Now that the final trailer for Logan has been released, anticipation for the final installment of the Wolverine film series is at an all-time high. In an interview with Comicbook.com, director James Mangold explained the film’s place in the X-Men universe timeline, his goals with the project and the possibility of working with series star Hugh Jackman again.
Mangold clarified that year in which the film is set.
“It’s year 2029 when the movie takes place.”
Mangold explained that his decision was based on the desire to remain as free from the established events of previous X-Men films as possible.
“There’s an epilogue scene in Days of Future Past which is 2024, or 2023, something like that. I just wanted to get far enough past. My goal was real simple: it was to pick a time where I had enough elbow room that I was clear of existing entanglements. Part of the way I think this films stop being fresh (these films being franchise comic book movies) is when you find yourself making essentially a television series with $200 million episodes where you’re literally just picking up where the last one left off and you’re making a mini-series. Then, it’s impossible to do something fresh, meaning essentially you’re just a director on the 14th episode of a television show picking up where the last one left off and people are going to be really startled by any discontinuity or changes.”
Mangold stated his goals with the film.
“That wasn’t the goal here. The goal here was to somehow make a film that’s different: to be a filmmaker myself and go, ‘How would I bring myself to this? What would I do if I was starting from scratch? What would I explore? What have I seen not explored?’ Not only in the X-Men universe but in comic book movies in general.”
Mangold expressed interest in working with Hugh Jackman in the future, but fans may be disappointed to hear that a future Wolverine is still most likely out of the question.
“I have the utmost confidence because we’re dear friends that we’ll make another project together. I just truly doubt it will be as director of a Logan film.”
Mangold has previously discussed why the villain Mister Sinister, teased at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, will not appear in the film.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young Mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Logan will mark actor Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal of the character after debuting in the role in Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film back in 2000.
The film will also star Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Doris Morgado, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Patrick Stewart.
Logan will be released in theaters on March 3, 2017.