While doing press for 22 Jump Street, Channing Tatum revealed that his deal still isn't closed yet to play Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, and that he wants to change the superhero genre with a stand-alone movie, hinting that he may not even be in X-Men: Apocalypse.

"We've talked about it being a standalone, first, and actually trying to change the 'hero, superhero movie.' Because Gambit is not your typical 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."
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However, the actor admitted that making this new stand-alone adventure will pose quite the challenge.

"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."

When the actor was first confirmed to play Gambit, it was believed that he would take on the role in X-Men: Apocalypse before his own spin-off movie, but it seems that may not be the case yet. Of course, negotiations are still ongoing, so that may change in the near future, although the actor said they are still starting to "chug forward."

"Creatively, we're starting to chug forward. Obviously there's nothing [official]. There are only conversations and dreams right now, really."

The actor also spoke about how vocal he has been in the past about playing Gambit.

"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."