With so many stories being adapted from other mediums these days, the audience has to accept that when a movie says “based on”, and then there is a chance that the story that you’re about to see is completely different from the story that you’re used to. For instance, they couldn’t include every detail of every ‘Harry Potter’ books in the movies or else we’d probably still be sitting in the theater watching ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. That series got the basic story from the source though, whereas something like ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ took elements from Marvel mythology, but didn’t really follow one story all the way through. However, the X-Men franchise is getting better at sticking to actually adapting a story in their movies as we saw with ‘The Wolverine’ and will see with ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. But will the trend continue for future X-films? If you believe James Mangold, then the answer is yes.
Recently, it was announced that director Mangold and star Hugh Jackman are in talks to return for another movie featuring the iconic mutant known as Logan as a follow up to the film based on Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s Japan saga. While speaking with I Am Rogue, the filmmaker briefly touched on where the story for the sequel could come from:
“Absolutely. I can tell you that in determining where we are going I’m not solely relying on my own imagination but also the imaginations that have spun great stories about Wolverine in the comics.”
Obviously, he wasn’t going to give an exact storyline just yet considering that Bryan Singer’s film hasn’t even come out yet. Wolverine has a lot to do there first before he can think about any other adventures. But what if the next one takes place after the last film and not the ensemble picture coming next year? After all, at the end of ‘The Wolverine’ we see our hero head off to destinations unknown with Yukio, but in the post-credits scene set two years later in America, he is not with her. A lot can happen in those two years, so maybe the next story featuring Logan could come from that gap of time in between his last solo flick and ‘Days of Future Past’.
Do you have any vintage Wolverine stories that you’d like to see brought to life in the sequel to ‘The Wolverine’? Or do you think that James Mangold might pull something out of left field like Logan’s son Daken or his clone/daughter X-23? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.