It seems almost every mutant that has ever appeared in an X-Men comic is appearing in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, but there’s one character that was rumored to appear we can now officially count out. According to Channing Tatum’s AMA on Reddit, it looks like Gambit will not be making a cameo appearance as a prelude to his own film after all, which just announced recently as being directed by Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Rupert Wyatt. When a fan asked him about a possible cameo, Channing simply replied, “No ma’am, or sir. I definitely will not.”
Well, barring the whole thing being subterfuge (which doesn’t seem like Tatum’s style, really) there are probably several reasons why this isn’t happening. First off, Apocalypse is already super over-crowded with mutants, something like a cast of seventeen at this point, so having one more taking up screen time is probably one mutant too much. Secondly, the “surprise” cameo is almost certainly going to be Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, who has yet to not appear in an X-Men movie (and whose fate in the past was left a mystery at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past). And finally, with this movie being set in the 1980s, that would kind of trap a Channing-set Gambit movie in or around the same time period, and maybe the folks at Fox don’t want the upcoming Rupert Wyatt-directed solo film to be a period piece.
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