It's here, folks! The Wolverine has finally released a full-length proper trailer...and it seems to be a merciless montage of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine getting his ass kicked.
My fellow fans, our long national nightmare is over. Indeed, the time for teasers, tweasers, and cheesers have passed and the adamantium-aligned assbeater's excursion to The Land of the Rising Sun comes into comprehensible view. Our pal, Logan has clearly been drowning sorrows over lost loves in Canadian taverns while getting into fights with drunken rabble dressed as lumberjacks, when the mysterious she-ninja, Yukio (Rila Fukushima) appears. The fearsome femme forces him to turn the other cheek (which at the moment had chunks of some idiot's glass stuck in it) and whisks the mournful mutant over to Japan where a man whose life Logan saved many years ago during The War has a proposition he may be interested in taking. While there, an old flame of his, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) reaches out for help with a dilemma containing connections to his own issues that may not be coincidental.
While we've seen Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in four previous films as the grizzled claw-swinging super-mutant who decimates with reckless abandon, this trailer seems to make clear that he'll be playing the role of the proverbial pin cushion quite a bit in this film. Sure, Logan's holding his own, but the numbers in this battle are clearly lopsided as Logan, with the occasional help of Yukio, tangles with hoards of ninjas, Yakuza-esque gun-toting gangsters, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee), the vengeful Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and his most formidable foe yet, A HIGH SPEED TRAIN.
The Wolverine tries for some reason to uninstall one of the most awesome physical specs of all time when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the debut trailer in both international and domestic forms below...NOW!
While the film is based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Frank Miller and the ensuing follow-up stories in The Uncanny X-Men, deviations from those stories were certainly expected. Indeed, we see notable changes like Yukio appearing to Wolverine before he arrives in Japan, Viper seemingly being a shapeshifter (slowed aging and immunity to toxins were her only powers in the comics), and most notably, the idea of Wolverine somehow having his mutant healing factor taken from him as a favor. However, that simply plays into the whole "immortal and miserable" theme of the film. The framework of the original stories does nevertheless seem to be in place.
In the past, we've seen great trailers give us disappointing films, so I'm certainly in "wait and see" mode. However, with what we've witnessed here, it does seem to be a film that has learned from the mistakes of the sometimes sloppy X-Men Origins: Wolverine and looks to be handling the pure pathos of our protagonist with a lot more care. I look forward to seeing more in the coming months.