While originally just a rumor, “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner finally revealed that Channing Tatum has signed on to play Gambit in the X-Men universe. Originally portrayed by Taylor Kitsch in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Tatum will give the Cajun superhero a completely different appearance. A much larger actor than Kitsch, as well as someone who is not a Cajun, it remains to be seen if he will be able to portray the character like fans of the comics might expect.
The first appearance for Tatum as Gambit will be in the 2016 movie “X-Men: Apocalypse” and then Donner said that he will get his own solo movie after that. With Gambit coming back for the “Apocalypse” movie, here is a look at other characters that might return for that big movie.
Nightcrawler first appeared in “X2: X-Men United” and had one of the best introductions of any hero in the series when he broke into the U.S. President’s office to prove a point. Played by Alan Cumming, Nightcrawler really shined in the movie, bringing the angst of Kurt Wagner to the big screen. Nightcrawler played a huge role in the “Age of Apocalypse” comic book storyline, as there was an alternative version of him in that world that was much more evil and dangerous than the swashbuckling fan favorite in the main Marvel universe.
Angel was one of the original X-Men in the comics, but was bypassed in the movies and only appeared in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” played by Ben Foster. In the comic books, Angel plays a huge role in the Apocalypse storylines. He loses his wings and Apocalypse offers him the chance to get his wings back if he serves as Death in the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He accepts and becomes the leader of the Horsemen, and one of the most dangerous villains in the story.
Since the movie is based on the villain Apocalypse, the one mutant that has to make an appearance is Cable, the son of Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor from the future. Born in our time, Nate Summers was infected with a virus by Apocalypse that killed mutants, and he was sent into the future where a cure existed to be raised with no knowledge of his real parents. That future was ruled by Apocalypse, but Nate ended up beating Apocalypse to save the world. When Nate’s evil clone Stryfe came back to the present day, Cable followed and became an ally to the X-Men.