To all their questions and inconsistencies, Fox’s X men movies got lots right.
Over the course of nearly two decades, the studio published a handful of legitimate majors X men film – from Logan to X2: X-Men United. And at the center of all of Fox’s best X men films were compelling performances by actors who were perfectly suited to their roles, including Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto.
Fox, of course, did not every The X-Men character fits the big screen just right — and this is where Marvel can really shine.
Another chance – Since Disney formally bought Fox, fans have been wondering how Marvel Studios will introduce the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Early rumors of the study’s mutant plans have all revolved around characters like Professor X and Wolverine, those who were already translated to the big screen a few years ago.
But instead of revisiting fan-favorite characters, Marvel could — and we say, should — take the opportunity to spot characters left out of Fox’s X men movies or poorly represented in them. And no character in the latter category is more deserving of another chance than Gambit.
Marvel’s Gambit – Born in New Orleans and raised by thieves, Remy LeBeau (AKA Gambit) is a charming mutant capable of converting the potential energy of any object into kinetic energy; that means no matter what he touches, it can become explosive. Consistent with his sleek, con-man-like attitude, Gambit usually uses this ability on the playing cards he carries, turning each one into a grenade-like bomb that he can throw at enemies.
In the comics, Gambit emerged as one of Marvel’s most fascinating, unique mutants. Over the years, he has been associated with notable groups such as the X-Men, Thieves Guild, Marauders, Chevaliers, Excalibur and the X-Factor. He has also had a turbulent and passionate relationship with Rogue; the two mutants even got married in the comics in 2018.
Outside of his powers, superhero affiliations and romantic interests, Gambit is a compelling hero. Like Wolverine, a number of Gambits’ stories have seen him struggle with the sins and mistakes of his past — and these battles have resulted in him sometimes leaving the X-Men for long journeys of self-discovery, exploration, and reinvention. He is an intensely fascinating character who, thanks to his southern twang and dismissive attitude, does not look like any other superhero.
Introducing Gambit on screen would not only allow Marvel Studios to bring a whole new kind of superhero to life; it would also connect X-Men’s dramatic tensions with the MCUs in one go.
That Vise versa Analysis – Unlike Wolverine or Magneto, Gambit has not yet been satisfactorily brought to life. The character was played by Taylor Kitsch in the 2009s X-Men Origins: Wolverine a film that failed to deliver an interesting or accurate depiction of anyone cartoon characters featured (including Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, whose Merc with the Mouth got his lips sewn closed).
After the film’s failed attempt to adapt Gambit, Fox spent years trying to greenlight a Channing Tatum-led Gambit film, only for the project to fall apart. That means Marvel has the chance to give comic book fans what they’ve never seen before: a faithful live-action Gambit.
This is a character fans would be happy to see and whose presence would help the MCUs receive the X-Men separate from Fox’s version. Talk about a win-win.
X-Men will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe on an unknown date.
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