Even the most successful films aren’t usually guaranteed to get a sequel, but with Deadpool, the idea of a second installment was more or less validated the minute the smashing box office reports came in. Deadpool 2 was even teased in the post-credits scene of the Merc with a Mouth’s first standalone movie, going as far as to announce a new character.
“Oh! I can tell you one thing, and it’s a bit of a secret. The sequel? We’re gonna have Cable. Amazing character. Bionic arm, time travel! We have no idea who we’re going to cast yet, but it could be anyone. Just need a big guy with a flat top. Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Keira Knightley? She’s got range — who knows? Big secret, shhh.”
Granted, this is the fourth wall-breaking antihero, so he might just have been messing with us. But now rumors have been swirling about who could be cast as Cable, and although , there are quite a few credible contenders for the role.
Kyle Chandler Rumored To Be The Frontrunner For Cable
During an episode of , Mashable’s Jeff Sneider teased two major roles for Deadpool 2, and the potential actors to fill their shoes: Mackenzie Davis as Domino, and Kyle Chandler as Cable. You’ll probably know Chandler for his work in the TV shows Friday Night Lights and Bloodline, but he also featured in stellar movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Zero Dark Thirty. His size and calm demeanor make him an appropriate choice for the character, but will these attributes be enough to beat fan favorite actor Stephen Lang?
Shakespeare:”CABLEs of perdurable toughness”. Slang: Just staying fit. Training another story. Let’s go!
— Stephen Lang (@IAmStephenLang)
If you remember Lang as the brutal Col. Miles Quaritch in Avatar, you can easily picture why he’d fit the role of Cable. He’s even been teasing fans himself via Twitter.
Who Is Cable?
Whoever it is Fox decides to cast, though, we still have to know who is Cable, and which comic book story arcs can we expect to see in Deadpool 2. Cable’s origin story alone is a bit of a time-traveling mess, but that’s nothing compared to his adventures in the popular Cable & Deadpool series.
First and foremost, Cable’s full name is Nathan Christopher Charles Summers. He’s the son of Cyclops, a.k.a. Scott Summers, and a clone of Jean Grey called Madelyne Pryor. The slight twist is that he was sent into the future as an infant, where he grew up, learning of all the possible threats that awaited those alive at the time of his birth. He then came back to present day as an adult — sparing his parents the whole teenage crisis trouble — but has been traveling back and forth quite a bit.
Later, it turned out that Cable was actually created by Mister Sinister as a means to prevent the rise to power of Apocalypse. You know, the blueish villain played by Oscar Isaac in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. This purpose is also what makes most of Cable’s personality: Despite a few violent outings, he’s a peacemaker at heart. He’s seen the potential destruction happening in the future, and he’d go as far as sacrificing himself to make the world a better place. In the Issues 7 to 10 of Cable & Deadpool, titled “The Passion of the Cable” and later renamed “The Burnt Offering,” he turns most of the world’s powers against him just so they learn to collaborate.
Cable And Deadpool Together Are A Goldmine Of Crazy Adventures
Beyond the slightly corny missions to save the world though, Cable & Deadpool contains a boatload of insane events that only comic books can imagine. The series, which ran from 2004 to 2008, started with the threat of a virus that would turn people blue; which doesn’t seem like so much of a threat when you consider that Deadpool’s girlfriend herself dons a pretty blue color in the comics (unlike in the movie, she’s a mutant called Copycat), but the Merc with a Mouth nonetheless goes on a mission to stop the virus. However, things go awry when both he and Cable catch it. Their antidote is certainly not one you’ll find at a doctor’s office: Cable and Deadpool merge and separate again, mixing their DNA, and Cable twists the effects of the virus from blue to pink.
As for the best part we could see in the movie, it’s got to be the time Deadpool encountered baby Cable in the alternate House of M reality — it’s the one created by Scarlet Witch during a mental breakdown, so you’d expect such crazy things to happen. In a story arc where Deadpool, Siryn and Cannonball travel through several dimensions to find Cable, they see him as a Horseman of Apocalypse before finding him as a baby and bringing him back once the House of M reality disappears and Cable starts to age.
If the perspective of Deadpool changing the diapers of a baby he first met as an old and bulky man doesn’t get you excited for Deadpool 2, then I don’t know what will.
Which comic book story arcs are you hoping to see in Deadpool 2?