Okay, if you’ll just allow me a second here with this Channing Tatum news…
Okay, nerdrage/fangirl behavior completely over. Thank you for indulging me. Gambit is one of my favorite X-men, if not my ABSOLUTE favorite, so I needed a second to grieve when I found out that Magic Mike would be playing him on the big screen. I’m pretty sure that I’ve now entered into the final stage of acceptance.
With that acceptance comes the hope that just like all of the other questionable superhero casting choices lately, Channing Tatum will surprise us all and be absolutely amazing. We need to see him in the role before we get pissed, just like I said with Batfleck, and then he is fair game to hate. Hey, these things have happened before (see: Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, etc.). I really, truly, sincerely hope that Channing’s Louisiana roots will lend themselves well to Gambit’s signature Cajun accent and devilish charm.
You know, if nothing else, I think it is important to remember that he wanted this part really badly. He won out over a lot of other contenders, including Gambit 1.0, Taylor Kitsch, so clearly he is committed to this role. No actor wants to let fans down, especially super intense comic fans that lob twitter threats daily at poor actors who just want to do their best. No actor wants to embarrass themselves in front of their peers, studio execs, etc. either because this is their livelihood. So I’m just going to assume that he’s going to give it everything he’s got and then wait and see.
Now, I just wonder since the X-men universe is so mucked up already, and we have a completely new Gambit–we’re evidently getting a new, more accurate version of Deadpool as well while we’re at it–will we see a new Rogue as well? Etienne? Candra? Please please please a Bella Donna? Any other Boudreauxs? Mister Sinister? I’m assuming the extremely vital Thieves Guild is a given. Who knows though. He’s getting a stand alone film, so I’m just interested to see what parts of his past that they will choose to incorporate, change, or completely ignore.
I guess I’ll have to see Days of Future Past to figure out what is going to happen in Apocalypse and take it from there. He was one of the horseman at one point. Is that going to be hinted at at all? It’s not like they follow a canonically-accurate timeline. SO MANY QUESTIONS! AHHHH!
Here’s hoping that it’s all great!