One of the biggest questions surrounding "The Wolverine" is the film's time frame; while its location has never been in question (we'll be seeing Logan in Japan for the majority of the film), the time period has been a bit of a mystery. However, Hugh Jackman himself has shed a little light on this aspect of the film by revealing that much of it will occur during the modern day.
Specifically, Jackman says the film actually takes place after "X-Men: The Last Stand," where Wolverine is "is at his lowest. He is supposed to be able to heal himself, but he may encounter someone who has worked out a way to really hurt him."
He also added that there will be a cameo from another X-Men character, which is heavily rumored to be Jean Grey since Famke Janseen was spotted on set during the film's production. Given the information we know about the film so far, it seems likely that Logan finds himself brooding and torturing himself over Jean's second demise in the last film.
The revelation that much of the film occurs in the modern day is a slightly important revelation though; while director James Mangold revealed that some of the film would take place during a time when the X-Men are "gone," it seemed likely that this would serve as a framing device.
Instead, it looks like the "Wolverine in Japan" storyline (a comic story that largely occurred in Logan's past, during his pre-X-Men days) has been moved into the present day. One also has to wonder if Wolverine has found himself in the same bleak future that will no doubt greet viewers in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which will feature multiple timelines, including a dystopian future where the X-Men have been eradicated.
"The Wolverine" hits theaters first next July, and "Days of Future Past" will follow in June 2014.