Since The Wolverine's inception, we've been told that like X-Men Origins, it's a prequel. With Logan as a blank slate, he's still embarking on adventures prior to joining the X-Men—or is he?
The Wolverine director James Mangold is clearing the air regarding the film's timeline. He's officially confirmed that it's not a prequel. He told Empire Magazine that it takes place after the original X-Men trilogy.
"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."
That's an interesting twist considering The Wolverine's supposed Jean Grey cameo. Perhaps she'll appear to him as a vision? Aside from that, the majority of the action takes place outside of the X-film continuity. The Wolverine's set in Tokyo, where Logan gets pulled into a brutal war.
"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."
Do you think the film will work better as a follow-up than a prequel?
The Wolverine opens in theaters July 26, 2013.