September 9, 2012


Hugh Jackman has already confirmed The Wolverine won't have connections to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Being a standalone film gives the impression it might not even have ties to the original trilogy. Going as far as rumors of director James Mangold re-shooting Logan's origin scenes. We currently don't know the film's timeline or connections to the other films. However, GeekFiles (via CBM) has spotted the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning logo on set. The school is founded by Wolverine with himself acting as headmaster and Kitty Pryde as it's headmistress. Could this be the way Fox links X-Men: Days of Future Past with X-Men 4?

Kitty and Logan are important characters to the Days of Future Past source material so it wouldn't be hard to imagine them being featured in Matthew Vaughn's sequel. The pair even had their own set of team-up comics, so Shadow Cat could show up in The Wolverine. It's unknown at this point if they'll be able to get Ellen Page back as Kitty or just recast the part all together. The First Class sequel is set to start production early next year, planting seeds a year before it's release wouldn't hurt.

Jessica Biel had been linked for a role in The Wolverine but oddly walked from talks. The role had been revealed as Viper who has a history with Logan but went to Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova instead. Perhaps, she wasn't wanted for Viper but instead an older version of Kitty. If it had been reported that Biel had landed the Kitty role it would be apparent what Fox was trying to do, bridging the two X-Men franchises. We know that the studio is currently trying to put together X-Men 4 and seeking out a new team of mutants could be a way to separate itself from Vaughn's franchise.

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