From six seconds yesterday to a full two and a half minutes today: James Mangold apparently doesn’t screw around.
Here, as promised, is a full trailer for upcoming X-Men sequel, The Wolverine, again starring Hugh Jackman as our favorite, belligerent, hirsute, cigar-chomping, super-powered Canadian, Logan AKA Wolverine.
As you can see, Logan’s been through some shit since we last saw him: the events of X-Men: Last Stand, the – SPOILER! – death of Jean Grey (the maybe-cameoing Famke Janssen), as well as his own invulnerability, all of this seems to have worn him down.
Somehow Logan ends up in Japan where, according to the official synopsis, “he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences. Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.” All we at AP2HYC can say to the last part is, well, way to spoil the ending.
Still, the trailer features a lot of interesting stuff: gruff, bearded Logan look miserable and bushy bearded ala Jean Valjean; pre-adamantium Wolvie, presumably during World War 2, saving the life of a Japanese soldier from a (possibly nuclear?) explosion; our first look at mercurial assassin Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), though no sight yet of Will Yun Lee‘s Silver Samurai, whose iconic armor made an appearance in the “tweazer”; and a mysterious offer from mob boss Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada), the soldier Logan saved, to make him mortal.
A Wolverine who can be hurt is an interesting concept: for all his presence in the earlier X-Men films, you never felt like he was in any real physical danger, but, by his own admission, all that might be about to change.
In any case, The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, is due out in the US on July 26th.