This article contains major spoilers for “Uncanny Avengers” #5, which is on sale today.
Ever since it was originally solicited way back in October, X-Men fans have eagerly awaited “Uncanny Avengers” #5 and the reunion depicted on the issue’s cover. The cover shows powerhouse couple Rogue and Gambit reunited and interacting in a much friendlier manner than fans have seen over the past few years. The couple, whose tumultuous romance played a large part in the X-Men franchise in the ’90s, have been more off-again than on-again in the last decade.
Spoilers ahead for “UA” #5, written by Gerry Duggan with art from Carlos Pacheco, which starts with the Avengers Unity Squad hunting down information on the Red Skull’s whereabouts since the Captain America villain now possesses Professor X’s telepathic brain, making him an even greater threat. The team learns that the Skull has a safe in a bank in Bagalia and they make their way there immediately.
While breaking into the Red Skull’s elaborate section of the bank, Rogue and the Human Torch run into an old familiar face — Gambit.
Gambit acknowledges his “split” with Rogue, but any real talk is interrupted by the Red Skull’s defenses, which consists of a group of animated suits of armor. The trio fends off the attack and finishes breaking into the safe, only to find it empty.
With the mission a bust and the threat over, Rogue makes a reconciliatory move towards Gambit — who halts it, saying he doesn’t want to catch the Terrigen Mist poisoning currently afflicting Rogue. Her feelings bruised, Rogue puts her hood back up and moves on, leaving Gambit alone with the empty room. When the Avengers have departed and he’s in the clear, Gambit reveals that…
…he’s actually the Red Skull, using a telepathic projection to fool the Avengers and throw them off his trail. His projection also masked the contents of the safe, hiding all the gold and the mysterious black box that the Red Skull had ventured in to retrieve. While “Uncanny Avengers” #5 did not feature a real reunion between Gambit and Rogue, Rogue still believes it did — and it didn’t exactly end on good terms.
You can ask writer Gerry Duggan about this issue — and everything else “Uncanny Avengers” — via X-POSITION, which is currently taking questions.