Fox is approaching The Wolverine with more respect than they had with their first spinoff on Logan. Instead of throwing things in the story to see what sticks, they’re taking a more personal approach. They’re also taking cues from the comic book too, as evident by the official synopsis that was released:

“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.”

It sounds like rather than going through the motions, this second try at Wolverine will have as much character development as action. And if director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman can be trusted, The Wolverine will take itself more seriously.

The Wolverine romances rages in theaters July 26, 2013.