Pictures from The Wolverine are surfacing online, showcasing Hugh Jackman in the role he’s best known for. And best of all? They ditched the horrible C.G. claws from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and returned to the practical claws. Why they even went with C.G. claws for a movie is a mystery beyond me — anyway!

It was first thought that The Wolverine is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy, but director James Mangold recently said otherwise. The film takes place after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand. The X-Men have disbanded and Logan finds himself isolated in Japan being pulled into a war. Seems natural enough. A big part of his past was taking part in various wars.

Like I said a couple days ago: I’m looking forward to the movie. Jackman is always fun to see on the big screen.

The Wolverine unleashes in theaters July 26, 2013.