- 08 April 2013
- By John Howell
After the amazing X-Men: First Class starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, my interest in returning to the X-Men universe is at all time high. Next up is a Marvel Comics solo adventure starring Hugh Jackman as Logan in The Wolverine. Logan is drawn to Japan by a mysterious figure from his past. The Wolverine trailers suggest he helped this man survive one of the nuclear blasts at the end of World War 2. The man offers Logan a gift to repay his help - the gift of mortality. The trailers hint that all is not as it should be and complicated challenges await, with plenty of sword wielding Samurai and rooftop train battles to maintain the momenteum. This story in the second Wolverine film, X-Men Origins - Wolverine was the first, and is set sometime after the events depicted in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Hugh Jackman told Entertainment Weekly that Wolverine being surrounded by death while unable to die due to his healing is a major theme in the film "he realises everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain. So it's better that he just escapes. He can't die really. He just wants to get away from everything."
The film was converted to 3D in post-production and the screenplay is written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bombac. James Mangold is in the director's chair. Interestingly, Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain and Pi) was originally hired to direct the film, but pulled out at the last minute.
The Wolverine is scheduled for release between 24 to 26 July 2013, the exact date depending on what country you happen to inhabit.
Watch the two The Wolverine trailers below. You can find the official The Wolverine website here. Apart from the international trailer though, there's not a lot there.
In my case, the trailers were unnecessary. As soon as they mentioned Japanese Samurai and Wolverine, I had already mentally purchased a ticket.
If you're waiting for the sequel to X-Men: First Class as I am, there a bit of a delay so The Wolverine will have to be enough for you this year. The X-Men: First Class sequel is not due out until July 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be directed by the X-Men veteran Bryan Singer (he directed the first two X-Men films). According to Digital Spy, the film will bring back Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman in some type of time travel escapade.
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