A new image from The Wolverine was just released, showing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine amping up for a brawl with adamantium-stripped bone claws once again.
Let’s recap: The original X-Men film trilogy suggested that Hugh Jackman’s Logan only had a really good healing factor as a mutation, which allowed scientists to perform a surgery on him that grafted the indestructible metal adamantium to his bones. In the process, they have him retractable sets of claws.
Fast forward to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which Hugh Jackman’s Logan actually had bone claws from the start. That fits the comic book canon much better than the X-Men film trilogy does, but I hate retcons regardless.
Then there was X-Men: First Class, which played fast and loose with film canon once again, tying the story to the main X-Men film trilogy with cameos by Rebecca Romijn and Hugh Jackman’s Logan, but otherwise ignoring the plot points well-established and making things up as they go along.
Now we have James Mangold’s The Wolverine, which was originally supposed to be a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine until Mangold admitted in a recent interview that the events of The Wolverine take place after the third X-Men trilogy film, Brett Ratner’s mind-bogglingly bad X-Men: The Last Stand.
So, The Wolverine is a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which took place before the the X-Men trilogy, but it in fact takes place after the X-Men trilogy, and X-Men: First Class is in there … somewhere. Does your head hurt yet?
It gets worse.
Though The Wolverine is supposed to have some flashbacks (from which this image may stem from) there’s no reason for Hugh Jackman to have bone claws in this movie. Unless, of course, his adamantium is removed somehow and this is a sneaky plot spoiler image.
Who knows. What do you think? Why would Hugh Jackman be wearing bone claws for The Wolverine?