Published On: Tue, Feb 3rd, 2015

Director James Mangold on ‘The Wolverine’ sequel story

Fans are enger to learn details surrounding The Wolverine sequel, usually nicknamed Wolverine 3, and director James Mangold appears to be set to reunite with Hugh Jackman for the new Wolverine film and spoke about some ideas.

“I would just say it is always going to be about his relationships to other characters. We are very much trying to work with existing text. There are other great Wolverine stories out there but suffice it to say there are great texts about his connections to others, villains, characters from the lore and from the comics that we can bring out and have another great and meaningful adventure,” Mangold tells the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog.

The Wolverine Ninjas posterThe Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Futures Past, both pulled story arcs from fan favorite comic books. Wolverine’s journey to Japan is pulled straight out of a famous comic book from the ’80s. Days of Futures Past time travel story also relies heavily on a classic X-men comic. This answer could imply that Wolverine 3’s story could be based on another classic comic

“I think when I came on to make The Wolverine, there was a hell of a lot of untapped comic book history and lore, and the predicament of Wolverine and Logan as an immortal figure who must watch all his loved ones come and go, being either murdered at the hands of his enemies or through attrition, he’s developed this dark relationship with society and the world. There are huge questions and really interesting biblical kinds of questions when it comes to immortality and responsibility and a sense of connection. There’s a lot explore with this character.”

Something that has been missing from all X-Men films is the iconic costume that Wolverine has worn in the comics, and television shows. Mangold also addressed this on the blog.

“A lot of fans keep asking about when he’s going to wear his uniform. It’s a struggle for us in relation to question, because Logan’s personality as developed onscreen and in comics is one in which he hates publicity. The filmmakers, even on X-Men, have struggled with an outfit. Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero? It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit. There’s a difficult line to walk. He’s not a show off, he’s the last one to put on a team jersey. The flesh and blood character is very loyal to that iconoclastic rebel who doesn’t seem to be the first to don spandex. It isn’t something I’ve talked about much. Some fans may be frustrated, but we’re trying to be true to his character. Who knows whether that will change, I cannot verify and will not deny.”

Check out the full interview with Mangold at Speakeasy HERE

The untitled sequel to The Wolverine will comes to theaters on March 3, 2017.

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