The smooth talkin card playin hustler Gambit will be featured in Marvel’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine later on this year, so I figured I’d take the time to explain who this man is and why he has such a devoted following. First off, I know there are tons of people out there who say Gambit is their favorite, but really have no idea who he is. Education begins now:
Gambit first appeared in Uncanny X-Men in 1990.
His real name is Remmy Etienne LeBeau.
Contrary to what many believe, his power is not just the ability to throw exploding cards. Gambit’s power is his ability to control kinetic energy.
Gambit went to Mr. Sinister to lower his power so he could control it. In return, Mr. Sinister used him to lead the Marauders into the sewers of NYC to kill all of the Morlocks.
Gambit is not from France! He is from New Orleans. Hence Wolverine’s nickname for him, “Cajun.”
He was raised as a thief and is associated with 3 main groups, The Thieves Guild, The Assassins Guild and the Fagan Mob.
Until recently Gambit was a proud smoker, but Marvel’s recent decision no longer promote the habit has changed this.
He once fought, and beat, Wolverine in a Danger Room battle.
Gambit was exiled from New Orleans and became a traveling thief and gambler where he was introduced to the X-Men through Storm.
Gambit’s documented love interest has always been Rogue.
So there you have it once again. Gambit as an underground icon has gotten out of control and I find a lot of people say they are fans because they want to seem like they know what they are talking about (Man, that was pretentious wasn’t it?). So this is for you wannabes. This is for all of you out there who watched the OC and saw how chicks fell in love with Seth and now you’re trying to pass yourself off as a comic book aficionado.