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After the somewhat startling revelation The Wolverine would be a sequel to X3: The Last Stand, not a direct sequel but still occurring within the same cinematic universe, director James Mangold had more to say in his recent interview with Empire magazine. He talked mostly about what the tone of The Wolverine would be – it’s dark – and how it’ll be fundamentally different from all the other Marvel films – remember, keyword dark.

It’s rooted in drama. Effectively almost every superhero film, in a sense, revolves around some large group of humanity that’s either killed or held hostage while superheroes battle it out with supervillains. The essential driving forces of this movie are interpersonal and dramatic, about love, bitterness, loss, vengeance, redemption, depression, suicide, conquering inner demons – it’s going to make it a very different film than people have seen.

Knowing how things went down for Logan at the end of X3 I’m not too surprised he’s feelin’ pretty low. So why would he choose to visit Japan to relax and regroup?

The cultural qualities that Japan and its people bring – honour, a sense of duty, of conflict – really fit beautifully around Logan. Our film find Logan at a point where he’s very much a ronin – a samurai without a master. Anyone he ever had a connection to is either dead or gone.

The Wolverine is going to be Logan as the lone wolf, or at least that’s the vibe I’m getting. And I’m cool with all of this as long as it washes away that bad taste leftover from Wolverine: Origins. Hugh Jackman has already assured fans all will be made right with this flick and I believe him.

Mangold wants this film to be realistic and grounded, and has shied away from grand CGI effects,

When I say realistic, what I mean is that it’s not built on 70-foot lizards from outer space. Our goal is to try to be a little less super-CG and wires, and a little more hardcore. I want the film to feel analogue. You always have large-scale action and adventure – it wouldn’t be a movie about gods if you didn’t have epic physicality. But we all feel we’re making a Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m stoked for The Wolverine. I like what I’m hearing. I like that it’ll be grounded in reality with more practical effects over CGI. I like that it’ll focus more on Logan’s personal journey rather than some big, contrived superhero plot. I think it’s exactly what we need post-Origins. How are you guys feeling about this movie? Is it coming together how you imagined?

Source: Comic Book Movie

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While I know we are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of X-Men: First Class it seems 20th Century Fox hasn’t given up hope on continuing the X-Men series began by Bryan Singer. There has been some pretty significant talk about a sequel to 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and that this fourth film would lead into a fifth. This comes in light of the news that Fox is trying to push out other Marvel movies as quickly as possible, Deadpool for example.

Producer Laura Shuler Donner said in the latest issue of Empire Magazine that Fox is planning to turn X-Men: First Class into it’s own series and they still have hopes of continuing the first X-Men film franchise. Apparently a treatment for X-Men 4 was brought to the studio and was well received. And of course this fourth film would be leading into a fifth because heaven forbid Hollywood makes a movie nowadays that doesn’t require a sequel.

I’m surprised and not so surprised there’s talk of an X-Men 4, as well as I wouldn’t want them to try but I would like that series to go out on a higher note. X-Men 3 was a disaster plagued by too many characters to many plot lines, many of which were rushed to be resolved by the end of the film. My particular favorite part is the mishandling of Cyclop’s death, a scene that becomes hilarious when other characters don’t even seem to notice he’s dead until they realize Jean’s become a super-powerful, psycho bitch. But X-Men and X2 were great! I loved the casting and would give anything to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan reprise their roles as Xavier and Magneto.  Which give me a little hope for X-Men 4 because the two giant cliffhangers were Xavier not really being dead and Magneto not really losing his powers.

What do you guys think, would you shell out to see a sequel to the dismal X3?

source: Cinema Blend