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A Fan-Favorite X-Man Might Have Died — And Not Even Krakoa’s Resurrection Can Bring Him Back

The X-Men may have suffered a seriously brutal loss to their team currently trapped in Otherworld — and it could be a gamechanger back on Krakoa.

The following contains spoilers for Knights of X #3, now on sale from Marvel Comics

The X-Men have largely conquered death, to the point where they aren’t really exaggerating when they describe themselves immortal. But there are still some ways for the mutants to lose themselves permanently, and now a fan-favorite mutant hero might be doomed to suffer that fate.

Gambit seems to become the first casualty of the mutants’ battle against Merlyn in Knights of X #3 (by Tini Howard, Bob Quinn, Erick Arciniega, and VC’s Ariana Maher) and considering the circumstances of death in Otherworld, he might not be easily restored.

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One of the best advantages the X-Men have had in the modern era has been almost complete control of resurrection. Thanks to the Five and Cerebro, the mutants of Krakoa have developed a way to restore anyone who’s died with a perfect duplicate of their memories and personality. It’s been a boon for a people who’ve already had plenty of experience with death and rebirth. So far, the greatest complication introduced has been the fact that deaths in Otherworld. Due to the multiversal magical nature of the realm the resurrection process is complicated.

Instead, (as the X-Men discovered when Rockslide died in Otherworld during X of Swords), the mutant is restored not with their old mind but an amalgamation of their multiversal selves, now considered a seriously dark fate for mutants. Unfortunately, it also seems to have been the grim end for Gambit. Part of Captain Britain’s team who made the excursion into Otherworld, Gambit has quickly settled into a role as a hero for the “witch-breed” population of the Crooked Market. This means when he sees some of the Fury’s associated with the villainous Merlyn on the warpath, he leads the charge against them.

He doesn’t even let up when Merlyn himself arrives and fires a deadly spell at Gambit. In response, Gambit supercharges the magical Tarot deck he stole from Saturyne, and unleashed a massive explosion. While it’s not clear exactly what happened, it does appear that Gambit is seriously injured in the attack — if not killed, given the massive pool of blood that pools around the fallen cajun.

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Gambit dying in such a way would be a massive turn, especially considering he may have died in the one place where that really matters in the current Marvel Universe. Gambit’s been a popular character since his introduction, especially as he became one of the franchise’s marquee characters during the 1990s. Bringing the character to the big screen in his own solo film has even a longstanding dream project for Channing Tatum. Killing Gambit would be a huge twist given his popularity, although “going down fighting the nigh-all powerful mystical overlord of Otherworld” is at least an impressive enough way to go.

This is a big blow to the cast of Knights of X, who have been cut off from reinforcements and can’t afford to lose anyone in the fight, especially if Rictor’s predictions that someone will need to sacrifice themselves to claim the Siege Perilous. None of that compares to Rogue’s rage if her husband is indeed gone forever. Rogue will likely be devastated if the Gambit she knows and loves is lost in the mission to Otherworld.

If anything, it’ll at least be a happy development for Destiny and Mystique, given their longstanding disappointment that their adopted daughter married him. This could mean rogue will be wrapped up into her mother’s plans for the future of Krakoa. Gambit’s death, if that is indeed what happened, could be a serious game changer for the X-Men.

Brandon Zachary is an Associate Writer with Comic Book Resources and has written for CBR since 2018. He covers breakouts on comics, film, television, video games, and anime. He also conducts industry interviews, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified film critic, and knows SO MUCH about the X-Men. For requests, comments, or to hear his pitch for a third Avatar series that incorporates robots, you can contact him through bs.zachary@gmail.com.

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