The solo Wolverine movies have operated on separate timelines from the X-Men movies, for the most part. Where the ensemble mutant adventures tend to feature costumed cretins like Magneto (Michael Fassbender or Sir Ian McKellen) and Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), Hugh Jackman's solo adventures have tried to be more mature, more realistic, and a bit more grounded. Which is why, when we recently reported that Mister Sinister might be featured in the upcoming Wolverine story Logan -- based on information Bryan Singer put on the Director's Cut for X-Men: Apocalypse -- director James Mangold quickly called us out on Twitter stating it wasn't true.
Fine. But when we sat down with Mangold at a press event in New York City, where he showed off the first 40 minutes of the movie, I brought up the topic again, and he explained to me why a character like Mister Sinister -- a classic villain from the X-Men comics -- doesn't fit with what he and Hugh Jackman are trying to accomplish. Mangold told me:
The exchange started when I asked James Mangold who Richard E. Grant is playing in the film. While Mangold would only tell me that he's playing one of the movie's "dark forces," content to keep some of Logan's secrets until opening day, IMDB lists him as Dr. Zander Rice. Not Mister Sinister. Ah, I'll just let you enjoy the full exchange. It is refreshingly candid:
As James Mangold says, we lose a little something by taking away costumed villains from the universe he is building, but we gain some realistic perspective in the larger story he's trying to tell. Mangold went on to explain the type of narrative he's trying to achieve with Logan, and it's grounded in situations many of us would encounter in our own lives... minus the mutant healing factor. Mangold told me:
These questions will be answered in full when Logan opens in theaters on March 3.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.