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It's no secret that comic book movies are dominating the box office nowadays. And with three shared universes currently vying for supremacy, we can expect a new superhero movie to arrive in theaters every few months for the foreseeable future. While critics fear that superhero fatigue will make the genre saturated and predictable, the Deadpool franchise has proven itself a game changer. The sequel will expand the universe by introducing mutants Domino and Cable into the narrative, the latter being played by Josh Brolin. And now Cable and Deadpool's creator Rob Liefeld has gotten the chance to meet the live-action Cable in the flesh, check out the photo.
Now this must have been an exciting moment for Rob Liefeld. Decades after creating the time traveling mutant for the X-Men comics, he was finally able to see a live-action version of the character in the flesh. Of course, it's unclear how Liefeld managed to have a conversation with Josh Brolin without staring at Cable's signature glowing eye. That would be distracting for me, at least.
While not directly involved in the Deadpool franchise, Rob Liefeld has been a vocal supporter of both blockbusters. And it does seem like Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the Deadpool crew value the prolific comic book writer's opinions on his characters. For instance, he recommended that the first film did not include Cable, as Deadpool's fourth breaking antics were already enough for casual audiences to wrap their minds around. But he's thrilled that Cable will be headed to the silver screen in Deadpool 2, and seems to think very highly of Josh Brolin's performance as the character.
It should be interesting to see exactly how Cable is introduced into the highly anticipated sequel, and how much of his convoluted backstory will be revealed. Cable has a pretty complicated backstory in the comics, as he's the child of Cyclops and Jean Grey's clone (yes, clone). He's eventually set back in time well into his adulthood, helping to stop his reality from happening. Considering where the main X-Men films' timeline currently is, Deadpool 2 is going to have to do a fair bit of "yadda yadda"-ing in order to quickly bring the character into the film's story. Luckily, Deadpool can break the fourth wall and give a mixture of exposition and self-deprecating jokes to address the awkwardness.
The X-Men franchise seems to be willing to take some serious risks, and therefore stand out amongst both the DCEU and MCU. Following Deadpool's success, James Mangold crafted an intimate and timeline defying R-rated final go for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in Logan. And while the main story will continue with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Josh Boone's The New Mutants will continue expanding the universe, while also being the superhero genre's first horror movie.
Deadpool 2 will arrive in theaters on June 1, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.