The X-Men film series helped pave the way for the way the world views superhero films. Beginning with X-Men in 2000, the franchise spawned 12 films and created memorable moments featuring A-list actors like Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawerence. However, following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the series came to a screeching halt. Simon Kinberg, producer of the X-Men live-action films, recently revealed that the future of the series was being planned out up until the last moment.
During a watch party for IGN, Kinberg talked about the polarizing 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. Kinberg revealed that the film’s stinger was originally meant to set up the fabled Gambit solo film starring Channing Tatum‘s Gambit.
“We had a tease of it at the end of Apocalypse. The Essex Corp is something that you see in a tag at the end of Apocalypse,” Kinberg recently said during a watch party with IGN. “We had talked about doing something with him, and I won’t get into the specifics of it since it’s no longer a 20th Century Fox property and now it’s part of the MCU. I have no idea what the plan is. But Mister Sinister was going to be part of the Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum.”
The post-credits scene in question sees men in black suits visit the Weapon X facility to retrieve a blood sample marked “Weapon X”, for the Essex Corporation. Mister Sinister AKA Nathaniel Essex has long been a formidable opponent of the X-Men. Debuting in Marvel Comics in 1986, the character boasts the power of telepathy and telekinesis. He was ranked #29 in IGN‘s Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time.
The star-and-stop production of Gambit is one of the most interesting stories in modern Hollywood. With Tatum attached to star from the very beginning, the film went through a bevy of directors including Rupert Wyatt, Doug Liman, and Gore Verbinski. Additionally, the film set a number of release dates and failed to meet them all. However, Disney inevitably canceled the film following the Fox merger.
Many fans were eagerly awaiting Tatum’s iteration of the character. He even appeared alongside Stan Lee, Ryan Reynolds, and other X-Men actors at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. Next, Disney finally plans to release the upcoming film New Mutants on August 28, 2020.
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