Originally Posted by danoyse
It takes place after X3. Mangold confirmed that recently in an interview. I think they're just moving away from the spinoff movie altogether.
But according to JP, Millar says The Wolverine movie will be like what Iron Man was for Marvel which you know . . . started up the build to THE AVENGERS.
Which would mean that for instance there would be things in The Wolverine that hint at the next X-Men movie . . . just saying.
Honestly I'm happy with this idea. I hate prequels and I want stories to MOVE FORWARD not back. I want progression. I mean let's say Wolverine's on vacation in Japan and he runs into some mutant trouble? Makes sense. That's what happens in the comics all the time.
I think putting it back in the present and not having it be set in the 70's or 80's or worrying about all sorts of other prequel nonsense was a SMART move.
Prequels generally suck.