Two new X-Men films are in production, one on the slate for each of the next two years, and significant details about the cast and setting of each have been released as of late.

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit theaters in 2009, it told the tale of how the Adamantium-lined mauling mutant evolved into the brooding loner who eventually joins Xavier’s crew, occurring years prior to the events of Bryan Singer’s initial delving into the series. According to an interview  Empire conducted with The Wolverine’s director James Mangold, this film isn’t a prequel to the original trilogy.

Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all […] 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.

Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.

The most notable aspect in the picture seen below would be the bone claws protruding from Logan’s fist. It’s said that while some of the film takes place after the events of X3, there will be considerable flashbacks, most certainly involving events during World War II during Logan’s time in Japan, prior to the Adamantium bonding.

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine from Empire

This isn’t the only X-Men film involving Hugh Jackman which is the cause for some confusion. Days Of Future Past, set for 2014, is the sequel to X-Men: First Class, but there are some names signed on for the project who you might not expect to be there:

Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are reprising their roles as Wolverine, Magneto and Professor Xavier, respectively.

How is this possible? Days Of Future Past remains a prequel to the original trilogy, but goes the “cause and effect” route to tell of alternate futures for mutants which hinge on events in their current day.

Sound confusing? We think so, but we’re optimistic.

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