The Wolverine, while originally believed to be a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was revealed a while back to be taking place some years after the events of X-Men 3. I think this was a brilliant decision, and shows someone is putting real thought into the X-Men movie universe, and not just randomly doing movies. Next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will unite the casts of the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men First Class, something I certainly never expected.
The Wolverine might be even better than Iron Man 3. That’s a really high bar. Hugh Jackman was superb as Wolverine, as always. While the rest of cast gave good performances, Jackman was the only big name actor aside from ********** (SPOILER SEE BELOW). The only other actors I even recognized were Hal Yamanouchi and Will Yun Lee, and I had to look them up to see what I remembered them from and their names. In many ways this was Jackman’s movie to carry, and he did so brilliantly.
I will not yet pronounce The Wolverine the best comic book movie of the year with Thor 2: The Dark World still to come in November, but it’s certainly could be.
Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned.
The most unexpected thing about The Wolverine is that the movie is not really about what he’s doing in Japan. The movie is about Logan trying to get past killing Jean Grey in X-Men 3. Famke Janssen , as alluded to above, was in several dream scenes, more than I would have expected. While the action centers around the characters in Japan, the heart of the movie is watching Wolverine let go of Jean, both his feelings for her, and his guilt over her death. He learns to be a hero again, though as always, he does so reluctantly. I really never saw that coming, and it really makes the movie work. Without that at the center, I’m not sure the movie would really be that great.
The Silver Samurai was decently done. I don’t have any complaints, but I’m not certain that everyone will feel that way. Instead of being a man in a suit of armor, it’s an enormous robotic suit worn by Yashida.
Something interesting going forward, during the movie, an Adamantium blade slices off Wolverine’s claws. The next time he pops them, he has bone claws. Does this mean he will have bone claws going forward? We’ll have to wait until next year to find out.
Speaking of next year, there was an end credits scene. It was pretty incredible.
Spoilers for X-Men Days of Future Past ahead, you’ve been warned.
A scene part way into the credits has Logan in an airport trying to go through a metal detector. A logo on a monitor says “Trask Industries.” Suddenly all the metal around him starts to vibrate, and yes, Magneto shows up. Wolverine instinctively goes to attack, but since he still has Adamantium bones, Magneto stops him. Then everyone around them freezes. Wolverine turns around to see Professor Xavier wheeling through the crowd in his chair. They tell Wolverine that someone has created a machine to destroy them with. (I don’t recall the exact wording.)
So, from this little bombshell, it would seem we have a bit more detail on the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Present day Xavier and Magneto are working together. I can’t wait!
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