It's hard to believe that with as many X-Men films as there have been, only one included fan favorite X-Man, Gambit. Adding insult to injury, the ragin' cajun appears in what's arguably the most regrettable entry in the whole franchise.
But forget all of that, Fox sure has. For their X-Men franchise going forward, Channing Tatum is Gambit. And Tatum has been actively discussing the role ever since producer Lauren Shuler Donner first publicly expressed interest in signing him. Since then, a Gambit movie has gained momentum, nabbing both a screenwriter and release date.
Gambit's release date puts the film only five months after X-Men: Apocalypse. With that scheduling, more than a few fans expect Tatum's Gambit to make an appearance, however brief, in Apocalypse. Which wouldn't really be unheard of considering today's reality of superhero movie world building.
But that's not the sort of introduction Tatum has in mind for Gambit. Instead, he wants to make sure audiences understand who Gambit is before the character is forced to share the screen with a bunch of other mutants. Speaking with MTV News, Tatum says he doesn't want Gambit appearing in any other film - like X-Men: Apocalypse, for instance - until "you know who he is."
Getting to know Gambit is clearly what's in mind for his solo outing in 2016. We - the fans, but especially those who grew up with the 1990s X-Men cartoon - are more than aware of who Gambit is, but the general movie-going audience is not. Giving Gambit a solid feature film to make his motion picture debut - much like what Fox is also doing with Deadpool - is a smart move, and one that will hopefully pay off for both the studio and the character.
Still, not including Tatum's Gambit in Apocalypse at all feels like a missed opportunity. And initially, Tatum responds to MTV with the classic, "I don't know if I'm at liberty to say," when asked if he'll appear in Apocalypse, which sure is a nice soundbite to have just in case Gambit does appear (which, again, if rumors are any indication...).
After all, Tatum filming a small cameo or a post-credits stinger as Gambit for Apocalypse (or even Deadpool) would take hardly any time. And while, sure, there'd be those in the audience wondering who that guy with the red eyes and funny accent was, there would also be plenty of fans made that much more excited to see Gambit return later in the year.
When do you expect to first see Channing Tatum as Gambit - in an X-Men: Apocalypse cameo or his first solo film? Sound off in the comments below!
Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015, Deadpool on February 12, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, Gambit is coming Oct 7, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 2, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.
Source: MTV News
Header Image: BossLogic