As news that Gambit will be taking the big screen in two separate movies, next summer will definitely be a time for X-Men. The latest news of the addition of Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit, in the sequel to X-Men Days of Future Past is followed with the announcement of a full-length Gambit film. Tatum first leaked the info via his Twitter account and even posted the date of release. Similar to The Wolverine movie franchise that Hugh Jackman has conquered, it seems that Channing Tatum is looking to continue with the Cajun hero with the power to bio-kinetically charge objects with an explosive force.
Capitalizing again on the franchise that has made Fox millions, the Gambit film is set to begin production following the premiere of X-Men:Apocalypse. Not too much is known about the plot of the film, but it will most likely be another origin story. Similar to Wolverine movies, the Gambit full length will probably focus on the early life of the young Cajun and how he came to become one of Marvel’s most recognizable and prominent members of the X-Men and X-Factor teams. Hopefully the movie will be more well received by critics and comic book fans than the Wolverine Origins.
The back story of Gambit is a little bit more complex than just a two-hour, fictional bioflick. First introduced by creators Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee in Uncanny X-Men #266, the young mutant quickly became a fan-favorite. His suave demeanor, cool persona, red and black eyes, and accent translated well with each illustration and his mysterious past made him one of the more interesting characters in Marvel’s universe and the X-Men roster. He was first introduced as just a mutant thief with the power to mentally charge his signature, never-ending supply of playing cars.
Since his debut in the books of Uncanny X-Men in 1990, Gambit has been involved in many of the franchise’s major events and evolved into one of its most infamous characters. He was linked to being apart of the Morlock massacre, led a secret organization of thieves in Baton Rouge, LA, was one of the mutant villain Apocalypse’s horsemen, worked with the genetic manipulator Mister Sinister, was part of the Marauders, became a teacher for a new generation of mutants, and has been a member of the reincarnated X-Factor team. Even with all these storylines, the most notable is his relationship with another prominent X-Man-Rogue. His on-again-off-again relationship with the mutant who can not be touched played out like a soap opera in a majority of the X-Men books and served as a contrast to the love triangle between Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine. Gambit has also been featured in several video games and action figure memorabilia.
Though the character was originally brought to the big screen by Taylor Kitsch in a cameo in the Wolverine Origins film, Tatum’s recent portrayal of the role has been the major focus for Fox Studios. Once rumors broke that the Magic Mike star would be taking on the new mantle as Gambit, the buzz has continued to build. Now with his solo feature film to follow the third part in the revamped X-Men trilogy, Tatum has the chance to be etched into the Marvel movie legacy that is bringing in billions in the box office. Moviegoers and comic book fans should look out for the full length film on October 7, 2016.
By Tyler Cole
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