The Wolverine director James Mangold spoke recently to The Huffington Post senior entertainment writer Mike Ryan about the post-credits scene.
Spoiler Alert: If you have not seen The Wolverine, please stop reading now.
When I saw the film last Thursday night, I was excited when the post-credits scene came on screen. I knew from hearing a few days prior that there would be a scene after the credits that would serve as a teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past. I did not know where in the credits it would be but I was thinking a trailer similar to the one for The Avengers that followed Captain America: The First Avenger.
What we have in The Wolverine is not a teaser trailer or any kind of trailer but a scene that sets up the events for when X-Men: Days of Future Past opens next year in theaters.
Mangold confirms to Ryan that it was he, not Bryan Singer, that directed the post-credits scene. Mangold also tells Ryan when he shot the scene and what it was like to work with the returning X-Men actors. Mangold was grateful to the studio as they were able to “plan something and not kind of winging it — doing a wing ding.”