Could Gambit be in X-Men: First Class?

IESB exclusively interviewed producer Lauren Shuler-Donner and in the video interview she states that Gambit will not be part of X-Men: First Class. Her reasoning is that he was not part of the first group of students at Xavier’s school. Does she mean in the comics? If so, that’s a strange response considering Iceman and Angel are supposed to be part of the first group but cannot within the continuity of the movies –  so, some of the members that will be in the movie were not part of Xavier’s real First Class either. In the video, Donner also says that while we may possibly see some of the young mutants from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As for Gambit and Deadpool, they are having internal discussions about possible spinoffs for both of them.

If Gambit’s omission is true, I’m a little surprised by this. That seems like the perfect opportunity for them to use the character in there own “continuity” but having his own spinoff is even better if that actually happens. I suppose then that another character in First Class would be Storm. We know from the first X-Men film that Storm was one of the first students of Xavier’s and in the trailers for X-Men Origins: Wolverine we could see a very young Storm make a cameo appearance.


A very young Storm makes a cameo in the Wolverine trailer

So, that’s what we know from what we’ve seen so far. I could go on and on and list dozens of possibilities out of the X-Men comics but from what Donner says, it seems a likely possibility that the First Class roster may comprise of:

  • Beast
  • Cyclops
  • Emma Frost
  • Jean Grey
  • Storm

Keep in mind though, there’s no limit or confirmation on that. Who’s to say Fox’s First Class roster won’t have more than five members?

Who do you think could be in X-Men: First Class and who would you like to see?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens this Friday, May 1st and X-Men: First Class has no set date yet but it does have a revised script. If filming begins late this year we could see X-Men: First Class as early as 2010.

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