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‘The Wolverine’ Won’t Be a Sequel to ‘X-Men Origins’

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There are reasons to be skeptical of ‘The Wolverine‘ – Hugh Jackman’s return to the Marvel character that made him famous. For one, director Darren Aronofsky dropped out before shooting (and was later replaced by James Mangold). For another, the last two major appearances of Wolverine have been really crappy movies. Hugh Jackman knows this and that’s why he’s preaching that ‘The Wolverine’ will be a very different adventure.

Jackman spoke to Total Film and without saying that ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ sucked, basically admitted as much. He told the magazine:

We’ve deliberately not called it ‘Wolverine 2′ because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it’s going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won’t be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it’ll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film.

To be fair, calling the film ‘The Wolverine’ was one of Aronofsky’s decisions but it’s a smart move to keep with that title and disassociate their project with the disappointment of the last Wolverine standalone film.

And while that’s all well and good, what pleases us the most is the news that this film won’t be “overloaded with mutants.” That was one of the major problems with both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ and it’s nice they have finally realized that with a character as great as Wolverine, you don’t need Ryan Reynolds as some half-assed Deadpool.

This new film – which takes place almost entirely in Japan – co-stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. ‘The Wolverine’ hits theaters on July 26, 2013.

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