Hoping to see Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse? Well, you can push that notion to the side. Star Channing Tatum has confirmed that the popular Cajun Mutant will not be making an appearance in the next X-Men adventure. The actor will, instead, be first introduced in his own solo movie arriving just a few months later. This mirrors a statement Channing Tatum made earlier in the year, where he said he didn't necessarily want to set up his character against a backdrop of other mutants. When asked if he was going to be in X-Men: Apocalypse during a Reddit AMA, he had a pretty solid, straightforward response.
"No ma'am, or sir. I Definitely will not."
Before Channing Tatum had officially signed on, producer Lauren Shuler Donner teased that X-Men: Apocalypse would be a perfect place to re-introduce Gambit after his initial big screen debut in the less-than-well received X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009. But now it sounds like just announced director Rupert Wyatt and Channing Tatum have other plans. In fact, they want to change the way Marvel makes movies. Answering whether or not he could reveal anything new about the movie, Channing Tatum boasted that he plans to change the Marvel movie form.
"We finally found someone that I really believe wants to make Gambit, it will be the second standalone character. And I just really think because Gambit is not the most popular or the biggest hero, I think there's a really unique opportunity. Marvel's done a lot of great movies that have made a ridiculous amount of money, and it's always good to figure how to change the form."
What do you think? Is it a smarter move to have Gambit introduced in his own movie? Or would it be better for audiences to get to know this lesser known hero as part of the much wider known X-Men universe? Or do you think the whole idea of Channing Tatum as Gambit is just a bad idea?