Cable and Deadpool have been inextricably linked in Marvel’s comic book world ever since some half-crazed editor decided to combine the two characters into one comic, despite the fact they had nothing in common. The idea was, it turned out, genius, as the dour, relentless Cable became the straight man Deadpool needed to bounce off of. After Colossus performed a kind of Cable-ish role in the first Deadpool movie an end-credit tease promised that Cable himself was on the way for Deadpool 2.
Director Tim Miller and Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been telling IGN how the team-up will work on the big screen.
“There’s a lot about Cable’s history that I like because he’s so intertwined with the world of the X-Men” says Miller. “Why he was put together with Deadpool – other than that he was in a comic that wasn’t selling well and Deadpool was in a comic that wasn’t selling well so they put them together – it’s the same reason we had Colossus; he’s a straight man. And I think Deadpool needs a straight man. Cable is the ultimate, archetypal, silent, strong and cynical warrior, which Deadpool is not.”
Reese adds that Cable brings, “Strength, gravitas and a purposefulness that Deadpool doesn’t have. Deadpool’s kind of got ADD, and we think of Cable as someone who locks onto something and is going to get that thing solved no matter what.”
Wernick also insists that their version of Cable will be, “Physically imposing.” But will he have a beard?
Cable is Nathan Summers, son of Cylops and Jean Grey’s clone, from the future. He has telekinetic, telepathic and technopathic powers but generally these are less character defining than his bionic arm and his kick-ass warrior-from-the-futrure skills.