Strangely, Twitter has become a surprisingly valuable resource for directors of superhero movies who want to get the word out about their films. Both Marc Webb and Bryan Singer have made regular use of the social media tool as they put together The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively, but James Mangold has been getting in on the action as well with The Wolverine. And his most recent contribution to the internet world are four new images from the behind-the-scenes of the new blockbuster.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about these images is the fact that they appear to be completely Hugh Jackman-less. The image above comes from the filming of the movie's bullet train sequence (as seen in the first trailers) and you can see the other three images below along with Mangold's captions.
Shooting the Yakuza attack at the temple
Tao Okamoto (Mariko) as we shot a climactic sequence in the Yashida research facility
Shooting a giant funeral in Tokyo
Based on a script written by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback and based on the comics by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine is set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand as Logan (Jackman) travels to Japan where he takes an assignment as a bodyguard and finds himself given an incredible choice to be rid of his own immortality. Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Svetlana Khodchenkova co-star in the film, which will be in theaters on July 26.