Over on the Superhero Hype message boards, a tipster dropped the news that Taylor Kitsch, one of the stars of the Friday Night Lights television series, has been signed to a three-picture deal playing Gambit. His first appearance? Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

That’s all the news, such as it is; Gambit is likely one of a handful of muties that will be making small appearances in the film. I like the ongoing attempt to broaden the Marvel Universe in cinemas by having characters dip into films, but did it have to be Gambit? Video game appearances aside (where his staff makes him a fun playable character) Gambit has been little more than an irritant since Claremont and Lee created him in 1990. On film I fear his his card-throwing Rogue-loving persona will grate worse than Storm’s dialogue in the first movie.