The Wolverine is staring at us from every bus stop, billboard and available wall space. It is clear the production team wants us to go and see this movie. However, are we ready for it? Have we not been too disappointed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Should we give this new installment a try? The critics seem to think so. They like it but aren’t overly excited. Some of the Wolverine fans say that the movie was good, much better than X-Men Origins, but that the end credits scene was actually the best part.
Are we overwhelmed by so much comic hero action in the movie theatres? Because The Wolverine is not the only action hero movie this summer. We have seen Marvel’s Iron Man 3, landing in a movie theater near you, which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Which was closely followed by not a bird, a plane but Man of Steel, from DC and Warner Bros. Isn’t three separate action hero movies a bit much for one summer? Or can we handle it?
Can this Wolverine version let us forget about the strange and chaotic production, badly written script and overall messiness that was 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Fox has thought long and hard about it and decided not to continue down the same road but to make The Wolverine a standalone movie. It is not directly related to Origins. There are some references to past events, this would have been impossible not to address, but it has been kept to a minimum. The Wolverine director, James Mangold, has done everything in his power to distract the public from the past version and to focus on Wolverine’s new path. Hopefully this will resonate well with the audience and give The Wolverine its much deserved second chance. However, if we go by today’s fan comments it might just be that the promise of the next installment in the form of the end credits scene turns out to be the best part. (Let us know in the comments, if you have seen the movie, if you agree with that.)