As 20th Century Fox's movie executives, creative consultant Mark Millar, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Matthew Vaughn and Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank all figure out and design a new, single cohesive movie universe for the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, The Wolverine director James Mangold is at the helm for what looks to be the possible "jumping off point" for this new cinematic continuity.
In an exclusive interview with Empire Magazine, Mangold touched upon the time frame The Wolverine is set compared to all past X-Men films. SPOILER ALERT!
"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.
"That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline.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. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie."
One thing to note about when The Wolverine is taking place in time is the fact this film appeared to be set up by its previous one, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in the closing credits when Logan was seen sitting at a bar in Japan. Since the previous Wolverine flick was his origin film it's tough to say everything in the past X-Men movies happened between Wolverine's last solo movie and this one. Sounds like some continuity issues right off the bat but that's why this movie could be the start of fixing the continuity problems Fox has right now.
As reported in the past, The Daily SuperHero has received some information from a source who has said The Wolverine is indeed a set up movie for X-Men: Days of Future Past and its attempt to fix the continuity problems via time travel (a la 2009's Star Trek reboot). If this is the case, then The Wolverine should be considered "Year Zero" in Fox's new Marvel movie universe timeline.
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