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Wolverine Unveiled
First look at prequel footage

25 July 2008  |  Written by James Dyer  

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One of the biggest surprises today at Comic Con came at the end of the Fox panel when, unscheduled, a very special guest appeared. Coming straight from filming in Australia, Hugh Jackman leapt onstage to introduce the first footage from Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Needless to say the crowd went absolutely mental.

What was shown was a sizzle reel of footage that will likely form the basis of the first trailer. Action-packed isn’t even the word for it and several scenes, including appearances from other well known mutant characters, drew forth a storm of applause.

The footage begins with Jackman’s Logan and Liev Schreiber’s Victor Creed (aka Sabertooth) huddled in a prison cell in army fatigues (Creed’s fingernails are noticeably claw-like). Danny Huston’s William Stryker stands before them.
Stryker: “You were sentenced to death for decapitating a senior officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at 10:00 hours. How did that go?”
Cut to the two tied to stakes and a squad of soldiers opening fire.
Cut back to the cell.
Logan: “It tickled.”
Logan and Creed are seen escaping, followed by a shot of Logan silhouetted by a huge explosion as he walks towards the camera.
Stryker: “My name is Major William Stryker. Tired of denying your true nature?”
Creed: “What do you care?”
Stryker: “Oh I care. I care because I know how valuable you are. I’m putting together a special team. With special privileges. So tell me, how would you like to really serve your country?”

As this is said a variety of images flash across the screen, including Logan with bone claws, an acrobatic Taylor Kitsch as Gambit with his staff glowing at both ends, Silverfox, The Blob and a very brief shot of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool – although he looked more like a normal Ryan Reynolds in a red t-shirt than the masked/scarred Deadpool of the comics.

Cut to: Images of the adamantium injection tank from X2.
Creed: “We didn’t sign up for this.”
Creed: “Who do you think you are?”
Creed: “This is what we do.”
Stryker: “Become the animal.”
Stryker: “Embrace the other side.”

Cut to: a series of images of Logan undergoing the Weapon X experimentation, being submerged in the tank and having adamantium bonded to his skeleton. We see an x-ray image of the metal going into his skull. His claws pop out – now metal-coated – and he springs from the tank in a classic Weapon X look with the adamantium injection spikes still protruding from his body. He attacks everyone around him.

Unidentified Voice: “We’re making him indestructible.”
Cut to: Logan as a boy, bone claws extended.
From there the action heats up with Wolverine clashing several times with Sabertooth in some impressive action sequences (Creed flies through the air, claws first, in one). There are also more images of The Blob and Gambit. Logan in a jeep, which explodes, flinging him into the air where he latches onto the front of a helicopter with his claws.

Cut to: a close up of Logan facing off against Sabertooth
Logan: “I’m gonna cut your god damn head off. See if that works”
He pops his claws.

Jackman went on to say that they’ve just wrapped so nothing’s finished yet but he did say that fans can expect a large amount of “berserker rage” from the film and thanked geeks everywhere, without whom he “wouldn’t have a career.” He also singled out Wolverine creator Len Wein (who happened to be sitting next to Empire) for a very special thanks.

Now, whatever misgivings fans may hold over the film, there’s no denying they saw an impressive sequence, and if the rest of the film is as good as what was shown today then Wolverine may turn out to be a worthy X-sequel after all.

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Your Comments

RE: I knew it!
L: Kaxxx Yep, I know its early days but as soon as Ryan Reynolds was announced as Deadpool I knew his face wouldnt be covered up like he proper costume. Goddamn Hollywood!! aybe / Hopefully Wolverine or Sabretooth will fuck his face up to a donner kebab consistancy, a la Malcolm Colcorde (Weapon X series) and a mask will be introduced? I'll bet that's what happens... More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 08:38 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

I knew it!
Yep, I know its early days but as soon as Ryan Reynolds was announced as Deadpool I knew his face wouldnt be covered up like he proper costume. Goddamn Hollywood!! More

Posted by Kaxxx at 12:36 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

WOW
I manged this morning to see the trailer which someone recorded from the co besides the bad camera work the film is shaping up nicely i like danny houston as Stryker he's no brian cox but what i saw he was really goodsame for liev sheiber as sabertooth a big surprise when he was announced as the character but looks like the character and is pretty good the scene that sold the film for me was when Logan was put in the (sorry for the spelling) adamantium tank it wasn't much but enough to sell me o More

Posted by dave_0989 at 16:22 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
Just watched the footage. Looks OK. seems to tick all of the right buttons with regard the Wolverine story. I'll reserve judgement for another while me thinks   heres the link by the way www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILVmx0a2RlQp; More

Posted by livewire at 11:35 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
The Comic-Con footage is fucking badass, I gotta admit this movie is looking good. Jackman seems even more ripped than he was in the X-Men movies and Schreiber looks like the Sabretooth part fits him like a glove. Reynolds looks shit as Deadpool though, like some second-hand Red Ninja, I really hope that doesn't represent his look for the duration of the film. Nice to see a glimpse of Gambit's cards as well. More

Posted by Kazuya at 11:22 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
L: Fonz L: Chojin I must be the only non-Gambit fan on the planet! He has a boring backstory and gets no good storylines. The one good storyline he did get was his own trial for bringing the marauders together. No your not. I can't stand him. It was around the time of his introduction that the X-comics started to slip into decline in the 1990's. Cable and Bishop are both just as bad too. I'm tentatively looking forward to this movie, but am finding it hard to get too excite More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 10:26 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
It's on Youtube, Wolverine trailer, recently added It actually look very good but I hope it doesn't get the 90 minute Fox treatment. More

Posted by Ghidorah at 09:37 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
L: Chojin I must be the only non-Gambit fan on the planet! He has a boring backstory and gets no good storylines. The one good storyline he did get was his own trial for bringing the marauders together. sp; No your not. I can't stand him. It was around the time of his introduction that the X-comics started to slip into decline in the 1990's. Cable and Bishop are both just as bad too.   I'm tentatively looking forward to this movie, but am finding it hard to get too excited aft More

Posted by Fonz at 15:46 on 26 July 2008 | Report This Post

GAMBIT
finaly a movie with the real mutant "gambit" that guy fu*king rock,in my opinion he is the best mutant in the xmen series!! More

Posted by lithuanian at 10:51 on 26 July 2008 | Report This Post

Am I the only one?
But hasn't anyone else picked up on the fact that the dialogue, the scenario, the whole thing sounds a little shit? I have no misgivings about a Wolverine movie (even if we already got a Wolverine trilogy) but this is a little lame. More

Posted by Silvertouch at 09:31 on 26 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Too little too late?
Sounds great and very promising so far even though I'm still not sold on Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth. I just want to see some Deadpool then I'll be happy with everything. More

Posted by Scott_ at 19:51 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Too little too late?
L: Frank Castle So why didnt wolverine know who sabertooth was in x-men?? That always annoyed me. sp; Same reason he doesn't know who Stryker is at first in X2 dude: amnesia. I'm guessing that Origins:Wolverine will end with him losing his memory and beginning the drifter life he's living at the beginning of X-Men 1.   Unless they want to leave it open for sequels-to-the-prequel in which case we may get some more clashes. As long as something happens to him to make him fo More

Posted by IamtheGoblin at 17:54 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Too little too late?
So why didnt wolverine know who sabertooth was in x-men?? That always annoyed me. More

Posted by Frank Castle at 17:27 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Too little too late?
Not at all.  As we know some movies have been over hyped so you see too much footage before you see it projected. Hopefully there will not be too much hype and it will feel fresh when we actually see the finished article.. More

Posted by kinge247 at 16:34 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Too little too late?
L: simon458 Sounds promising. Just hope that by the time the films released we aren't all suffering from super hero movie fatigue... sp; Never!! More

Posted by kinge247 at 16:28 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

does anyone know if the footage is online yet? and also could there be a possibility that we might see some wolverine stuff at movie-con? More

Posted by **pirate_queen** at 15:27 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

How did Gambit look? How did Gambit look?! Anyone got details? More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:23 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
L: Fluke Skywalker : "You were sentenced to death for decapitating a senior officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at 10:00 hours. How did that go?” Cut to the two tied to stakes and a squad of soldiers opening fire. Cut back to the cell. Logan: "It tickled.” Good to see Gambit finally make an appearance on film as well sp; Yeah that was good, made me chuckle as well I agree that Gambit could be very cool if handled correctly. More

Posted by Kazuya at 13:22 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
Stryker: “You were sentenced to death for decapitating a senior officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at 10:00 hours. How did that go?” Cut to the two tied to stakes and a squad of soldiers opening fire. Cut back to the cell. Logan: “It tickled.”   p; Good to see Gambit finally make an appearance on film as well More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:20 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
So Deadpool is just Reynolds in a red t-shirt? Can't say I'm pleased about that. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:55 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
I must be the only non-Gambit fan on the planet! He has a boring backstory and gets no good storylines. The one good storyline he did get was his own trial for bringing the marauders together. More

Posted by Chojin at 12:52 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Want.to.see.now.
Sowasred, right with you pal, would chew your arm off too..cant wait for trailer! More

Posted by piccolo135 at 12:15 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wolverine Unveiled
"a shot of Logan silhouetted by a huge explosion as he walks towards the camera." That sounds original. More

Posted by My name is Legion at 12:05 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

I Will Chew Someone's Arm Off To See This Now
Even my own. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 11:12 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jimoakley666 I really cannot wait to see this film. Ace! So, will the footage be online? sp; Officially: Doubtful. It smells like an unfinished teaser so i wouldn't expect to see anything before the teaser.   Unofficially: You can be sure that someone had a mobile camera out at the con. Keep a look out on you tube. i've seen a few videos of jackmans appearance but no footage More

Posted by livewire at 09:55 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Sounds great. Pity we've got to wait a year... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:43 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
I really cannot wait to see this film. Ace! So, will the footage be online? More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 09:40 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

That's more like it!
Had wondered why there was no Wolverine love lined up for Comic Con - shoulda known! It all sounds very promising so far. More

Posted by Acho at 09:39 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Now we're talking
Well it certainly sounds promising. Looks like alot of action sequences which is what we should expect from a movie of this calibre. I like the idea of Gambit being in the film. That will look promising. But overall the movie itself is looking HOTT!!! More

Posted by Noelg25 at 09:29 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

gambit? gambit! how has slipped past me? gambit rules! More

Posted by monkeyfinger at 09:19 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Oooooooo
sounds good BUT I really hope Dead Pool is in all the proper comic garb as opposed to a red T-shirt despite how much my wife wants to see Ryan Reynolds mug and bear chest in every film ... !! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:12 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Ohhh, sounds great!
It would be nice to see a lil berserker rage going on. I found Wolverine a lil too timid in X-men 1-3, the only time he even slightly looked like going mental was in number 2 when Stryker's guys broke into the mansion. Really looking forward to this one. More

Posted by captainrentboy at 08:19 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

Too little too late?
Sounds promising. Just hope that by the time the films released we aren't all suffering from super hero movie fatigue... More

Posted by simon458 at 07:53 on 25 July 2008 | Report This Post

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