Real Name: Remy Etienne Lebeau
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #266 (August, 1990)
Powers: Master thief. Can charge objects with kinetic energy and when thrown, explode on impact. Irresistible hypnotic charm.
Affiliation: X-Men, Horsemen of Apocalypse, Marauders, and Thieves Guild
Enemies: Mr. Sinister, Marauders, Channing Tatum
Love Interests: Bella Donna Boudreaux, Rogue
Did You Know: If you ever have read any Gambit dialogue, you will notice that he speaks in a French/English mix…or Frenglish, as I will dub it.
A Little History
I grew up loving the Gambit character. Smooth, suave, great with the ladies…he had everything that a young man could want.
In fact, I even have a Gambit tattoo on my arm.
At no point do I regret this decision, but lately, the casting choice for a potential/on again/off again Gambit movie has me questioning my loyalties. For those of you who do not know, Channing Tatum has been cast as Gambit and at the time of this writing, this news makes me want to vomit and swallow it, just so I can vomit again.
Don’t get me wrong; Channing Tatum is a fine actor. It is just that I have a hard time envisioning “Magic Mike” as Gambit.
Remy Lebeau grew up in a gang of street thieves; more specifically, Remy was abandoned at childbirth because he had fire-red eyes. While in the hospital ward, he was kidnapped by members of one of the local guilds who believed that he was ‘the one’ (and no, not Neo from The Matrix). He was prophesized as “le diable blanc” or the White Devil and the white devil was thought to bring peace to the two guilds (Assassins and Thieves) that were at constant war with one another.
In his childhood, he would attempt to pickpocket the patriarch of the Thieves Guild and when caught, instead of being beaten to a pulp, the patriarch would adopt him into his own family.
Remember I mentioned that the hope was that Remy would bring resolve to the fighting guilds?
As part of a peace pact between the fighting guilds, Remy would marry Bella Donna Boudreaux, the daughter of a member of the Assassins Guild, or the opposition the Thieves Guild.
This should have brought peace to the two guilds, however, Donna’s brother objected to the marriage and challenged Remy to a duel.
Remy did what Remy does…he won (via death). This caused him to be banished and exiled from New Orleans.
Over time, Remy would begin to learn control over his charging stuff and making it explode mutant power. This, like most men, did not last and his powers became stronger than he could handle.
In an effort to control them, he did what any smart individual would do and he sought out the help of the evil mutant, Mr. Sinister.
Ok, so far aside from Channing Tatum playing Remy, in the world of comics all seems likely and ordinary.
To aid him, Mr. Sinister removes a portion of his brain.
Now in debt to Mr. Sinister, Remy was made to gather a group of assassins called the Marauders together.
This newly formed super group (not Mr. Big) was sent to kill and wipe out the Morlocks (underground atrocious looking mutants). Remy, unable to comprehend what was happening, attempted to stop the violence and by doing so, was nearly killed.
Luckily for a Morlock named Marrow, Remy managed to save her.
All would go well for Remy for a short while until he was kissed by Rogue (his girlfriend whose power is absorbency of other powers/memories etc…).
At this moment, Remy’s memories were transferred over, exposing his role in the Mutant Massacre.
In Judge Judy style, Remy would be placed on a mock trial. This resulted in him being kicked off the X-Men and left for dead in Antarctica.
You may be asking, “Why Antarctica?”
Long and short, this is the comics.
Unprepared and without his Sorel’s, Remy finds his way out of Antarctica.
Still with me?
From here, he would attempt to and be caught stealing the Gem of Cyttorak, (Juggernaut) which should naturally make you questions his talents as a thief.
Remy would eventually join the Horsemen of Apocalypse as “Death.”
If you don’t know at this point, The Horseman are kind of like a Breakfast Club in the sense that at some point everyone becomes a member.
He believed that if he infiltrated the Horsemen, he could stop Apocalypse. He was wrong and it would not end well for Remy.
Under the “Death” persona, he would feel guilt for attacking Rogue and feel betrayed by the X-Men for their attack on him.
Like a stalker lurking in the shadows, Mr. Sinister once again comes in and returns Remy back to his normal form, leaving Remy with a feeling of debt to him.
Eventually, he would return to the X-Men.
Gambit, like most characters in the Marvel Universe, is much like a teenager leaving high school…he just doesn’t know what to do with himself.
- Not meant to be played by Channing Tatum
- Meant to bring peace to the two fighting guilds
- Kills his fiance’s brother
- Mr. Sinister removes a portion of his brain
- Joins Marauders and nearly wipes out Morlocks
- Brutal past comes to the forefront
- Forgets his Sorel’s
- Becomes Death
- Doesn’t know where to fit in