Update: We’ve laid hands on another fresh look at the new look at Wolverine, here glimpsed in flashback (note those bone claws). Here’s looking like he’s trapped in the kind of grimly functional prison where you might find a dangerously underqualified Alfred Molina doing medical work.
As well as an exclusive, and intriguing, new pic from The Wolverine, the currently-shooting latest outing for Hugh Jackman's feral, clawed X-Men, we spoke to director James Mangold about the movie, which takes Logan to Japan, and learned some very interesting things.
Most of those interesting things will remain the preserve of the magazine, so pick up the new issue if you want to learn all of Logan's secrets, but we will say this: one thing that had been presumed about The Wolverine is that it would be another X-Men prequel. Not so.
"Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all," reveals Mangold. "Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him."
Now that's intriguing. We're pretty sure that there are prequel elements to The Wolverine - our picture alone, if you know your Wolverine lore, would suggest it, while on-set pics suggest that some sequences take place in World War II. Also, recent rumours hint at a cameo from Famke Janssen as Logan's unrequited love Jean Grey, last seen being mercy-killed by Logan at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand.
But, according to Mangold, the bulk of the action - which takes Logan to Tokyo, where he falls for Tao Okamoto's mysterious Mariko and becomes entangled in a brutal gang war - will take place outside of all previous X-film continuity.
"That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline," says Mangold. "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."
For more from Mangold on what he calls a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it", and to see our fantastic new pic from the movie, pick up the new issue of Empire, on sale today in print form and on the iPad.
I'm happy that this isnt a prequel because as awesome as Hugh is he doesnt look as young as he did back in X-Men 1, so this is a good way to go and the fact that they are basing it after the films is good, also the fact they are using a well known storyline from the comics i look forward to seeing, no doubt a lot of hardcore comic fans will moan about the disbanding of the X-Men etc but this is an adaption an alternate telling so people need to appreciate that ...aside from Wolverine Origins whi More
Well it will be another great fight. That's what I love about x-men characters they either fight side to side or against one and another. The heck with story line these movies are about saving the day or who's the badass More
The events in the x-men films and the characters who take part in them are a horrible mish-mash loose interpretation of what ACTUALLY happens in the X-Men's cannon timeline (which in fairness, does actually get messed around a lot with alternate realities and loose-ends from the time-traveling craze mid 90's) - the best bet if you're ever going to enjoy these films is to leave your brain, and whatever X-Men info you thought it contained, at home, buy your overpriced ticket and snacks and munch a More