Rogue and Gambit are two of the most passionate X-Men to ever come together as romantic partners. Their intense feelings for each other have meant their relationship has had its fair share of ups and downs, keeping them apart for a number of years. But in the recent Rogue and Gambit miniseries, by writer Kelly Thompson and artist Pere Perez, the duo were thrust into a situation where they were forced to listen to their hearts.
What they heard brought them back together and even made Gambit consider taking their relationship to the next level. In X-Men: Gold#30 he did just that by proposing to Rogue. The duo wed that very day.
Now that the fever of their wedding is over, where do Rogue and Gambit go next? Thompson and artist Oscar Bazaldua will answer that very question this month when they kick off Mr. & Mrs. X with an arc that sends their wedded protagonists on an intergalactic honeymoon in the Shi’Ar Empire. CBR spoke with Thompson about writing the next stage of Rogue and Gambit’s relationship, the cosmic characters they’ll encounter in the series’ first arc, and the joy of writing Deadpool, who plays a guest starring role in issue #2
CBR: The big news is that Gambit and Rogue got married in X-Men Gold #30 and are the title characters of Mr. and Mrs. X. Getting married changes a dynamic between two people in that it makes some things more intense, makes others seem like not such a big deal, and it leads to a whole new set of challenges for those two people to face as individuals and a couple. What's it like for you to write a married Rogue and Gambit? Which aspects of their relationship are you initially interested in examining in this series?
Kelly Thompson: It’s a total dream come true to chart Rogue and Gambit’s new adventures as a married couple. Certainly a challenge of the book is to set them loose inside this new dynamic – what does it bring out in them that’s good and what’s bad – and how do they react to both those things.
They obviously got married in a flash of spontaneity, maybe not fully thinking about what it means. In the first arc, they’re going to be under so much pressure – and literally on the run – that they’re not going to have much time to think about that reality – but they will eventually have to confront it.