X-Men Fan Art Transforms Elvis Star Austin Butler Into the MCU’s Gambit

Given the critical acclaim for his impressive performance in Elvis, it’s probably just a matter of time before Austin Butler makes his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the same time, Marvel fans have been wondering who might be brought in to play new incarnations of the X-Men when the mutant superhero group finally debuts in the MCU. This timing may line up just right for Butler to play an X-Men character.

For digital artist Subi Özil (subi.ozil on Instagram), Butler would make a perfect Gambit. The artist crafted some artwork imagining the Elvis star in the role. There are others in the comments section quickly getting on board with the idea of the fantasy casting after seeing how it might appear, courtesy of the fan art which you can take a look at below.


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“Dude he’s my favorite X-men,” one comment states in response to the artwork. “My [dog’s name is] Gambit. I’m down for Austin playing Gambit. Get this to Kevin Feige immediately.”

Another response reads, “This might be one of the best fan casting’s i have ever seen…”

Before his breakthrough role in Elvis, Butler had appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as well as movies like Aliens in the Attic, Yoga Hosers, and The Dead Don’t Die. He has since picked up another big role with his casting in the anticipated sequel Dune: Part Two and will also star in the upcoming movie The Bikeriders. Butler is also attached to an upcoming war drama series dubbed Masters of the Air. There will be plenty of places to see the actor whether or not he ends up in the MCU.

Who Will Play Gambit in the MCU?

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Became Gambit is one of the more popular X-Men characters, it’s a safe bet that he will be included once the mutants arrive in the MCU. Until then, fans will likely continue to speculate which actors could be best to play Gambit. For years, Channing Tatum had been trying to get a movie off the ground where he’d play the superhero, but it never came to fruition. Over actors have lobbied for the part, such as Shazam! star Zachary Levi.

Time will just have to tell who gets the role, as it’s still unclear when the X-Men are even expected to arrive in the MCU. There is not an official X-Men movie that’s on the schedule at Marvel Studios, though the characters could still appear in other MCU films. The multiverse has also allowed for actors from the previous X-Men movie series to appear, such as Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but a separate X-Men film rebooting all of the characters seems inevitable.