(Warning: The following contains theoretical – albeit entirely speculative – SPOILERS for future installments in Fox’s X-Men-centric movie universe, and in particular Gambit’s potential solo movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise…)
Now, rumor may have it that Fox’s forthcoming solo movie – and the latest murmurings may even hold that the man attached to play Remy ‘Gambit’ LeBeau himself, – but that doesn’t actually mean that the Gambit solo movie isn’t going to happen. The biggest reason for that particular suspicion?
Gambit’s Solo Movie Might Just Be Set To Change The X-Men Movie Universe Forever
Y’see, as it turns out, Gambit looks to be one of the more likely X-Men spin-offs to completely re-orient the X-Universe. Specifically, it seems entirely possible that the movie could be the connecting fabric between the Wolverine franchise, the current X-Men movies, and the alternate ‘modern’ X-Men universe depicted in Deadpool.
Here’s the logic (all of which hinges entirely on the movie actually happening, with Tatum, in the relatively near future (a.k.a. Fox’s apparent current plan) – so let’s take that as a given for the sake of argument):
Gambit Would Be An Obvious Cameo For Wolverine 3
With the ragin’ Cajun having missed out on an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse, the most obvious upcoming movie for him to feature in would surely be Wolverine 3. Gambit, after all, has relatively little history with The New Mutants, and Deadpool 2 is already set to introduce Cable, and in so doing presumably cue up X-Force. With Wolverne’s next solo venture looking likely to take place in a , however, it seems most likely that a Tatum-played Gambit would appear in a post-credits scene, setting up the next adventure – something Fox has seemingly embraced with both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse.
If that were indeed to be the case, though, then a Wolverine-adjacent cameo would seem to support the idea that Gambit will take place in whatever universe emerges from the claw-marked wreckage that Wolverine 3 leaves behind, and as it turns out…
Deadpool‘s Universe Is Probably What Wolverine 3 Will Leave Behind
With Wolverine supposedly set to depart the X-Universe (for a while, at least) in the wake of Wolverine 3, y’see, it seems likely that the movie will end by setting up an X-Men Universe in which Wolverine is no longer around. After all, the alternative is going to be a series of increasingly awkward references to how ‘Logan just went out to get milk’ throughout the next ten years of X-Movies – or recasting, which Fox seems reluctant to do.
If that’s the case, then, it seems most likely that some variation of Deadpool’s version of the X-Universe – the Negasonic Teenage Warhead-featuring one that seems to be subtly separate to that of the main X-Men movies – will find itself at the heart of Fox’s movie thinking going forward. With X-Force – and possibly even The New Mutants – looking likely to directly connect to Deadpool, then, it seems logical that Gambit would do the same, with the core X-Men movies acting as prequels for the next few installments.
If that’s the case, though, then…
Gambit Could Well Be The One Who Brings The Two Strands of Fox’s X-Universe Together
He is, after all, a far more likely member of the core X-Men team than Deadpool (having actually spent several years – and the span of a beloved 90s cartoon – as a member of the team).
At the same time, however, he’s a sufficiently roguish figure to fit comfortably into Fox’s apparent plans for an X-Force movie (making the whole thing something of an X-Avengers, only way darker), while still potentially appearing alongside the regular X-Men in the core franchise.
In other words? Gambit could well prove – even more so than Deadpool – to be the movie-hopping central hero that Wolverine has been for the past sixteen years.
Just, y’know, so long as Fox actually makes the movie.