So we all assumed that the new solo Wolverine movie, simply called The Wolverine, was a post X-Men Origins sequel and a pre-first X-Men film prequel. But in an interview with Empire, Wolverine director James Mangold suggested that the opposite might be the case:
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.
So it takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand? Interesting. That would certainly fit with the rumor that Famke Janssen was flying to Australia to cameo in the film as Jean Grey. At the same time though, leaked photos and videos have shown a scene set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. Perhaps these are flashbacks? Regardless, Mangold says it’s all part of his plan:
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 kind of league or team movie.
In other Wolverine news, Empire had the below picture from the film, and it features everyone’s favorite mutant wild man with bone – yes, BONE – claws. Check it out:
The Wolverine is set to open in theaters on July 26, 2013.
Source. Geek Tyrant