It's been a mixed bag for superheroes so far in the summer of 2013, with both Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel resulting in plenty of debate from both critics and fans, but soon James Mangold's The Wolverine will arrive to change the conversation. Over the last few months we've seen a solid stream of trailers, stills, posters and more from the latest X-Men title, and at the end of this month fans will finally get to see the whole film for themselves and decide where it will stand in the history of comic book movies. The franchise is still in the midst of healing itself after sub-par efforts like X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine - even after the critically acclaimed X-Men: First Class - but Fox is hoping that the new film can serve as some redemption for the clawed mutant. And to prove that Mangold's work is worth being excited for, the studio has released a second clip from the movie in as many days.

Just yesterday we got to watch an extended look at The Wolverine when the bullet train clip was released online, but today Yahoo! UK has something different for us. In the new footage, which you can watch in the embed player above, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is seen working as a bodyguard for Mariko (Tao Okamoto) while attending a funeral in Japan. Unfortunately, it's at this time that Mariko's attackers choose their moment, and the titular hero is thrown into action - alongside his accomplice Yukio (Rila Fukushima).

Because there are still some major details about the plot that have yet to be uncovered, it's not exactly clear where this new clip takes place in the timeline of the film. That said, the shotgun blast that Wolverine takes to the chest seems to have a pretty significant effect on him, suggesting that perhaps his healing powers aren't exactly at 100%. Fortunately, it looks like he has plenty of berserker rage within him to overcome the pain and still dish out plenty of whoop ass.

Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie with rewrites done by Mark Bomback, The Wolverine is set after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand and finds our mutant protagonist still reeling from the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). His situation changes, however, when he is called to Japan by an old acquaintance who offers him the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to no longer be an immortal. Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Svetlana Khodchenkova co-star in the film, which will be in theaters on July 26th.

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