Now Is The Perfect Time For The MCU To Fix The X-Men"s 15-Year Gambit Snub

Warning! This article contains spoilers for X-Men '97 season 1.
  • Gambit's heroic sacrifice in X-Men '97 highlights the character's potential for a leading role in the MCU.
  • The animated show corrects past mistakes in Fox's characterization of Gambit, paving the way for future live-action success.
  • X-Men '97 showcases the importance of exploring underutilized characters like Gambit, setting the stage for MCU redemption.
X-Men '97's treatment of Gambit gives the MCU the perfect opportunity to rectify Fox's 15-year snub of the character in live-action. Since the ending of X-Men '97 episode 5, the character of Remy LeBeau/Gambit has been fresh in the minds of superhero movie audiences. Gambit's heroic sacrifice made for an emotionally impactful and incredibly exciting ending to a major installment of the show, one that solidified X-Men '97 as one of the best MCU Disney+ TV shows.
While Gambit's sacrifice and X-Men '97 episode 5's character deaths solidified the installment as an affecting story in its own right, it brought to light some mistakes of the live-action X-Men movies by 20th Century Fox. Despite many of Fox's X-Men movies being high-ranked among the plethora of superhero movies, there is no denying the franchise had some issues with characterization. One such character that suffered from this was Gambit, with X-Men '97's story proving now to be the perfect time for Marvel Studios to put right these mistakes in the MCU.
Related 10 Ways X-Men '97 Is Fixing Fox's X-Men Movie Character Changes 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise frustratingly changed several elements of the titular comic characters, something X-Men ’97 is expertly reversing. Gambit Appeared Once In The Fox X-Men Franchise & Never Again Gambit's appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine does not make up for Fox's treatment of the character. Close In the mainline X-Men movies under 20th Century Fox's guidance, Gambit only appeared once. This appearance came in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Gambit was part of the film's ensemble rather than a major character. Played by Taylor Kitsch, Gambit was first introduced to the live-action X-Men franchise in an admittedly poor film, as Origins: Wolverine faced terrible critical and fan reception. While Kitsch was an up-and-coming star at that time in Hollywood, many agreed that his version of Gambit was either too inaccurate to the comic book version of the character or simply wasted in a bad movie.
Gambit was eventually announced as having a 2020 release date, before being officially canceled once Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019.
After the failure of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 20th Century Fox course-corrected the franchise by moving to an entirely new cast with the prequel trilogy, beginning with X-Men: First Class in 2011. This meant that Kitsch's Gambit never appeared again in the X-Men live-action franchise, though there were extensive plans for another version of the character. For years, Channing Tatum was said to be taking on the role of Gambit in the X-Men franchise. Tatum was initially in consideration for the role before Hitsch for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, meaning he almost played a part in Wolverine’s early X-Men movie timeline.
After the change in direction for the X-Men franchise, Fox expressed willingness to create a Gambit solo movie starring Tatum. The film was eventually announced in 2014, though was stuck in development hell after going through the likes of Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski as potential directors. Gambit was eventually announced as having a 2020 release date, before being officially canceled once Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019. This all means that Gambit appeared once in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, never to be seen again in live-action.
Related All The X-Men Movies In Chronological Order The X-Men timeline may be jumbled but there is a way to watch all the movies in chronological order. X-Men ’97 Is Proving The Value Of Exploring Under-Used Characters Gambit and several other X-Men are being explored in more detail through X-Men '97. Close Luckily for Gambit, X-Men '97 is proving how best to explore previously underutilized characters. Gambit's storyline in X-Men '97 is evidently fantastic and proves how characters that have previously been sidelined can offer a lot in the way of storytelling. Aside from Gambit though, the animated show has many other characters who are given a spotlight that proves how misused they were in the 20th Century Fox live-action X-Men movies.
Bishop's character has been lacking in X-Men '97 thus far, though his inclusion in the film's opening promises he will receive the same treatment as the following characters.
One character who has proven this is Jubilee. Jubilee has had several compelling storylines in X-Men '97 season 1 thus far, including a dedicated story in episode 4 that served as one of the show's most fun plot points to date. In the X-Men live-action movies, Jubilee was missing from the core team. Many thought this would change when Lana Condor was cast as the character for X-Nen: Apocalypse, yet most of Jubilee's scenes were cut from the final film.
Your browser does not support the video tag. Cyclops is another X-Man whose character was sidelined in the X-Men movies, being reduced from the pseudo-leader of the team to simply the antagonist of Wolverine via their relationship with Jean Grey. Conversely, X-Men '97 is allowing Cyclops to shine, giving him a compelling leadership role and stronger character dynamics. Jean Grey is the same in X-Men '97, dealing with storylines completely absent from the movies, like her clone, Madelyne Pryor. Jean's Phoenix Force storyline was done well in the animated show also, after being poorly handled twice in live-action.
X-Men '97 Episode No.
Episode Title
Release Date
"To Me, My X-Men"
"Mutant Liberation Begins"
"Fire Made Flesh"
"Motendo/ Lifedeath - Part 1"
"Remember It"
"Lifedeath - Part 2"
"Bright Eyes"
"Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 1"
"Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 2"
"Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 3"
Gambit Deserves To Be A Full-Fledged Member Of The X-Men X-Men '97 proves that Gambit deserves the proper live-action treatment. If anything, X-Men '97 proves that Gambit deserves to be a properly fleshed-out member of the X-Men. Despite the Fox live-action movies failing the character over 15 years, Marvel Animation proves that underutilized characters can still make for good stories. Gambit is one such character, with his charm, wit, power set, and emotional story in X-Men '97 reinforcing this. All of these attributes contribute to making Gambit a beloved character, just as they did in Marvel Comics. With these traits in mind, it is more clear than ever that Gambit deserves to be a mainstay in a live-action X-Men roster.
Related Marvel's X-Men Movie: Everything We Know Anticipation is high for the MCU's X-Men movie reboot, but details are still scarce about when the movie will be released and what it will be about. Gambit’s X-Men ’97 Reaction Bodes Well For The MCU’s Future Gambit's reaction, and other factors, could see him revived in the MCU. With all this in mind, the MCU has the opportunity to fix Fox's mistake going forward. This could be spurred by the reaction to Gambit in X-Men '97. Audiences have clearly resonated with Gambit in the show, as proven by the reaction to his death in episode 5. This reaction proves above all else how well Gambit can work in an X-Men story when utilized correctly. The Fox live-action franchise did not realize this potential, but the MCU's upcoming X-Men movies could.
If Tatum is keen on still taking the role, the MCU's future could fix Fox's mistakes.
Furthermore, the MCU could finally see Channing Tatum's Gambit come to the fore. The movie failed to get off the ground under 20th Century Fox, though it is clear the film was intended to take place within the core X-Men continuity. With The Marvels' X-Men universe seemingly being similar to the one from Fox's franchise, Tatum's Gambit could already exist in the multiverse. If Tatum is keen on still taking the role, the MCU's future could fix Fox's mistakes.
When combining the star power of Channing Tatum with X-Men '97's version of Gambit, the MCU's future sounds promising. X-Men '97 shows how well the character can work either as part of an ensemble or in terms of heroic solo stories. As evident by the reaction to this, now is the perfect time for the MCU to capitalize on Gambit's success in X-Men '97 by finally bringing him to live-action, fixing 15 years of 20th Century Fox mistakes in the process.
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X-Men '97 is the direct continuation of the popular 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. Taking up where the third season left off, Marvel's revival brings back famous mutants such as Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, and Nightcrawler, who fight villains like Mr. Sinister, the Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club.
Cast Jennifer Hale , Chris Potter , Alison Sealy-Smith , Lenore Zann , Cal Dodd , Catherine Disher , Adrian Hough , Ray Chase , Chris Britton , George Buza Writers Beau DeMayo Directors Jake Castorena Creator(s) Beau DeMayo


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