Despite the fact that it’s a sequel to the prequel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and the fact that it’s being directly adapted from a graphic novel’s prequel storyline, The Wolverine director James Mangold has announced that his upcoming film will not be a sequel after all—rather, it will be very, very distant sequel.

Yes, despite being teased in the post-credits sequence in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, The Wolverine will be a sequel to the entire X-Men franchise, taking place far after all existing X-Men films.  We’re talking far after, as Mangold stated during an interview with Empire:

“Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all…Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”

It’s a major re-jiggering of the classic Wolverine timeline, taking his pre-X-Men storyline from the comics and, in the film, switching it to his post-X-Men timeline.  Which is not to say there won’t be prequel elements—some World War II footage has already been shot, according to Coming Soon—but most of the film will take place during present day or beyond.  As for the film’s tone, Mangold referred to it as a “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it.”

So how will it all fit together?  We’ll have to wait until the film’s July 26, 2013 release date to find out.

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Source: Coming Soon