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36 Must-Pause Moments From The Wolverine Trailer
A screengrab-by-screengrab account of Logan’s return...

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Inspired by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s much-loved comic-book run, The Wolverine takes The Mass Murderer Formerly Known As James Howlett to Japan for sake, sex and the removal of his healing powers. The full-length trailer for James Mangold’s take on the character that made Hugh Jackman famous arrived this week, and here below are 36 moments that made us want to stop a second and have a closer look.

N.B. As this is an analysis of a trailer, there will be spoilers of a sort here. This is your final warning, Bub.

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As we exclusively revealed back in the December issue of Empire, The Wolverine is not a direct sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but a follow-up to X-Men: The Last Stand. This is despite the post-credits sting at end of Gavin Hood’s 2009 take on Logan Begins where Wolvie schlocks back the sake down Tokyo way. Check out this admittedly ropey recording of the footage to hear him respond to the question “Are you drinking to forget?” with the words “No, I’m drinking to remember.” This implies that Logan has already been in Japan before the events of X-Men, X2 and The Last Stand. Then again, you may want to treat that post-credits sting as non-canon as many people aren't aware of it and The Wolverine seems to ignore its existence.

The Wolverine Trailer

Anyway, this all explains why he’s carrying around a photo of Jean Grey, the woman he loved (and killed) – with the mourning process turning him into an incredibly temperamental hobo.

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1 Days of future past, present....future
I'm not a big reader of the graphic novels for X-Men so do not know the backstory too well but I'm holding onto hope that this and the X-Men First Class movies will be better than their respective predecessors. The last truely good X-Men movie was X2 and I just didn't enjoy First Class as much as other people (The first Origins movie sucked big time also). So hopefully X-Men is set for a bright future and looking at this trailer, I am causiously hopeful...... More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Tuesday April 2, 2013, 19:41

2
I am positive.... More

Posted by Overmind on Friday March 29, 2013, 08:00

3 Finally!
I was interested in this movie, but this scene of Logan with Jean made up my mind. I'm definitely going to go see it. I've always loved the Jean Grey/Phoenix character, and I hated the hatchet job Bret Ratner did on her in 'Last Stand'. No fire in her eyes, no firebird, just black eyes and black veins under her skin when she used her powers. It was obvious Ratner just didn't give a damn about her. Pathetic. Maybe this retcon (or whatever this is) will result in Jean showing up in Singer's 'Days of Future Past'. More

Posted by coyoteone on Thursday March 28, 2013, 22:14

4 Hallucinating
Gazzabrook - I think Viper may use venom/toxins to make people hallucinate. I think it was looking promising until the train bit. But I still maintain that Jackman would not have done this if he thought it was going to be bad, especially after Origins. More

Posted by cawykes on Thursday March 28, 2013, 15:48

5 Viper confusion
I'm a bit confused as to the portrayal of Viper, this is Viper as in Madame HYDRA, correct ??? Who has not snake like powers at all in fact she has now power at all. the only other people in the Marvel universe whom have took the name Viper are Men - so Why does the trailer show her "shedding" skin More

Posted by Gazzabrook on Thursday March 28, 2013, 14:59

6 The Silver samurai suit isn't massive...
It's obviously mounted up high on a wall therefore the perspective of the shot makes it look as though it's huge. More

Posted by Maca007 on Thursday March 28, 2013, 14:43

7 Trojansi77
I thought I made it clear enough when I said "genuine pain" -- I haven't done so, I see that now! What I'm talking about is pain with consequence. More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Thursday March 28, 2013, 14:41

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I would think that the picture of Buddha would indicate that it was a buddhist shrine..;) but looks good! missing a geisha or two though to complete the Japan tropes set. More

Posted by jimbobbsan on Thursday March 28, 2013, 13:56

9 Pain
You keep mentioning about Wolverine feeling pain - he always has done. He's never been immune to pain. Had high hopes for this which are dwindling a bit now I see there's a whole removal of powers story. Then again, I've sat through Origins a few times and it's bound to be better than that! More

Posted by Trojansi77 on Thursday March 28, 2013, 13:13

10 Optimistic...
Looks a bit shinier than i would have liked, a bit too in line with the existing x-aesthetic of shiny silver everywhere when from the way Mangold and Jackman have been on about it i expected something a bit grimier and browner and more adult... but I'm holding out hope since they have a great angle here, and this could well end up the movie the character deserves. Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma was genuinely great, would have liked to see a vibe to this closer to that, with blood and pain death. This seems (at least visually) a bit too popcorny and 3D-happy, considering that Wolvie is potentially the most R-rated mainstream superhero out there. I'd like to see some real brutality with the claws. Do it Hunger Games style, you can be violent without forfeiting you 12A rating! More

Posted by bleugh07 on Thursday March 28, 2013, 12:36

11 Sorry!
I just accidentally removed a comment when I meant to write my own. Sorry, whoever that was! More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Thursday March 28, 2013, 12:02

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