The Wolverine
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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Wolverine can be found here.

This film is loosely based on a popular 1982 four part comic-book mini-series that was Wolverine's first solo title created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. That story has Logan coming to Japan to meet his girl friend, Yashida Mariko, who was ordered by her crime boss father, Yashida Shingen, to marry a physically abusive associate to settle a debt. Logan confronts her father about this and is beaten and disgraced as a mere Western animal in a duel secretly rigged in the formidable crime lord's favor. Afterward, a deeply discouraged Logan is cast into the street where he is secretly manipulated by Shingen to start a relationship with his personal assassin, Yukio, to unwittingly participate in a mob hit with protecting Mariko arranged as additional incentive. Eventually, Logan realizes the truth, has an epiphany about his humanity and strikes back at Shingen in revenge.

The film is primarily set in Japan and explores Wolverine's humanity and feelings of being a stranger in a strange land as well as including the characters of Shingen, Yukio, and Mariko. The only significant plot element from that mini-series is the opening sequence of Logan dealing with a killer bear that was maddened by a poison tipped arrow and tracking down the irresponsible hunter that shot it and didn't bother to finish it off. There is some brief reference at the Yashida funeral scene of Wolverine being unwelcome by the Yashida clan as a Western interloper in their affairs. Otherwise, the plot is wholly original with additional characters from Marvel Comics like Viper (who in the comics is simply a terrorist, originally Madame Hydra of the Hydra organization) and Silver Samurai (who in the comics is a mutant who can extend a tachyon field on any object he can hold, usually a katana, and make it capable of cutting through anything short of adamantium. It is important to note the Silver Samurai in the comic is Harada. In the movie, Harada is a member of the black hand).

According to Hugh Jackman, the film takes place "eighteen months to two years" after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.

No. Unfortunately Stan Lee was unable to make the trip to Australia where most of the film was shot.

Adamantium IS indestructable. However, it can be damaged by other adamantium or from vibranium, the alien metal from which adamantium is synthesized.

There is a scene with Logan at the airport two years after the events of the film. During the security check, he notices a Trask Industries ad, but he is suddenly distracted by Magneto's restored powers. Facing each other, Erik asks Logan for help, as humans developed some dangerous weapon which might mean the end of all mutants. When Logan asks why he should trust him, Charles Xavier suddenly appears in his signature wheelchair. Puzzled, Logan asks how come he is still alive. Charles replies that Logan is not the only one with special abilities. The scene serves as a teaser bridge for the next film in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

It probably wasn't wrong, she may not have interpreted it correctly. Yukio predicted that Logan would die with his chest ripped open and his heart in his hand. She also mentions that she never gets a complete picture, and such visions are like looking through a key hole. So what she saw may have been a dead Wolverine with a hole in his chest and a bloody thing in his hand, and assumed it was his heart. However, it may have been the medical bug she mistook for the heart. Wolverine did flatline at one point, so the prediction was correct; her vision simply didn't show her that Wolverine's regenerative capabilities would revive him again.

Yes. The bone claws, which were underneath the adamantium all along, were able to grow back, while the metal on them was lost after the claws have been cut off by Silver Samurai. Essentially, Wolverine's claws reverted to what they were before the Weapon X treatment.

Director James Mangold announced a harder cut for Blu-ray quite early and actually was able to create an Extended Cut. And this longer version really is quite a lot more brutal and bloody than the original one, which already was quite explicit for its PG-13 rating. Digital blood was used quite often to make scenes harder, other scenes feature more action, blood and gore in general. The result should be on pretty much the way the fans want to see Wolverine on the big screen. The additional action and violence are not the only alteration, of course. Wolverine's vocabulary is more explicit and there are more dialogs and plot scenes as well. In some scenes of the Extended Cut, the music had to be removed due to continuity reasons. In total the Extended Cut runs more than 12 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version and a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

It's highly implausible but it adds to the theme of Yukio being a very highly trained and formidable warrior and is a nod to the legend of a samurai being skillful enough to perform such feats. A katana (samurai sword) is widely considered to be one of the best-designed and finest blades in the world. However, a katana is considerably thicker on the dull edge than on the cutting edge. If someone tried to cut through a real bottle the way Yukio had, the bottle would simply shatter. However implausible this might be, one explanation could be that when Yukio cut through the bottle, she left a small amount of glass that left the upper and lower halves attached to each other for a few moments before the bottom dropped off.

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