X-Men Origins: Gambit

No, you didn't misread that title. Each Thursday and Friday until the May 1 release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Omnicomic will be profiling the mutants in the film. So sit back and get yourself up to speed on some of the lesser known characters. Gotham City Dossiers will return in a few weeks, so in the meantime you're on your own for finding cool indie comics (I'm sure you'll manage). Gambit first appeared in the Marvel Universe in Uncanny X-Men #266 in 1990. For his origin story, check out Gambit #1 that came out in 1999 or X-Men #8 (1992). Born to the name Remy LeBeau, Gambit was abandoned at birth and kidnapped from the hospital by the New Orleans Thieves Guild, only to be placed in the care of street thieves to teach him their craft. It was because of this teaching the he came into the household of the LeBeau’s when he tried to pickpocket the patriarch Jean-Luc LeBeau. At the time the Thieves Guild was at war with the Assassin’s Guild, and to make peace between the two, Jean-Luc LeBeau decided to arrange a marriage between young Remy and the granddaughter of the leader of the Assassin’s Guild, a young lady named Bella Donna Boudreaux. This marriage was not to be though as Bella’s brother challenged Remy to a duel and was killed in self-defense by Remy. Because of this he was banished from New Orleans so to keep the peace between the two Guilds. Gambit has the mutant ability to tap into the potential energy contained within an object and transform it into kinetic energy upon touching it. When Gambit charges an object and throws it at a target, the object releases this energy explosively on impact. Gambit is unable to use this power to charge living objects. He also has the ability to tap into the energy to grant him superhuman agility and dexterity, as well as creating a static interference that shields his mind from detection and intrusion by even the most powerful telepaths. Gambit possesses a hypnotic charm that allows him to exert a subtle influence over any sentient mind. This power allows Gambit to compel others to believe what he says and agree with anything he suggests. More powerful minds have proven immune to Gambit's charm. He is bilingual in English and French, and also possesses the ability to throw small objects - including knives, throwing spikes, and most notably playing cards - with extraordinary accuracy. He is also a skilled duelist and fencer and sometimes shows this with the use of a staff. Gambit has crossed paths with Sabretooth when working for Mister Sinister-he was asked to form a team of Mutants known as the Marauders. When they were sent to kill all of the Morlocks in the tunnels below New York City Gambit realized how evil Mister Sinister really was. After trying to stop the Marauders and only being able to save one Morlock (who later on becomes the X-Men known as Marrow), Gambit leaves them and wanders the earth until finding and helping Storm, and thus joining the X-Men. Wolverine who doesn’t trust Gambit at all and Gambit does not tell any of the X-Men about him helping Mister Sinister. Keep counting down the days until May 1st, when X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie so you can check out this sly and smooth Cajun in action. Be sure to check out the profiles of the other mutants in the film: Agent Zero Beak Blob Cyclops Deadpool Sabretooth Silver Fox White Queen William Stryker Wolverine