Originally Posted by TheVileOne
Honestly I hate prequels, so I see this as a decent compromise.
Wait Wolverine 2 is a sequel to X-Men 3 story now? So weird. Figured it would've been Wolverine after his first crappy movie hiding out in Japan and leading up to the first X-Men movie.
It's not really a sequel to...anything. It's marketing speak to "set up" the movie for fans who weren't sure whether this was still a "prequel-period" film. Mangold only wanted to do the film if he wouldn't have to deal with timelines, inconsistencies, potentially conflicting characterizations, etc.
Setting The Wolverine
in the present day, post-everything else, easily establishes that freedom.