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Matt McGloin

The Wolverine Movie Not A Prequel; Official Still Released; Follows X-Men Movies

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Yesterday saw a new image of Hugh Jackman from The Wolverine make its way on to the net depicting the bone claws, which sees Logan previous to the adamantium-bonding process.

Now, Empire Online has released an official image still as well as some more details about the movie.

It was thought that The Wolverine took place in Logan's early years as it's set in Japan, with fans assuming it to be a prequel to the X-Men movies.

However, that's not the case.

Director James Mangold lets it be known that the movie will be more of a standalone and follows the X-Men movies.

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

"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," Mangold added.

Mangold also went on to describe The Wolverine as a "Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it," and we can't help but wonder with this news that the movie isn't a prequel - and with specific mention of Jean Grey - how this spoiler fits in.

The Wolverine has a July 26th, 2013 release date, is being directed by James Mangold, stars Hugh Jackman, with Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback on a script adapted from Frank Miller and Christopher Claremont's comic arc from 1982.

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