Over the past few weeks 2017's "Logan" film has ramped up excitement by posting an number of black and white photos from the film's set. We've seen plenty of pictures of Logan himself, his sidekick Laura (a.k.a. X-23) and even Stephen Merchant's Caliban. Other pics, like these of the road and another of a cryptic question, set the film's mood.
And then there's the latest "Logan" pic that's been posted to the film's Instagram page: it shows a close up of a mystery man's back as he clutches a pipe in both hands.
No, this is probably not Gambit. There's a lot of speculation in the comments about this being Gambit, but just because Gambit fights with a quarterstaff doesn't mean he has a monopoly on stick-shaped weaponry. For one thing, this isn't a quarterstaff -- it looks like a pipe. Considering how many photos from "Logan" are of desolate locations in various stages of construction/deconstruction, it would make total sense for someone to use a cylindrical piece of metal as a weapon.
The real question is which member of the "Logan" cast would wear such a noticeable and gaudy ring? Certainly not Logan himself. You know, that does sound a bit more like Gambit -- but still no, this picture is most likely not of Gambit. This could be any number of tough guy that Logan tussles with, as seen in the film's trailer.
None of this means Gambit isn't in the film; he's not been confirmed or even hinted at (beyond this picture of a person holding what looks like a pipe), and Channing Tatum's solo film is in jeopardy following the departure of its second director Doug Liman. And Gambit does have a history with Wolverine. The two were teammates on the X-Men's blue team, they co-starred in a limited series together involving Jack the Ripper, and they share Sabretooth as an archenemy. Gambit, played by Taylor Kitsch, even debuted on the big screen in 2009's "x-Men Origins: Wolverine." So could Gambit appear in "Logan"? Maybe? But let's all hold celebrating until there's a bit more to go on than the above pic.
Directed by James Mangold, written by Michael Green, Scott Frank, James Mangold and David James Kelly, and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant, “Logan” arrives in theaters on March 3, 2017.