It's been a week full of Marvel stories, as Iron Man 3 began unveiling its first marketing materials via images and a trailer, and now The Wolverine -- which premiered its first image not long ago -- is starting to slowly reveal more of what could be the most unique X-Men-related movie we've seen yet. The latest issue of Empire premieres at least one image, showing off Hugh Jackman's Wolverine sporting nasty-looking bone claws while positioning himself to fight someone at the bottom of what appears to be some sort of dungeon pit.
Empire also interviewed the film's direcor, James Mangold, who calls The Wolverine a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it," adding that contrary to what we thought previously, this isn't a prequel. "Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all," reveals Mangold. "Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him."
This goes against recent rumors that Jean Gray actually has a cameo (despite dying at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand), so perhaps this means the film will include flashbacks if it's not a prequel. Mangold goes on to talk about how interested he is in exploring themes of immortality and the burden it brings, and he also makes it clear that his film will stand on its own and not be used as a continuation of any kind. "I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it."
Check out the full interview in the latest issue of Empire. The Wolverine arrives in theaters on July 26, 2013.
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