Hugh Jackman does his sixth round as the feral mutant who works on and off with the X-Men this Friday in James Mangold’s The Wolverine. While it’s most definitely a standalone adventure for Logan based on the beloved Claremont/Miller Japan-centric story arc, Hugh Jackman confirmed at a press conference at San Diego Comic-Con that fans need to wait until the very end of The Wolverine’s credits this Friday to see the connector to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past story.
The actor teased, “The character you see at the end of The Wolverine is very much the character who enters Days of Future Past, which, by the way, is a very different character from the beginning of The Wolverine. It’s quite the journey.”
Having donned the muttonchops and adamantium claws over a span of 13 years now, Jackman says the first two X-Men films paved the way to Wolverine’s longevity onscreen, and the current spate of darker, meatier superhero films.
“What X-Men did, and Wolverine is a great example, was invent a way to make superheroes human, complex, flawed and interesting,” the actor said. “That’s why they are played by so many interesting, different actors. It’s why so many directors take them on, because there is an opportunity for something very human and spectacular. When I grew up I loved Mad Max and Dirty Harry. I couldn’t get enough of them, because that’s who I thought was cool. In a way, I think Wolverine fills that archetype. He’s a bit of an antihero. Deep down he’s a good guy, but he’s never a nice guy. He’s conflicted and, in a way, flawed, but the last person you want to piss off, and there’s something cool about that.”
The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013, and X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.