There is a house in New Orleans they call “Saints And Sinners.” Technically, it’s not so much a “house” as it is a “burlesque-themed Bourbon Street watering hole.” But locals refer to it by a different name: Channing Tatum’s bar. It’s not entirely uncommon for a rollicking night to take a few left turns and end with merry-makers and the ChanMan rubbing elbows while slugging down a couple beverages in a smoky corner of Saints And Sinners. All of this is to say: Channing Tatum is deeply ingrained in the cultural heritage of New Orleans because he opened a bar there a couple of years ago.
So it came as no surprise back in May when Manly Taters revealed that he’d take up the mantle of card-flinging X-Man (and New Orleans-bred pickpocket) Gambit in a future film. At that time, producers left it unclear as to whether Tatum and Gambit would appear as a part of the next major installment in X-Men: Apocalypse or get a starring vehicle of their own. New developments have brought some clarity to the situation.
A solo spinoff probably not titled Chanbit will enter American theaters on October 7, 2016. With Apocalypse slated for release a few months earlier (May 27, to be specific), there’s still no telling whether the Ragin’ Cajun will pop by the main canon to throw some exploding cards at people. But now it’s confirmed that Gambit will, at long last, make it to the big screen. It shall be the culmination of a long and troubled journey to the movies for Gambit, who was nearly portrayed by Taylor Kitsch in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, as we all know, that movie does not exist, has never existed, and won’t be able to hurt any more feelings or destroy any more hope than it already has.
For those who weren’t balancing a steady diet of comic books with cartoons during the mid-1990s, the mutant née Remy LaBeau possesses the ability to convert an inanimate object’s potential energy to kinetic energy instantly. That’s comics-talk for “He can make stuff, usually playing cards, glow all pink and then go essplode on command.” If readers still weren’t sold on the ability to turn pretty much anything into a grenade, Gambit’s backstory included a childhood earning his stripes in thief school and extensive experience with bo-staff combat. So, to review: Here’s an X-Man who can blow up whatever he wants, speaks with a sexy accent, and kinda knows kung fu. Paging Dr. Taters...