New ‘The Wolverine’ Photos Highlight Shingen And Mariko Yashida

We are officially within snikt-ing distance of “The Wolverine,” this summer’s X-Men offering that brings Hugh Jackman back for his second solo movie (and his sixth appearance overall) as the adamantium-laced Logan.

Just as Jackman’s claw-popping mutant heads to Japan, three new photos from his upcoming journey have arrived online. The stills include a battle between a shirtless Logan and a fully armored Shingen Yashida, played by “The Last Samurai” and “Sunshine” badass Hiroyuki Sanada. Things aren’t looking especially pleasant for either of these men.

The other two photos feature Mariko, one of Logan’s love interests in “The Wolverine,” played in the film by Japanese actress Tao Okamoto. She’s seen in one shot standing next to Svetlana Khodchenkova as the deadly Viper.

In the other, seen below, she stands next to Logan, the two of them staring off at something we can’t see. Whatever it is, it doesn’t look good.

“The Wolverine” pops its claws into theaters on July 26, 2013.

Thanks to CBM for the photos.

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