In a recent interview, director James Mangold explained his process for approaching his latest film The Wolverine, which centers on Logan (Hugh Jackman) in Japan and his complicated past, present and future. Of course, what's really interesting is that -- unlike Wolverine's previous solo film -- Mangold's story takes place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. But just how tied is The Wolverine to the X-Men films?
"It's set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn't call it a sequel to X-Men 3," Mangold told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Mangold went on to add that Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 Wolverine saga -- upon which the film is based -- played a big part in deciding where the film would take place.
"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," he said. "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."
"It was only to my advantage to set it after the X-Men films because the X-Men had effectively ended at that point. A lot of the key characters had died," Mangold continue. "There was a sense if I’m locating this film not five minutes after the other movie, but a period of time after that last X-Men movie, I can find a Logan who is living separate from the world. He is no longer a member of some superhero team."
For the full interview with Mangold, head over to EW.com.
The Wolverine opens July 26.
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