Channing Tatum Reveals How X-Man’s Suit Would Have Worked
Channing Tatum discusses his vision for Gambit’s movie costume, which would have eschewed the utilitarian design trend for superhero costumes.
Channing Tatum recently opened up about his canceled X-Men spin-off, Gambitrevealing what the iconic Cajun X-Man costume would have looked like on the big screen.
Tatum dismissed criticism of Gambit’s “flamboyant” comic book tailoring, arguing that the character “just loves fashion.” He explained to Variety why he thought Gambit’s hot pink chest plate and trench coat look would work on film. “[Gambit] could pull off anything. Most superheroes, their outfits are utilitarian,” Tatum said. “Batman has his belt. Gambit is like, ‘No, that shit is just fly, bro! This shit walked the catwalk in Paris last year.'”
The actor also opened up about how crushed he was when the Disney/Fox merger killed the Gambit movie. “Once Gambit left, I was so traumatized,” Tatum recalled. “I turned off my Marvel machine. I couldn’t see any of the movies. I loved this character. It was too sad. It was like losing a friend because I was so ready to play him.”
Gambit wasn’t the only one x-men project that Disney abandoned when it acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019. X-Men: Dark Phoenix writer/director Simon Kinberg previously confirmed that dark phoenixthe story was left open to set up a new trilogy, which Disney later scrapped. In the same way, New Mutants co-writer/director Josh Boone talked about a post-credits scene from that film that would have set up a New Mutants following.
the New Mutants The deleted scene is particularly noteworthy because it would have featured Jon Hamm as Mister Sinister, a major comic book villain who was also set to appear in Gambit. Mister Sinister has already been teased in X-Men: apocalypseit is post-credits pokes with a briefcase bearing the Essex Corporation logo alluding to the villain’s alter-ego, Nathaniel Essex. Kinberg has since revealed that this scene was meant to tie directly into Tatum’s. Gambit fallout too.
As Marvel Studios prepares to integrate the x-men characters in the MCU, these plans, as well as the Gambit movie itself, are officially dead. But fans haven’t completely given up hope of a directed Tatum Gambit solo film in the MCU, much like Fox’s former property dead Pool 3 is moving forward as the MCU’s first Rated Rated release. Marvel Studios, however, has yet to announce any x-men– related projects other than Dead Pool 3.
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