Director James Mangold Talks 'The Wolverine'

The Wolverine

For one of Marveldom's most beloved (and seemingly cinema-friendly) heroes, Wolverine has had sort of a rough go of it -- while he appeared in the hit X-Men movie and its first hit sequel, he also had to suffer through the third X-Men, as well as the severely underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's a sorry state of affairs, and one that director James Mangold aims to rectify with the upcoming The Wolverine.

Of course, Mangold is aware that a lot of fans have had their patience sorely tested, which might be why he's been so willing to share the outlines of his vision for The Wolverine -- and he delved into impressive detail during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, talking about everything from where it falls on the X-Men timeline to what fans can expect from the story.

Saying it's "set after ‘X-Men 3,’ but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to ‘X-Men 3," Mangold says he "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."

Star Hugh Jackman has already promised that The Wolverine will find our hero "at his lowest point," leading Screen Rant to speculate that a certain comics-derived storyline might be in the works. Without commenting specifically on that, Mangold offered that "What I felt like I hadn’t seen as a comic book fan, was I felt I hadn’t seen Logan and his rage. ... It’s his emotional experience, his trajectory, his sense of loss, and his own ambivalence about his powers and talents."

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