Why Cable's Introduction In Deadpool 2 Is Super Important

Josh Brolin's Cable in a promo image

Between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, and X-Men franchise, there's no shortage of comic book movies being produced. And while the first two are in a never ending battle for supremacy, 20th Century Fox is making some bold choices with the future of the X-Men. And while both Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants are highly anticipated, perhaps the most talked about upcoming film from the mutant world is Deadpool 2. The merc with a mouth is returning for another fourth wall breaking adventure, and will introduce X-Men Domino and Cable into the franchise for the first time. The latter will be played by Josh Brolin, and the actor recently spoke to why nailing his first live-action appearance is so important.

I think we're not trying to hide the fact that this is the beginning of Cable and absolutely not the end. I think when you're sensitive about how you reveal this character there's a sense of mystery in it, so then when we finally get into X-Force, you're going to be with this guy full blown all the time. There's a lot to be revealed. There's a lot to be revealed, but there's three more movies to reveal more.

It looks like Josh Brolin is feeling the pressure to really nail Cable's first go in the X-Men franchise. Since the character is set to return quite a few times after Deadpool 2, there is little time to truly engage the audience and get them invested in the time traveling mutant's plot line. And Josh Brolin's comments to Collider seem to highlight the studio's focus on the character.

Getting casual fans into Cable is a challenge, mostly because of the character's convoluted background from the comics. Cable is actually the son of Cyclops and Jean Grey's clone Madelyne Pryor. An futuristic psychic with a variety of weapons in his arsenal, Cable also has a techno-organic infection that has resulted in some of his body parts having Cybernetic enhancements-- like his glowing eye and robotic arm.

It's currently unclear how much information Deadpool 2 is going to give regarding Cable's backstory, before introducing the fan favorite character to live-action for the first time. Luckily, the writers have some help in the title character's pension for breaking the wall and addressing the audience. He can give any necessary exposition, while also likely making some sort of self-aware joke about how bizarre Cable's backstory is.

One thing is clear, Cable is seemingly here to stay. Because Fox is also developing an X-Force film, which will bring Cable into the narrative, in addition to Deadpool's third installment. Cable also has history with The New Mutants in the comics, so if Josh Boone's upcoming horror film does well, then a crossover to that franchise seems plausible as well.

Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters on June 1st, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your other trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.