Stop calling "The Wolverine" a prequel; it's anything but.
Despite earlier thinking, Hugh Jackman's second solo outing as Logan isn't a sequel to "X-Men Origins" and a prequel to everything else; his Japanese journey takes place after the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand," director James Mangold has revealed, positioning "The Wolverine" as the most current moment in "X-Men" cinematic continuity.
"Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all," Mangold tells Empire. "Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him."
"That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline," adds the director. "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. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie."
Now that we know where "Wolverine" fits in the "X-Men" film universe, it's starting to make sense how Jean Grey could show up; he already knows her! Sure, she's dead, but if Logan is spending time contemplating his immortal life and the people he's lost, Jean ranks very high on the list of loved ones he'd remember fondly.
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