The Wolverine Director Cements Stand-Alone Nature of the Movie

It has been known for quite some time that the upcoming film The Wolverine would stand apart from the other “X-Men” films and even 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Instead of offering up a true sequel to either of those, the filmmakers opted to create a stand-alone story that simply fits into the narrative of this universe that has already been created.

After X-Men: Days of Future Past was announced, rumors began to circulate that the two movies would gain a connection in the form of a post-credits scene. Now, seemingly in response to the rumors, The Wolverine director James Mangold is standing firm in his original position that the movie stands apart from any other X-films.

“Bryan and I have talked and he’s seen what we’ve done,” Mangold told SFX. “Clearly the reality is that we are all trying to work together and make things groove together. But the trick is we were making our movie before Bryan came on and before I knew what they were up to in that film. Our agenda was always our agenda and our movie stands alone, so the journey we take Logan on in The Wolverine, we bring to a close.”

We can trust Mangold that the story in his film does come to a close, but it seems to be a smokescreen to cover up information that has already been disseminated. What do you think about the director’s comments?

Starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee, The Wolverine opens in 2D and 3D theaters on July 26.