012

3

agreed since the plot says 'confronts a mysterious figure from his past'

Jericho on Oct 25, 2012

4

He's gonna confront whoever the idiot was that came up with the bone claws in the first place...

BloodwerK on Oct 25, 2012

5

Depending on whether or not this is a flashback scene, I agree. Wolvie didn't have bone claws until AFTER Magneto stripped the adamantium from his body and the bones grew in in place of the adamantium ones.

Matthew South on Oct 25, 2012

6

So what mechanism controlled the claws if he wasn't born with bone claws? Being bone claws all along makes more sense.

Scott Ezell on Oct 25, 2012

7

Read the comics. It was a design that worked the same way with the bone claws, detracting when he clenched his fists and retracting when he relaxed them.

Matthew South on Oct 25, 2012

8

It's funny how I get a vote down because I am actually informed on the character outside of the movies.

Matthew South on Oct 25, 2012

9

While originally depicted as bionic implants created by the Weapon X program,[77] the claws are later revealed to be a natural part of his body.[78] The claws are not made of keratin, as claws tend to be in the animal kingdom, but extremely dense bone. Perhaps you misunderstood what happened.

Mike on Feb 28, 2013

10

@facebook-561490153:disqus This all depends on the version/history of Wolverine. Much of the first Wolverine movie was based on XMen Origins: Wolverine, where he did have bone claws as a boy.

Akirakorn on Oct 25, 2012

11

I like Huh Jackmans Wolverine. But if they were to make a stand-alone film, in Asia and change stuff up they should have recasted the role and really make it something that stands-alone. Now it could have a... i don't know... "never say never again" feel to it or something. And I don't see the reason having a stand alone adventure if it doesn't push the X-men story forward...

Ryderup on Oct 25, 2012

12

It's really a sequel, but it stands alone from the franchise because it doesn't involve the X-Men. It is just simply about Wolverine.

Matthew South on Oct 25, 2012

13

You are correct: "The Wolverine director James Mangold is clearing the air regarding the film's timeline. He's officially confirmed that it's not a prequel. He told Empire Magazine that it takes place after the original X-Men trilogy", got this from another online movie site....

David Banner on Oct 25, 2012

14

I like how his caption is, "I've got six bones to pick with you..."

Nick Sears on Oct 25, 2012

15

" Though we got a glimpse of them at the beginning of X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Yeah, we got a 'glimpse' alright...he had the Bone claws for at least the first 35 minutes of the movie.

Chris Groves on Oct 25, 2012

16

I actually LOVE that this is looking like a sequel with flashbacks. Eventually, the actor ages too much for them to still play a 'younger' version, even in the case of Wolverine, where age is a bit of a non-factor. But also, prequels made so many years after the original end up being too 'advanced' stylistically to match sometimes. Watching Star Wars Episode 3 and then Episode 4 is quite jarring, I'm sure the same applies for watching Prometheus and then trying to watch Alien...

Chris Groves on Oct 25, 2012

17

Why the "stand-alone" talk? Why don't they just say it's before the first X-Men? Or between one of the other ones? Or after the first Wolverine film, it does end in Japan, does it not? Yeah, funny Jean Grey was mentioned, with Famke being in Australia at the time of shooting 🙂

David Banner on Oct 25, 2012

18

Sad how the comic book story line by Claremont and Frank Miller from the 80's is the best that the illustrious Hollywood filmmakers could come up with. Bryan Singer's X-Men continuity must end. The franchise needs to revert back to Marvel.

John Griffin on Oct 25, 2012

19

Wolverine was awful. They can keep rebooting it as long as they want though.

BK on Oct 25, 2012

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