Back in 2009, 20th Century Fox released ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, the first in what was planned to be a series of solo films featuring the merry band of mutants from Marvel Comics. While ‘Origins’ failed to launch a continuation of their plans, it did bring in enough take at the box office to allow for plans for a sequel.
While ‘The Wolverine’ is not a direct sequel to ‘Origins’, it does act as a continuation of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and does work towards nailing down the entire X-Universe that has been created by the now six films that Fox has produced.
Hugh Jackman returns in his iconic role as Logan, The Wolverine, that made him a household name in North America, and it is clear that he has a definite love for the role. For me personally, the more he has played this character, the better he has become at portraying the Canadian fur ball, and ‘The Wolverine’ certainly continues that path.
Based on the 1982 limited series that introduced Wolverine’s Japanese back story, ‘The Wolverine’ acts as a great bridge film in the greater X-Universe while also allowing for enough character development to rejuvenate Wolverine as well.
While not a perfect movie by any stretch of imagination, Viper afterall is a horrible job of casting, ‘The Wolverine’ does more than enough to work towards erasing the debacle that was ‘Origins’.
While this film does not adhere to the storyline it is based on 100%, the differences that it does have make perfect sense for the story being told, and as I have always said, there should be no issues with that, as times do change and stories should be adjusted accordingly.
All in all, ‘The Wolverine’ is a great adaptation of a seminal story about the character, and a great bridge from what has happened in the X-Universe to what is coming in next year’s ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, and I tell ya, the mid-credits stinger that they have attached to this is one of the best anyone has ever produced, and left me wanting next year’s film today.
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