How The X-Men’s Gambit Was Almost Bisexual

The Cajun mutant is known for his seductive ways.

There’s enough LGBT mutants in the Marvel universe to have their own team, but it turns out one fan-fave X-man almost came out as bi a few years back.

According to CBR writer Brian Cronin’s recent “Comic Legends” column, writer James Asmus was going to depict Cajun bad boy Gambit as bisexual during his 2012 solo series, but the idea was nixed by higher-ups.

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“It’s true that I was interested in revealing Gambit to be bisexual in our series,” Asmus told reader Rich Johnston in 2015, “with us first seeing him seduce a man on one of his missions, and soon thereafter meeting a member of the thieves guild Gambit previously had a more significant relationship with in his pre-X-Men debut.”

Alas the idea never got off the ground.

“I never got past pitching the first part, though, as word came down we wouldn’t be redefining the character as such,” he added.

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Asmus clarified he doesn’t know exactly who made the call, or why. But his editor on Gambit, Daniel Ketcham, is openly gay and has worked hard to add diversity in comics.

“Though the memory is hazy (I pitched a LOT of different ideas for that book) I don’t think [Dan] was keen on the idea just from a practical/story stand point. And as I mentioned, I had lots of different concepts I was happy to explore—so in fairness, the ’No’ wasn’t something I fought against. And in hindsight, maybe that pitch was too half-baked.”

There’s nothing to say Remy isn’t bi, though, so the door is open for another writer to unravel that thread. Perhaps Kelly Thompson will do just that in the new Rogue and Gambit miniseries, out now.

And then there’s the Gambit solo movie starring Channing Tatum, slated for a February 2019 release. Maybe he and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool can turn out to be exes?

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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