Hugh Jackman’s Most Underrated Marvel Movie Dominates Streaming
By Micheleen Martin | Published
The solo Wolverine films that Hugh Jackman made before Marvel and Fox were both under the same corporate umbrella and have an interesting place when it comes to critical and fan reaction. At one end of the spectrum are 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which often finds its way into lists of the worst superhero movies of all time. On the other side there are 2017 Loganwhich will usually be mentioned alongside The black Knight and Iron Man as potentially the best superhero movie of all time. Often forgotten in the middle is 2013 The glutton, although some HBO subscribers seem to find out. The film has just entered the list of the 10 best films aired this week by HBO.
Following the events of 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand – which ends with Hugh Jackman’s Marvel hero being forced to kill Jean Gray – Logan lives as a hermit in the Yukon. He resurfaces from his isolation in the wilderness only to punish some hunters after their poison drives a bear on a rampage, and soon finds himself halfway around the world. The mutant Yukio finds Logan and brings him to Japan at the behest of powerful tech CEO Ichirō Yashida, whose life Logan saved during World War II. Ichirō is dying of cancer and he has an interesting gift to ask Logan and give him. He wants to use a process to take Logan’s healing power to save himself from cancer and save Logan from the immortality he doesn’t want. Wolverine refuses and soon after, Ichirō dies.
Ichirō’s death is not the end of the drama. Logan is forced to bare his claws at Ichirō’s funeral when yakuza show up to kidnap the late CEO’s granddaughter, Mariko. Together Logan, Yukio, Marika are forced to flee; and to make a bad situation worse, Wolverine’s healing abilities stop working like they’re supposed to. For the first time since Jean Grey’s death, Logan falls in love, while battling ninjas, the evil mutant Viper and the mighty Silver Samurai.
Hugh Jackman’s fifth Marvel film was directed by James Mangold; the same director who would later direct the game changer Logan. It was written by Scott Frank – who would go on to co-write Logan with Mangold and Michael Green — and Scott Frank (Planet of the Apes War). Young Ichirō Yashida was played by Ken Yamamura (Godzilla) while his older counterpart was played by Hal Yamanouchi (Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou). Playing the future seeing the mutant Yukio was Rila Fukushima (Arrow) and Logan’s love interest Mariko was played by Tao Okamoto (Westworld). Hiroyuki Sanada (mortal combat) has the role of the villainous father of Mariko, Shingen, Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker Tailor Spy Soldier) is the mutant Viper, and Brian Tee (jurassic world) plays Mariko’s fiancée, Noburo. Famke Janssen reprized her role as Jean Gray for hallucination scenes. To set up the following year X-Men: Days of Future PastPatrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appear in a post-credits scene.
The glutton is by no means Hugh Jackman’s best Marvel movie – Logan rightly lays claim to that title – but neither does it deserve to be as completely forgotten as it has been for the past decade. While it doesn’t have the advantage of the rest of the X-Men to support Logan, it’s a solid and fun superhero adventure movie. Plus, when you think about it, most pre-apocalypse the movies were just Wolverine and his amazing friends, so the fact that most of the other X-Men don’t show up isn’t such a big deal.
In all likelihood, the main reason The glutton remains an underrated chapter of the X-Men franchise is largely due to days of future past. And no, we don’t mean because days of future past was so good that everyone forgot the previous movie. days of future past seemed to worked very hard to ignore the events of The glutton. Even though in the previous film, Logan loses his metal claws to the Silver Samurai, in days of future past they return without explanation. Not to mention that the last movie is set in the future as Professor X and Magneto catch Logan in the present day. The deviations put The glutton in a dead zone where nothing in the movie seems stuck.
If you haven’t seen yet The glutton, your chance is here. It is currently airing on various HBO services.