Folks are staying tight-lipped on some key plot details for 's The Wolverine. Despite that, one of the more interesting tidbits that has gotten out were some images of what looked like POW camp sets from a few months back. At the time, some thought that they pointed towards some kind of prequel component.
Since then, Mangold has stressed that The Wolverine isn't a prequel. One thing that we can be sure of is that the storyline is, in fact, based on Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's story arc set in Japan. But still, what's up with the prison set?
He is sought out by a young Asian woman for reasons he doesn't fully understand, who is asking him to follow her to Japan where he is meant to reconnect with someone he spent prison-time with in Nagasaki. And the legacy of that experience - effectively Logan saved him - is that this man is on his deathbed, and is looking to give him a gift, to thank him for the life he's had.
Hutch goes on to talk about Logan's "isolation", and that his being out of his comfort zone is going to make for a, "...much more powerful distillation of his character than you've seen before".
Sounds like Wolvie's going even deeper and darker this time, and I love it.