3:15 pm EDT, July 26, 2013

‘The Wolverine’ after-credits scene explained by James Mangold (spoilers)

The Wolverine after-credits scene is getting some massive buzz this week, as the film starring Hugh Jackman officially hits theaters today. The film’s director, James Mangold, reveals some details about the after-credits scene, while attempting to not give away the entire sequence.

the wolverine after credits scene xavierJames Mangold sat down this week to discuss Hugh Jackman’s latest film, The Wolverine, which hit theaters today.

While he discussed the film at the length, what fans may be most interested in hearing about is the after-credits scene which links The Wolverine to X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Mangold says, “I had finished the movie and Future Past had started shooting, a couple months ago, and we had been talking about what to do, if anything, in the tail credits of this movie.”

He then said that it was something he and the film’s producer, Simon Kinberg, had been discussing with X-Men: Days of Future Past’s director, Bryan Singer.

The director felt that The Wolverine’s after-credits scene shouldn’t be “tongue-in-cheek,” and that he felt like a lot of the bonus scenes we’ve been greeted by in recent films “make the film into a joke, and that wasn’t interesting to me.”

He continued, saying, “I thought it would be more interesting to say something and give people a piece of a story.” Which is that Logan will be meeting up with his fellow mutants Professor Xavier and Magneto.

If you’d like to enjoy The Wolverine’s after-credits scene in the theater this weekend in its entirety, feel free to stop reading now or check out Hypable’s review of The Wolverine.

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James Mangold says that the after-credits sequence was “built around the shot where we’d unveil Patrick (Professor Xavier).” Then Mangold said he created the shot so that Xavier is weaving through all of these “frozen airport patrons” and that Patrick Stewart with a joystick and electric wheelchair was great.

He continues, explaining that it’s not easy to film a shot like that, as Xavier is having to do “a kind of Olympic slalom through all these extras and uh, he’s a badass on that thing.”

When Digital Spy asked Mangold if he was glad it was up to X-Men Days of Future Past director, Bryan Singer, to explain how Charles Xavier was alive after his death in The Last Stand, Mangold revealed, “Yes, it is his job and I know they have one, so I’ll leave it to them to unveil.”

While we’re getting quite used to comic book films using after-credits scenes as a way of linking to future films, The Wolverine after-credits scene is definitely an interesting new twist and a great way to link Hugh Jackman’s character to Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past.

If you plan on seeing The Wolverine this weekend, make sure to stay for the after-credits scene (technically mid-credits). It’s definitely worth the wait, and be sure to yell at as many people as you can so they stick around for the additional sequence.

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