'The Wolverine' credits scene explained, 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' timeline revealed

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Warning: Spoilers for "The Wolverine's" mid-credits scene are included in this article.

Much of the buzz coming out about "The Wolverine" involves the way it ties into the next "X-Men" movie on the way, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." There was some speculation that "Days" director Bryan Singer helmed the scene because it included appearances from Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, but it turns out "The Wolverine" director James Mangold flew to Montreal to shoot the scene in question.

"Because of the arc in 'The Wolverine,' it actually kind of sets it up really nicely -- kind of bringing these folks back in that tag. Because you feel the ache in him to have some connection to his past -- and the support systems that he had in the past. Even the enemies he had in the past," Mangold tells The Huffington Post. "I have to credit the studio for actually letting us plan something and not kind of winging it."

It's no secret that "The Wolverine" takes place after the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand," but Singer recently came forward in an interview with Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie) to clarify exactly when "X-Men: Days of Future Past" takes place. Like what was teased in "The Wolverine" mid-credits sequence, the new film will take place chronologically after "X-Men: First Class" and "The Last Stand"/"Wolverine."

"It takes place about ten years, give or take, after 'X-Men 3'; and in the past it takes place about ten years after 'First Class,'" Singer says. "It's its own story, inspired by [the comics] 'Days of Future Past.' [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator -- it's her power that enables that to happen. But it's Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles [Xavier] is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik [Magneto] has been gathering his power. They're in a radically different place."

"The Wolverine" is currently in theaters. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is due out on May 23, 2014.

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