X-Men Spinoffs: Deadpool, Storm & Gambit With Rogue?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

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As we enter the aftermath of the opening weekend of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the discussions of spinoffs and sequels hit full throttle.

We’ve heard for a while now about the internal discussions at Fox about the many possible films that can branch out from the series so far. These include X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, Deadpool, X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Magneto and a Gambit solo.

Well, what’s it going to be?

With Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine origins movie banking nearly $160 Million worldwide this weekend, we can expect to see some green lights on upcoming Fox productions in the X-Men franchise.

For now, let’s talk about what the actors want to see in the future. The other day, I wrote about Ryan Reynolds and his desire to not only have his own Deadpool solo movie, but to feature the character Cable as his opposite in the film. I’m all for that idea as I thought Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson in the Wolverine movie was one of the best parts (pre-Weapon XI that is).

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For those who don’t know the character, Cable is the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey’s clone) who was taken to the future only to return as a much older and hardened mutant. This will certainly not be his origin if he is ever to appear in the movies. At least, not until the X-Men franchise is rebooted in the not-too-distant future.

I also thought that Cable would be a good character to introduce into the X-franchise and I proposed that a good place for his introduction would be in X-Men: First Class as it will bring back major characters Cyclops and Jean Grey back into the mix (and possibly Emma Frost). That way, Cable would known by audiences by the time Deadpool is made.

So, out of the solo possibilities, Deadpool seems a more likely choice than Gambit, if not for the fact Ryan Reynolds has significantly more star power than Taylor Kitsch.

As for Gambit, he is one of my favorite characters from the comics and of the classic nineties animated series. In the movie, he does not earn such praise from me.

While Gambit is a cool character and Taylor Kitsch a good actor, together they do not meet the basic needs of what many fans of the character want. Gambit needs his Cajun accent and his French catch-phrases – that is essential.

In the comments section of Screen Rant’s review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you may have seen my review of the movie where I discuss a few of the characters. In it, I talk about how Gambit came off as some cocky southern kid and didn’t have the coolness or suave that the real Gambit puts forth. He wasn’t a bad character in the movie; he was just a weak character who could jump 50 feet high and nothing like the Marvel versions.

Regardless, Gambit is one of the spinoff possibilities. What does Taylor Kitsch, the actor who plays him want in a Gambit spinoff? In speaking to MTV before X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit theaters, the Canadian actor of Friday Night Lights fame said:

“I would love to go darker… [Gambit] in Vegas was fun, but I want to go into the Thieves Guild part of his story.”

“How cool would it be to see him stealing things to survive because the stakes are so high?… Of course, as an actor, I’m always going to the darker side, but for him that would just be way more intriguing.”

“Come on, Fox… Let’s do it.”

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  1. @Rob,
    Just curious, where in this post is Rogue mentioned? The title suggests more information about her possible involvement in this up coming Origins. I am also curious as to how they would involve rogue as her character’s background was explained quite well in the first X-men and her character completely destroyed in the third X-men.

    One more note about these up coming X-men Origins, this origins movie made its 160 million due mostly to Hugh Jackman’s fame and the X-men movies creating a mystery for Wolverine’s past, the rest of these Origin movies won’t have a very deep plot with any original X-men characters, (although according to reviews there wasn’t a very good plot in Wolverine anyway.) And any new characters wont bring the same curiosity as the Wolverine story did. So speaking as a fan of only the X-men movies I have to say I’m not too enthusiastic.

  2. Rogue was terrible and you are right, that spinoff makes no sense. X-Men is in a weird situation now where if they want to stick with continuity, or at least pretend to, they have to shoehorn everything into the established world in a timeframe between the end of Wolverine and the “not too distant future.” Pretty soon that future is going to not look quite so futuristic at all. They really should think of mixing things up with a Days of Future Past or something that provides more freedom to reuse existing characters in an “alternate” way.

  3. Well, Taylor Kitsch’s scenes were really only 14 years before X-Men I believe. If we go back a year before X-Men to when their Rogue was making her way from the South to Canada where she met Wolverine, there would be an age difference, but a more realistic one. She had a crush on a guy 140 years older than her in X-Men, why not a guy 13 years older while she’s lost and wandering up towards Canada? That’s the only feasible way to do it: Gambit and Rogue’s adventures right before X-Men, leading right into where X-Men began with her meeting Wolverine. It could make her X-Men trilogy character more interesting, seeing some of the things that she did while on the run before the movies began.

    Man, I’m just filling these Wolverine posts with conjecture these past couple of days…

  4. If it’s Fox im not interested.

  5. Yet nowhere is mention of ‘X-Men 4′. Hmmm…

    As for Cable…where on earth do you get the idea that the franchise will have to be rebooted or the character’s backstory changed? They could keep it as is and raise a lot of speculation! There are several ways to bring characters back from the dead (indeed, we never “seen” Scott die! And why would there be less concern over his ‘death’?)

    “X-Force” and/or Cable hunting down the renegade ultra mutant Deadpool? I don’t know about that. Might as well as call it “X-Force”. I’ll tell you that I would like a spinoff taking place during the events between X-Men 1 and Last Stand, however. Just keep them away from those events.

    As far as the Gambit spinoff, I, too, fail to see Rogue mentioned. But if that is the case, that would have to take place post-Last Stand. Unless the idea is to have a little adventure a few days before the events in X1, but that’s on thin ice. This is more promising since it would have to be post Last Stand.

  6. Are you guys reading page 2 of the story? There is a quote:

    “There are two things with that — she’s such a great actress and I’d love to work with her, and that would be cool to see Gambit and Rogue…”

  7. @ Darren seeley,

    In the X-trilogy, Jean and Cyclops don’t get married, don’t have a kid, nor does Jean have a clone that Cyclops does those things with. So Cable can’t come from that within the franchise continuity setup by Fox. Plus, I doubt they want to get into the complexities of Mr. Sinister and all that jazz.

    Perhaps, since they introduced Emma Frost before Cyclops even meets Jean, they could have a relationship in First Class? There’s not much reason for her getting a bit of spotlight amongst the Weapon X captives unless they want to go forward with something involving her. In addition to that, back in the day they wanted X3 to originally focus on her.

    I joked that Cable could instead be a future son of those Emma and Cyclops instead of Madelyne Prior. As for Cable and Deadpool, I would image it would be similar to the 5-year-running Cable and Deadpool comic and not so much the earlier X-Force.

  8. Sock Monkey,

    [edit] Wait a sec, did you read page 2 of the article?

    Rogue was brought up in a second interview with MTV, the source link at the bottom links to it. It’s nothing official as we there is no official word on spinoffs at the moment.

    As for spinoffs working, I mention that in the article about star-power. Jackman can sell a film on his own, the other characters cannot on there own except for Ryan Reynolds. I know Gambit can’t sell as it is unless he’s part of something else or has some big actors in the movie as well.

    X-Men First Class would work though without having big actors too just like the original X-Men movie did – it would have Patrick Stewart back and perhaps some major actor as a villain.

    Wolverine Sequel and X-Men: First Class are pretty much sure-to-go. Out of the others I would guess Deadpool is most likely. I have my doubts on a Magneto and Gambit movie though at this time.

  9. lol, this is a two-page article, look at the bottom of the post to see two links forward you to the second page…

  10. While I like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, this movie was a big disappointment, unworthy of a sequel – as was X-men 3.

    I suggest taking the Star Trek route and restart everything with an alternate timeline. The 90s animated series had Bishop going back in time to stop the death of Pros. X. Just rewrite it for X3.

    Or forget everything and restart with X Men First Class.

  11. I’d like to see them competely re-start the whole series.
    I loved X1 and X2, but I hate X3 so much.
    I wish they’d just start the whole series again because I’m a big X-Men fan, but I don’t think they’ve been protrayed well on screen.

  12. @Rob
    Sorry about that, I didn’t even know there was a page two in Screen rant articles. Thanks for clearing that up.


  14. I think that X-men First Class just needs to be a reboot. I understand the the Movies could be considered a reboot of comics, but Fox has just really screwed up the Story line.

    Prime Example, I heard that Banshee was going to have a little cameo in the Wolverine movie, but they took out his speaking part, but it looked like they left him in there when they showed all the other mutants in the held in the cages. He is the KID with red hair and a face mask on that makes him look like Hannibal Lecter. No problem with that, but in the last 2 X-men movies, his daughter is in it. His daughter is Siryn and she looks to be about 15 years old.

    You do the math. Kid was having sex at a young age. Haha.

  15. I think Wolverine should be done. Just like in the X trilogy, Wolverine can be a side sotry to all the others – Like Deadpool and Sabertooth and Gambit were in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The story of Wolverine is long and complex, they took the short road and did it all really quick.
    All that said, I would do a midnight showing of X-Men Origins: Deadpool with Ryan. That chacter has so much more to offer, and he can provide us with what we want too.
    ~On a side note, I have been a Ryan fan since his “2 guys a girl and a pizza place” days. This guy is just good!

  16. Sorry, that should be “I think the Wolverine focus movies should be finished”, not that they should do more. Keep Hugh on as Wolverine in side stories in all the other Origins movies.

  17. @Sock Monkey

    We rarely split articles into multiple pages, but sometimes we write up pretty long ones and it’s better for the site to split them up.


  18. Hello everyone I’m new been reading for months but my first post. I like all these ideas except storm, shes a good mutant but her story isn’t all that interesting. Gambit being so much older than rouge doesn’t make much sense, but cyclops was in high school, so u must think rouge was in middle school. If that was the case then Gambit would be just a little bit older than rouge unless cyclops was portrayed as middle aged man in the x-men movies. If they do it right it could make sense, but i didn’t really like rouges character in the films, she was too weak, the real rouge was a temptress and a bad a$$ fighter who the Cajun fell for. But was just wondering what u all think about them making a marvel vs Dc kinda movie i know it sounds really far fetched but it could work any ideas.

  19. In my opinion, everyone should just start accepting the movies for what they are…movie versions of the stories. Stop expecting them to be identicle to the comics. They aren’t going to be. Otherwise you’d all be complaining that the actors look stupid running around in blue and yellow spandex. The movie makers create their vision of the story, what they think will work and what won’t, and unless you could pull a character right off of the ink and paper, the characters aren’t going to match what we view in our heads when we read the comics. I go into these movies expecting to see that paticular directors interpretation and that way I’m not disapointed. Yes sometimes they aren’t great movies, but they also aren’t conspiracies to ruin the comics. The comics will always be there, the movies are just an alternate view of the story. I guess what I’m trying to say is…Everyone just chill…they’re only movies!

  20. I would LOVE to see Rogue back with her powers intact.

  21. Drew,

    Interesting, I never knew about that Banshee stuff in the movie.

  22. It really bugs me they had all those little cameos in the cages on the island ,
    but NOTHING in the credits about who they are supposed to be.

  23. Would rather see any paring, just a more mature actress in either the Rogue or Emma Frost roles.


  25. I think The X-men franchise in its current iteration has been exhausted or will soon be after a movie or two. Are there possibilities? Yeah but I don’t feel confident that any of them can be well executed after Wolverine and X3. I’m not really interested in X-Men Origins: First Class

    Deadpool is a long shot at best but at least a Deadpool movie could work without relying and a bazillion cameos from other x-men and worrying about continuity with the other movies.

    I’m not even sure I’d go watch Wolverine 2 which will most likely be made.

    I just hope that within my lifetime I’ll get to see Marvel own all the film rights to all their own characters and then they do a bunch of crazy cross-over movies.

  26. @Darklink

    Thanks for “de-cloaking,” nice to see you leave a comment. :-)


    I agree with you for the most part. Some things just don’t translate well to a live action movie – but there are other things that should be left intact IMHO.


  27. I just saw Wolverine today. While I thought it was a good movie, I have to admit that I was disappointed. The action scenes were great but I was hoping for more character-wise. Gambit has always been my favorite character and I guess my expectations were to high for a supporting role character. His eyes were disappointing and his Cajun accent or lack thereof was, too. Kayla was Silver Fox, right? What happened to her healing factor and why wasn’t her sister also a Blackfoot?

    Since there most likely will be a Wolverine 2, i think the Hand should be introduced. As for spin-offs, I’m hoping for either a Jubilee/New Warriors, Muir Island or a Summers (Cyclops, Vulcan & Havok) spinoff, however, unrealistic that might be. If there’s going to be a Gambit spinoff, I can only that the actor gets some help learning a Cajun accent and watches or reads some of the previous incarnations of Gambit first. I’d go see a Deadpool spinoff though.

  28. Come on, Taylor was just being polite saying he’d like to work with Paquin.

    As for Gambit in the movie, I disagree with you,
    people need to stop basing their idea of a cajun accent on a cartoon which real cajuns hated. He DID have a cajun accent in the movie, although it certanly was very toned down in his last scenes, but it was still very noticeable. But I have to agree that some french slang was missing.

    Kitsch really brought the grace, the arrogant attitud, the cockyness, the agility, the temper, and the smooth charm to the character, and he did all that in the little screen time he was allowed to have.

    I’ve been a fan of Gambit for 12 years and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

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