James Mangold‘s The Wolverine begins after the X-Men trilogy. This means we’re seeing a Wolverine that has just gone through some pretty traumatic times and is still struggling to come to grips with his returned memories, the death (by his own hands) of an extraordinary woman in his life (Jean Grey). Those kind of things mark a man, even a man like Wolverine.
That’s the emotional setup one must consider when looking at the story line in The Wolverine, but why set the movie in Japan, why would Logan go to Japan after all he’s been through, wouldn’t he want to be left alone? That’s more in line with his character. In a recent article in Empire, The Wolverine Producer Hutch Parker talked about the story behind Wolverine’s journey to Japan:
“We pick up Logan in a very isolated state, full of self-loathing. He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn’t fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience – effectively Logan saved him – is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he’s had. But this gift draws Logan into a very complex and very unexpected world within both contemporary Japan, and to some degree the feudal history of Japan. The quality of this story is that it takes Logan on such a challenging personal journey. He’s so in isolation, so out of his element. It’s a much more powerful distillation of his character than you’ve seen before. It’s why people have always love this particular story.”
It looks like this is the doorway in which Wolverine will encounter the Yashida family, Mariko (Logan’s love interest in the comics) and her half brother Keniuchio Harada, the Japanese mutant known as The Silver Samurai. Mariko’s father is the head of the Yashida clan and the family is heavily involved in criminal activities as part of the famed Japanese mafia, the Yakuza. Throw in one pissed off, clawed out, mutant and you’ve got a movie worth seeing.
The other good news is that we now know when we’ll get a look at the first trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. The trailer will make it’s way onto fan boy and girl computer screens everywhere on February 12th. The trailer will then make it’s movie theater debut in the previews for screenings of A Good Day To Die Hard the following weekend, but don’t get too excited. Mangold has hinted that this is really a buffed up teaser trailer without many story line details.