‘The Wolverine’ Takes Place After ‘X-Men 3’ with Logan No Longer an X-Man

Director James Mangold says this is not a sequel to ‘The Last Stand’, comparing the movie to ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’.

The Wolverine is set after X-Men: The Last Stand
The Wolverine is set after X-Men: The Last Stand
Figuring out the timeline of comic book movies can be a tricky business, especially for the wide-ranging X-Men franchise, which spanned two sequels (X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand), a prequel (X-Men: First Class) and a spin-off (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Director James Mangold's The Wolverine is next in line, arriving in theaters this summer.

The filmmaker recently clarified where exactly this story takes place in the time line.

"It's set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn't call it a sequel to X-Men 3. You have a choice the second you enter a world like this with a huge amount of comic books, backstories, three movies, a Wolverine origins movie ... You have decide where you're going to exist in relation to all these other things, particularly if you're working with an actor who actually played the character in other films."

The Wolverine is based on a 1982 comic book arc created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which takes Hugh Jackman's Logan to Japan.

Here's what the filmmaker had to say, when asked why he was setting it in that time frame.

"Because of some of the themes in the Claremont/Miller saga. I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin - the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you're dealing with a character who is essentially immortal."

When asked what exactly brings Logan to Japan, the filmmaker revealed that The Wolverine meets up with an old friend, while comparing the film to The Outlaw Josey Wales.

"An old friendship. What brings him there is an old ally in Japan. We find Logan in a moment of tremendous disillusionment. We find him estranged. One of the models I used working on the film was The Outlaw Josey Wales. You find Logan and his love is gone, his mentors are gone, many of his friends are gone, his own sense of purpose - what am I doing, why do I bother - and his exhaustion is high. He has lived a long time, and he's tired. He's tired of the pain. What I wrote on the back of the script when I first read it was 'Everyone I love will die.' The story I've been telling, he enters it believing that. Therefore he's living in a kind of isolation. He gets drawn to Japan by an old friendship and then finds himself in a labyrinth of deceit, caught up in the agendas of mobsters, of wealth, and other powers we come to understand."

The Wolverine was released July 26th, 2013 and stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee. The film is directed by James Mangold.

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Comments (23)

  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Yes not a f*cking PREQUELLLLLL

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    Origins was ridiculous, was worse than the 1st 3 movies
    First class was good and am longing to see the sequel, I heard this movie as a new director to lazy to confirm but I hope is true
    I always loved this arc two Wolve-murai

    2 years agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. WongFu

    It's funny how they think that the X-men films are X-Men films when they are Wolverine films.
    I enjoyed the prequel quite a lot more so than Origins.
    Hugh needs to hang up the claws

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  4. phatalphd

    need a trailer ASAP...ive already read and seen too much of this already.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  5. Corey W.

    Interesting. Then one year later won't Days of Future Past take place before while he was in the X-Men? Can someone say BRAINFREEEEZE?

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    These X-Men timelines are giving me a headache.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. Josh

    Nothing really new here, but a nice description of the direction they're going thematically. I like it.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. RojoDiablo

    Always enjoyed the arc in Japan, this should be an awesome flick!

    2 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  9. ChiRep_1

    It's pretty easy to forget Origins ever took place... Besides, Logan's backstory was shown through flashbacks in the first two anyway.

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. Michael Kolesik

    What the fu... So you're telling me that Wolverine got his samurai training AFTER that god-awful "x-men" 3 movie? You know what, I've been done with "x-men" movies since the 3rd, and these people are just giving me more reason to hate them.
    (I'm putting the title "x-men" in quotations because these are NOT X-Men movies by a long shot)

    2 years agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 Jejeje, I know dude. But I was expecting this to directly take place after he was in the Japanese bar, not after him killing the woman he "loved".

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus. What continuity? Haha.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 Well, for continuity's sake >.>

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I thought it was taking place right after the "X-Men Origins" movie, but eh, who cares. This still looks like it'll be an improvement over the other film.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  15. Rodney Roover

    Well that not a surprise considering that the age of apocalypse killed off most of the xmen....hope they stay true

    2 years agoby @Rodney-RooverFlag

  16. ejk1

    Uh huh...

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus You actually count anything that happened in that turd fest? Cuz I sure don't.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. the Narrator

    I actually like this direction they're going. Let's face it, the continuity in Fox's mutant films is so f*cked up, there's no reason to go into this film trying to tie it into other installments of the franchise. This "isolation" theme they're going for really allows them to tell the best straight-on narrative they can offer, and that's all I'm asking for.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  19. Roberto Mata

    Gambit is who brings Logan to Japan or maybe Rogue

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  20. justatadmatt

    X-Man, eh?

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  21. John M

    I like it. I guess Fox is officially trying to connect all the X-Men films together. If they can find a way to make it work I'm all for it.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    So he has full memory eh? Sure screws up the last scene in Origins

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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