Film adaptations have a nasty habit of changing lore in the properties they are based on. Take for instance X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Originally Logan (Hugh Jackman) only had a healing ability, which is why he is able to live for so long. However, a metal bonding procedure allowed the mutant to have an indestructible skeleton and inadvertently gave Logan the ability to produce claws. Now the film adaptation said that he was born with the claws as opposed to having gained the ability to unleash claws at will. These kinds of changes, while small, have a huge impact on how fans perceive the character – remember how mad Spider-Man fans were when Sam Raimi didn’t include artificial webshooters?
Now it appears that James Mangold’s The Wolverine will return to Logan having these bone claws, but the film might not take place where you might think in the chronicles of the X-Men Cinematic Universe. While it’s confirmed that Logan will be in Japan, the film was thought to be a prequel. Check out a new photo and details on where in the X-Men timeline The Wolverine might take place here below.
In an interview with Empire, Mangold said this about where the film takes place:
Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all… Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.
So there were five films in total, which makes The Wolverine sit last in the X-Men Cinematic Universe. How many characters we will see from the previous installments is still up in the air, but at least we know where this film takes place. Mangold seems to confirm that Grey is gone as well, which will put rumors of her appearance in the film at rest – that is unless she also gained the ability to transfer her consciousness into a comatose patient like Professor X did in X-Men: The Last Stand. Or she could be part of a flashback.
But The Wolverine itself isn’t placed in the right order according to the comics. In the comics, the Japanese storyline takes place before Logan joins the ranks of the X-Men. But in the 90s animated series, there is a similar story where Logan returns to Japan after losing his way. So we’ll see how Mangold interprets the story.
So what do you think about where The Wolverine is placed chronologically?