Josh Brolin is about to have a very big 2018. The dude -- who we've already adored thanks to his brilliant performances in movies like No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Sicario and Milk -- is preparing to tackle two major comic-book roles that will have him trading punches with massive superheroes, first as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, then later as Cable in Deadpool 2. Safe to say, next summer officially will be the Summer of Josh.

This first picture of Josh Brolin as Cable doesn't say "summer," though. It ways "pain." It says "hurt." And it says a few little secret things as it reveals the initial look as Brolin's interpretation of the classic comic character. In the Marvel books, Cable is the son of Cyclops and the clone of Jean Grey, a being named Madelyne Pryor. Yeah, it's complicated. Also, Cable is brought from his time period to a distant future as a child, so that a cure for his deadly techno-organic virus could be found. As we dissect this picture of Brolin's Cable ahead of the movie's June 1 release, let's start with the virus, which Deadpool 2 director David Leitch appears to be keeping on board.

The Techno Virus

Look closely at Josh Brolin's neck in the image and you can see the result of the techno-organic virus that plagues Cable's body and turns his left side into a cybernetic material. The metal fitting on Brolin's neck extend down to his left arm, which is 100% robotic. Cable's basically half of a cyborg. But this enhancement helps give him the super-human strength that assists him in battle. You can bet he's going to pummel the indestructible Deadpool with that arm in next summer's Deadpool 2.

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