Pitching clean-up this superhero summer is James Mangold‘s The Wolverine. The last of the major superhero movies (sorry, Kick Ass 2), it follows Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel with what looks to be a much smaller movie. But this is one of Fox’s biggest franchises now that Star Wars is gone completely, so they have to have a lot invested in this. Especially with X-Men: Days of Future Past currently shooting. So why do they keep showing the same things over and over again?
In the latest featurette, we see Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine in almost all the same footage we’ve seen before (there is a cool shot of him walking besides a bear that seems new), as it shows that his powers get taken away, and we get glimpses of the Silver Samurai and Viper. And — as the featurette makes clear — this all happens after X-Men: The Last Stand, so he’s haunted by visions of Jean Grey, and has obviously left the X-Men to…. Storm at that point? Most everyone else who ran the school was dead, so that’s a bit of a dick move, bub.
Basically, Hugh Jackman just narrates the trailer here. Everyone reiterates what’s on screen, and though Jackman is a likeable host, the Australian accent doesn’t have the same sort of erudite qualities as the British accent, so it’s not like he’s saying profound things. After this weekend, where audiences went more for comedies and kids films than action, and after Man of Steel opened big and then collapsed, and after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine may find its audience isn’t all that interested by the time this film opens on July 26.
Are you down to see The Wolverine?