Considering that it’s a spinoff-sequel of one of the biggest superhero franchises in Hollywood, The Wolverine has always been a movie shrouded in mystery. Everyone involved in the project has always implicitly indicated that the movie would more or less ignore the miserable (and miserably successful) X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and it’s common knowledge that the film is loosely based on the 1982 Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine miniseries. But today, the first official full trailer for The Wolverine finally hit the internet…and just for good measure, the studio also released a much longer international trailer. Let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?
The trailer begins with a mysterious woman finding Wolverine, who has apparently become a wreck of a human being in the years since X-Men: The Last Stand. This woman is Yukio. She is an assassin. She has a sword. Fans of Sin City may be interested to know that Yukio represents one of the earliest examples of Frank Miller’s hot-ninja-gal obsession — in fact, she dates from the same hot-ninja-gal creative period that conjured up Elektra, a.k.a. Daredevil’s girlfriend, a.k.a. Ben Affleck’s wife.
This marks the second movie in one year where Hugh Jackman starts the movie with a beard. Fun fact: Hugh Jackman can grow a beard in under a minute. He just grew a beard while I was writing that last sentence. So profesh.
No but really, she carries that sword everywhere. Non-spoiler spoiler alert: Lots of people in this movie will have swords.