While cinematic universes and comic book movies have become commonplace in the last decade, the X-Men franchise was ahead of the game, releasing the original film back in 2000. The mutant-focused property is still going strong, with the first trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix recently arriving online, and wowing the fandom. In addition to Josh Boone's The New Mutants and the Deapdool franchise, there is another project that has long been developing: the Gambit movie. With Channing Tatum attached to star as fan favorite Remy Lebeau/Gambit, the movie has been delayed more times than you can shake a stick at. X-Men producer Simon Kinberg recently updated the fandom about Gambit, revealing the project will have a much different tone than most superhero movies. As he tells it,
When you look at Gambit, he's a hustler and a womanizer and we just felt like there was an attitude, a swagger to him, that lent itself to romantic comedy.
Well, that was unexpected. Plenty of superhero movies have contained romantic plot lines, but they're hardly the focus of the narrative. Gambit will change this, once again proving that the X-Men franchise is ready to take some risks within the superhero genre.
Much like The New Mutants will be the first horror-related superhero movie, Gambit will be the first rom-com. With all three of the cinematic universes, the most daring and unique projects have become popular, from Deadpool to Guardians of the Galaxy. The Gambit movie taking on a romantic comedy vibe will set itself apart from the throng, and hopefully make the long wait for its release worth it.
In his same conversation with IGN, Simon Kinberg also clarified that Gambit won't be a traditional rom-com, but be inspired by that specific genre of movies. As he clarified:
You know, when I say romantic comedy, I use that term loosely, in the same term that I use the term western for Logan loosely. It's not like they're gunslingers at high noon in Logan. It's just a vibe. And I would say the vibe of Gambit has a romantic or sex comedy vibe to it. While it is also still very much a superhero movie with villains and heroes, as all these movies are.
What a relief. Although Remy Labeau will still be charming the ladies with his signature cajun charm, there will still be the classic elements of superhero movies. This includes plenty of action, and a big villain for the X-Man to fight against. Gambit has been a fan favorite character since the X-Men animated series, and fans have been waiting for the character to be adapted to live-action (X-Men Origins: Wolverine doesn't count).
CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Gambit. The next installment in the X-Men franchise is Dark Phoenix on February 14th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.