Gambit Poster Uncanny X-Men Rogue Wolverine Hildebrandt Marvel Press


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Gambit stormed on to the scene way back in Uncanny X-Men 266. Since then he’s remained a popular and mysterious addition to the X-Men mythos. Able to manipulate kinetic energy, he’s famous for charging up playing cards and throwing them with dangerous precision! Gambit also made his movie debut in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He’s been a member of various X-Men teams and even once became a Horseman of Apocalypse! During the epic Avengers vs X-Men he does battle with Captain America himself! As of this writing he has joined Peter David’s Uncanny X-Factor!

Gambit is a mutant who has the ability to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to pure light pink- colored kinetic energy thus “charging” that item with highly explosive results. He prefers to charge smaller objects, such as his ever-present playing cards, as the time required to charge them is greatly reduced and they are much easier for him to throw. The only real limitation to this ability is the time required to charge the object: the larger it is the more time it takes to charge. Most charging takes place through direct skin contact. The power of his explosions is dependent on the mass of the object he is charging, for example, a charged playing card explodes with the force of a grenade. Gambit can also use his mutant abilities to accelerate an object’s kinetic energy instead of converting its potential energy; for example, he can charge his Bo staff with enough kinetic energy and power to level a house.

Remy is best known for his on-again, off-again romance with Rogue. To his credit, he’s stuck by her side even though she could not risk touching him for fear her powers might cripple or kill him (or even worse, absorb his memories.) After Scott and Jean, Rogue and Gambit’s relationship is probably the most popular in all the X-Men mythos!

Gambit has also appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he is portrayed by actor Taylor Kitsch. It was confirmed on May 13, 2014 that a Gambit spin-off is in the works, with Gambit portrayed by Channing Tatum. Producer Simon Kinberg, who seems to be utilizing the lesson that has sustained Marvel Studios for the past eight years – superhero movies can be a vessel to tell all kinds of different stories. Much like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a hugely different experience than Guardians of the Galaxy, Kinberg says that the various X-Men movies in development will all have distinct tones: “I mean Deadpool obviously has a very different, almost antithetical tone to the mainline X-Men movies. The X-Men movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas Deadpool is irreverent and hysterical and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way”.

Remy LeBeau’s comic book counterpart is a suave ladies’ man and a thief who frequently stumbles into heroics. Making a full-on heist movie that utilizes his sex appeal is true to the character on the page while allowing the movie to provide a different flavor of action than the rest of the X-Men movies. And it’s about time, too – the main X-Men films have begun to run together and tread on too much familiar ground. Deadpool and Gambit could be the shot in the arm that this franchise needs.

The X-gang’s all here: Bishop, Storm, Rogue, Professor X, Phoenix (or Marvel Girl), Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Jubilee, Sabretooth, Psylocke…all X-Men who have touched the life of Remy Lebeau a.k.a. Gambit for better or for worse, created by Greg Hildebrandt for Marvel Comics. Hildebrandt is probably best known for his work on the original Star Wars posters back in the 70’s.

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