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Wolverine

by Brett White

Hey X-Men fans, it looks like you can breathe a little easier now. A ton of bloggers and journalists were invited to view select footage from this summer's mutant movie, "The Wolverine," and the initial reaction seems to be unanimously positive. The scenes screened all come from the film's first act, and all from the film's trailers; there was footage from the 1940s, a dream sequence with Jean Grey, a bar scene with Yukio, and a bit of the bullet train fight sequence

Comic Book Movie has a rundown of reactions from various sites, and they go a long way towards making sure my hopes are impossibly high for this movie. You can check out some of the quotes below, as well as some from James Mangold's extensive interview with Coming Soon. I'll throw up spoiler alerts, but know that nothing is discussed that can't be figured out from watching all the trailers.

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by Brett White

With every movie studio seemingly hoping to copy the success Marvel Studios has had by tying all of their films into one giant narrative, fans probably assumed that Fox would try to pull the same stunt with their two upcoming X-Men films. It didn't seem far-fetched to assume that "The Wolverine," which opens on July 26th, would most likely have some sort of tease for next summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," now opening on May 23rd, 2014.

But not so fast, mutant lovers! According to a new interview with "Wolverine" director James Mangold in SFX, Logan's next standalone film will actually stand alone.

"['X-Men' director] Bryan [Singer] and I have talked and he's seen what we've done," says Mangold. "Clearly the reality is that we are all trying to work together and make things groove together. But the trick is we were making our movie before Bryan came on and before I knew what they were up to in that film. Our agenda was always our agenda and our movie stands alone, so the journey we take Logan on in 'The Wolverine,' we bring to a close."

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Wolverine

by Brett White

Director James Mangold set out to make the Wolverine film that fans felt denied of after seeing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." "The Wolverine" looks to be much more character driven and plot-focused than Logan's first outing, and plus, you know... ninjas.

Mangold discussed his desire to make a film that satisfies audiences without all the bells and whistles that people have come to expect from the superhero genre. One such bell and/or whistle is the post-credits scene, which "The Wolverine" may or may not have.

"I will say that for me the tags after the credits thing has never been my favorite thing in movies," the director said in an interview with Collider. "To me the idea is the curtain rises and the curtain comes down. In theater, there’s the idea of the encore and I'm not opposed to it, but what I'm really focused on at this point is the majesty of the best films I see are films that don't panhandle for an extra laugh later, but actually deliver the goods. And when the screen goes black, you go, Yes. My goal, whether there's an egg for you later or not, is that when the thing goes black, that you go, Yes, that you say, Yes, the meal was good. I don't need a fancy wine. I don't need a dessert. I don't need an aperitif. What he gave me was satisfying. That's my hope and dream."

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by Brett White

"The Wolverine" director James Mangold has been using his Twitter feed to talk a walk down memory lane, posting pictures from the film's production as the film nears it's July 26 release date.

Two of the tweets below show the director himself on set, directing actors and action sequences. Another tweet was taken this week, and announces that the film's score recording and sound mixing has begun. And the last tweet shows off Hugh Jackman getting up close and personal with Hiro Sanada. There aren't any major revelations to be found in any of the tweets, but it's still nice to see "The Wolverine" get a Twitter treatment similar to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

You can check out all four Tweets below.

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Mariko

by Brett White

Not to let Twitter Master (and "Amazing Spider-Man 2" director) Marc Webb outdo him, "The Wolverine" director James Mangold has refreshed his Twitter feed with a few new behind the scenes images of the cast and crew of this summer's mutant movie.

The photos show off a number of scenes glimpsed in the film's trailers, including the elaborate funeral and bullet train sequences. Tao Okamoto, who portrays Mariko Yashida, pops up in a photo as well. Check out all the photos below.

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Wolverine Mariko

by Brett White

We'll be getting out first look at footage from James Mangold's "The Wolverine" soon, but first comes a whole mess of new images and quotes to whet your appetite. The quotes come from Entertainment Weekly via Comic Book Movie, and feature director James Mangold touching on everything from Wolverine's supporting cast to his state of mind.

"He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain. So it's better that he just escapes. He can't die really. He just wants to get away from everything."

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by Brett White

"The Wolverine" has sure taken its time. 2013's other big comic movies ("Iron Man 3" and "Man of Steel") released their trailers earlier this year and last summer. So what's the holdup, Wolvie? With anticipation for "The Wolverine" increasing with every new photo, director James Mangold took to Twitter to announce the full details (all 140 characters of them) about the film's teaser.

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Jackman Mangold

by Brett White

With the first footage of "The Wolverine" set to debut later this month, anticipation for Logan's latest solo adventure is definitely building up. Director James Mangold is feeding into that anticipation by keeping an active Twitter feed chronicling the film's production. He's now released black and white portraits of Wolverine himself and two of his co-stars, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto.

First up, Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine. This pic shows Wolverine at his most serene, which is a change of pace as the rest of the photos of the titular character have focused on his superhuman physique.

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Just like Bryan Singer, Marc Webb and Jeff Wadlow, "The Wolverine" director James Mangold is doing his best to get fans hyped for his new movie by sharing plenty of tidbits from the set on social media. The latest image he's posted shows production being completed on a gorgeous "The Wolverine" set.

"A shot from when we finished work on one of Francois Audouy's amazing sets. There's a world through that blast hole," he tweeted.

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If you were hoping to pop your claws into some new footage from "The Wolverine" this month, then put 'em away now — you're going to have to wait.

Superhero Hype reports that our first look at Hugh Jackman's return to the role that made him a star won't come until the end of March. It'll be paired with the March 29 release of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," according to the report, contrary to earlier word of a "Wolverine" trailer hitting with this week's "A Good Day to Die Hard."

Director James Mangold confirmed the news on his Twitter account:

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