Let’s face it: ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ has got to be the worst live action Marvel movie made after the year 2000 that didn’t star Nicolas Cage (since, you know, both ‘Ghost Rider’ films were horrendous). Even those involved know that it was bad. For that reason, the team behind the sequel to that train wreck of a film has purposefully named the movie ‘The Wolverine’ so that it could be looked at as a standalone film.
In a recent interview with Total Film (via Collider), Hugh Jackman briefly commented on disassociating with the first solo adventure for the man known in some circles as James Howlett. He also touched on things that will make ‘The Wolverine’ differ from all the other X-Men films we’ve seen so far:
“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.”
I find this news to be refreshing. Wolverine is an interesting enough character without adding a massive amount of random super-powered individuals to dilute the story. Sure, Viper and Ethan Warren don’t necessarily need to be in the film since we’re already getting The Silver Samurai, but they were still integral parts of Logan’s journey. They’re not being thrown in because the studio thinks they can make money off of them, similar to when they included Gambit in ‘Origins’ because they knew fans liked the character. So far, I’ve found no reason to doubt director James Mangold’s vision of this film and I’m excited for it to finally hit theaters.
Currently shooting in Australia, ‘The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman opens in theaters on July 26, 2013.