THE WOLVERINE is a standalone film, plus a new poster rises from the ashes

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It’s a good time to carry an X-gene. Having successfully wiped away the taste of fail from McG’s X-Men: The Last Stand with X-Men: First Class, a sequel was as inevitable as the Juggernaut mouthing off his favourite one-liner. And the children of tomorrow weren’t the only ones getting that treatment.

Ol’ hairy stab-knuckles himself, Logan is getting his adamantium out for a second Wolverine film, but according to director James Mangold, it’s a complete standalone that won’t have any scenes bridging it to the upcoming X-Men First Class: Days of Future Past.

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“Bryan and I have talked and he’s seen what we’ve done,” Mangold said to 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.

I hear that. Out of the two films announced, I have to admit that I’m looking far more forward to Mangold’s down and dirty style of directing compared to the squeaky clean stainless look of the Singer movies. And trying to mesh those two together? I don’t think that could work too well.

That’s not to say that Logan won’t be in the First Class sequel, as he’s already been spotted on the set, trussed up in a familiar jacket. The Wolverine will be slicing and dicing into cinemas soon, but before that happens, there’ll be a few more posters released as well. Such as this sublime one of Jean Grey from Fox’s Chief Creative Officer Tony Sella, which keeps the washed Japanese print theme going strong.

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Last Updated: June 25, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

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