As the Marvel universe continues to expand at a rapid pace, it seems like a new Hollywood star is cast as a superhero every day. In fact, it’s almost rarer to find an A-list star who is not developing a comic book movie. Channing Tatum occupies that rarified air, and the “Magic Mike” star does not expect that to change anytime soon. In fact, he does not even watch Marvel movies. In an interview with Variety, Tatum says he is still not over the collapse of his planned X-Men spinoff “Gambit,” and the unmade project has soured him on all things Marvel.
After Taylor Kitsch briefly appeared as Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Channing Tatum signed on to star in a movie based on the card-throwing Cajun superhero in 2014. The film was in development for five years, with Tatum frequently voicing his enthusiasm for the character and project. However, the film never materialized and Disney officially canceled the project after purchasing 20th Century Fox.
Tatum says that the main holdup was his desire to direct the film himself with producing partner Reid Carolin. The two wrote the script together, but the film was frequently delayed out of Fox’s desire to find a more experienced director.