With the Gambit movie premiering next year, I thought it was a good time to deal with some of the hatred for the X-Men's resident card thrower. Granted, he's not as beaten down as Aquaman, but there is still some animosity towards Gambit. Why is he disliked? Most of the issues people have with him come from the fact that he's very '90's (Uncanny X-Men #266 from August, 1990 was his first comic appearance.) Let's just say that comics weren't the best back then...Then there's the whole "card and stick" routine. It's assumed that all Remy can do is throw playing cards and beat people with a large stick. Allow me to show you why the Ragin' Cajun is one of the coolest X-Men around, may I?
Time for a quick science lesson! Every single object in the universe is filled with potential energy. That's the theoretical power inside every atom. Kinetic energy (in contrast) is the energy of motion. Gambit's mutant power is the ability to "charge" objects and turn potential energy into kinetic. All it takes is his touch and something as small as a playing card has the power of a hand grenade. He can also speed up an object already in motion. A good example of this is his bo staff. When powered, the staff has the power to level a house. There is virtually no limit to his kinetic charge, and this grants him some telekinetic power. And though it has never been used to kill a person, Gambit has charged human beings in order to get what he wanted. Remy doesn't reserve his charge to just his staff or his cards. In the X-Force comic arc, he charged bullets which essentially created a tank rocket in a hand-gun.
Because of his mutant powers, Gambit has increased agility and speed. He couples his physical superiority with his bo staff and Savate (French kickboxing) to create one of the best hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel universe. Nick Fury has even admitted that Remy is one of the best fighters ever to be seen by his one eye. He is an expert marksman and is skilled with the sword. Another one of the Cajun's skills is thievery. Before he joined the X-Men, Gambits forte was breaking into places and stealing stuff. He's a master of espionage thanks to those days, and has often used those skills to assist the X-Men.
This is powerful stuff, right? You have no idea. At one point, Gambit was literally Death. He served as a Horseman for Apocalypse and was given power to turn air into poisonous gas, and was resistant to all physic power. His cards could be charged with a "death charge" which would disintegrate whatever they touched. Perhaps his greatest power as Death was corruption. He could completely take over the minds of others, turning them into his slaves. Did I mention that he had the ability to change between Gambit and Death? He was able to use this against Apocalypse and act as a double agent.
Something that people don't like about Gambit is his personality, but I think that his charm is one of the Cajun's strongest attributes. He is suave, laid back, and gentlemanly. Gambit's created a sort of 'bad boy' reputation for himself, but he does have a strong moral compass. He's also got a rather tragic history and though he is very jovial, he hides a great deal of hurt. Remy's honestly a little bit like Han Solo from the Star Wars franchise. He's got a heart of gold, even if he is a complete rogue.
Thanks to his Cajun roots (He's from Louisiana, but is of French descent) his accent is one of the coolest to ever be read in a comic book. Gambit is the 'cool kid' of the X-Men, and where he goes, a party...and trouble is not far behind.
Then there's that whole hypnosis thing (one of the perks of being a hot Cajun with explosive powers). Though it doesn't work on more powerful minds, or those who know his wily ways, Gambit's voice holds as much power as his hands. He can coerce most people into doing what he wants simply with the power of persuasion. I told you his voice was awesome.
Gambit is one of the all-time coolest X-Men there is. His power is nearly unlimited, he can beat just about anyone he goes up against (including Daredevil, Captain America, and some of the best fighters in Marveldom), and he's got the coolest accent in comic books! I know that some people don't care for him because of his roguish attitude, or his '90's persona, or the fact that Channing Tatum will be playing him...but you have to admit that the character really can do some impressive things. Do you agree with me? Do you still think that the Ragin' Cajun is lame? Let me know what you think in the comments section!