Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the end credits sequence in The Wolverine. It details plot points and reveals that you may wish to keep secret until you have seen the film. You have been warned.
Earlier this week, we reported that Hugh Jackman had revealed the end credits of The Wolverine would tease Bryan Singer’s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now that we have seen and reviewed the film, we thought we’d share a little spoiler from the ending.
Of course, we understand that spoilers are a sensitive matter, so we are giving you a nice long intro to back out. The film is out in cinemas next week, so you might want to go and listen to our podcast in the meantime. We’ll meet you back here then. For the rest of you throwing caution to the wind, read on!
There’s no turning back now, so here is the end-credit sequence described, spoilers and all.
Wolverine arrives at the airport following 2 years after his adventure in Japan. He glances at a television screen that is advertising Trask Industries, and their campaign celebrating “human progress”.
As Wolverine opts for a “pat down” rather than walking through the metal detector, he notices a tray of coins beginning to levitate on their own accord. A familiar voice sends him swinging claws first, revealing Magneto (Ian McKellan) in his hat and trench combo.
Magneto speaks of a threat that the humans are building that will change everything for mutants, and seeks Wolverine’s assistance. A skeptical Wolverine asks why he should trust him, and Magneto says he has no reason to.
As time stops around them, another familiar face appears: Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), back in his wheelchair and decidedly more put together than when we last saw him.
As Wolverine asks him how this can be, Xavier reminds him that Logan is “not the only one with special gifts”.
We understandably had a fanboy moment at the conclusion of this. The Trask ad is part of the viral campaign that began via the www.trask-industries.com site, with Bolivar Trask set to be played by Peter Dinklage. This leads neatly into the threat that Magneto describes, which in the comics world are giant Sentinals, robots designed to destroy mutants.
We last saw Xavier being torn asunder at the atomic level by the Dark Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand, but given that “Days of Future Past” is a time travel story, anything goes really. His line to Logan at the end of this sequence is a nice callback to the first X-Men film.
The Wolverine is released in Australian cinemas on 25 July 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for released on 23 May 2014 from Fox.