Anyone who has ever read the X-Men comics or kept up with the many spin-offs and side projects in that Marvel world knows that the title has more than its fair share of characters. This bodes well for Fox since they’re trying to capitalize off of the amazing success of X-Men: Days of Future Past by building their franchise into new and exciting directions. One of the new characters they’ll be introducing is the fan-favorite Gambit. But if the actor (almost) slotted to play Gambit, Channing Tatum, has his way, the loveable Cajun will be getting his own solo flick before he pokes his head into the main X-Men storyline. Read on for all the info.
In a recent interview with MTV, Tatum had this to say about the development of Gambit as far as it concerns his return to the X-Men universe:
“Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing written. There are only conversations and dreams really, right now. The machine of the Marvel world is so ginormous that it’s literally like climbing a mountain, getting one of these movies made, and all of the pieces that go along with it, but I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to be the part of Gambit for a very long time. It’s a weird, pinching-myself moment that we’re even having the conversation.
“We’ve talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the ‘hero, superhero movie’ just a little because Gambit is not really your stereotypical “hero” hero. He’s a thief. He walks on the gray. I’m hoping we can change it a little bit, and then ultimately feather into the other ones.”
While it might be nice to see Gambit have his own time on the big screen, the issue of timing is what may kill this one. Days of Future Past director, Bryan Singer already stated that he’d like to bring Gambit into 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. And if Fox can’t figure out a way to rush into producing a Gambit solo flick before then, we might end up seeing the ragin’ Cajun battling beside his fellow X-Men before we see him roaming around on his own.
What say the Nerd Readers? Do you think Gambit would make a stronger entrance if he started out in X-Men: Apocalypse? Or do you think a solo movie would be better for introducing him? And, perhaps more importantly, are there even enough people out there that know who Gambit is to justify a solo flick first?