We’re going to go out on a limb here and assume that you, along with everyone else in the mood for toilet humor and superhero spandex, probably saw Deadpool this weekend. The R-rated superhero flick racked in a cool $150 million for the entire four-day Presidents Day weekend ($135 million for just the three-day weekend), with an additional $132 million from overseas. As the Merc With a Mouth himself would say, that’s pretty fucking impressive.
Hopefully, you managed to sit still until the film’s post-credits scene — at this point, post-credits sequences are as crucial to the superhero franchise as explosions and firm butts — because the the fourth-wall breaking sequence officially announced that Deadpool’s Marvel comic book adversary Cable is coming along for the ride in Deadpool 2. Chimichangas for everyone!
Now, in case you have no idea who this Cable guy is, don’t worry. MTV News is here to give you a primer on Marvel’s fave telekinetic mercenary cyborg.
Who is Cable?Marvel Comics
Grab some popcorn because this is going to get complicated. Cable is the gun-toting, psionic son of Cyclops and Madelyn Pryor, Jean Grey’s clone. Although born in the present, he was sent to the future and raised as a superpowered warrior whose sole purpose was to return to the past and prevent the apocalyptic future he was raised in from ever happening. (And yes, said apocalyptic future was created by Apocalypse, the immortal mutant who will make his nefarious debut in X-Men: Apocalypse later this year.) There’s a lot of time-jumping; just roll with it. Ultimately, Cable’s stiff moral compass, and his fearsome abilities, make him the perfect foil for Deadpool’s tricks.
Like his father before him, Cable is a natural-born leader who has dedicated his life to protecting mankind. In fact, he was first introduced leading a team of Professor Xavier’s students, a team called The New Mutants. Perhaps not-so-coincidently, director Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars) is currently working on bringing The New Mutants to the big screen.
New Mutants follows exactly what the title implies: a class of younger, superpowered mutants enrolled at Xavier’s School — kinda like Negasonic Teenage Warhead. There’s been a bunch of different takes on the idea, but the original gist was that these new mutants went through all the typical high school angst… but with powers.
How does he meet Deadpool?Marvel Comics
Cable and Deadpool first crossed paths in New Mutants #98, when the Merc With a Mouth was hired to kill him. Needless to say, the hit did not go as planned. Thus ignited the spark, albeit reluctantly, that started it all. Cable wants to protect mankind, while Deadpool just wants to blow stuff up, relax, and eat chimichangas. Do you see the comedic potential here? Marvel sure did.
Cable and Deadpool were ultimately paired together in the comics as unwilling compadres. The duo were so good together, Marvel even issued their own team-up series, which lasted for 50 issues.
Now, you’re probably thinking that Cable and Deadpool’s relationship sounds a lot like the one established in the movie between Deadpool and Colossus. It’s somewhat similar, yes, but Cable is a more complete character. He’s a much better foil for Deadpool. Cable is a bit of an anti-hero, whereas Colossus is just an earnest, good-natured big brother-type.
Why is Cable important?Marvel Comics
Simply put, by introducing Cable in the Deadpool sequel, 20th Century Fox is ultimately laying the groundwork for an X-Force franchise. Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has already confirmed that getting X-Force made is his #1 priority (hopefully, after the health and happiness of his 13-month-old daughter James, but you never know).
The X-Force is a strike team that evolved from New Mutants. Led by Cable, the group sought to take a more proactive approach with mutant threats, often putting them at odds with Professor Xavier’s peaceful method. If you’re thinking Wolverine would be perfect for the X-Force, then you would be correct. Wolverine, Psylocke (entering this film universe in X-Men: Apocalypse), and even Deadpool have all been X-Force members.
The box office success of Deadpool will undoubtedly help the proposed X-Force movie out of development hell, where it’s been for more than two years. Back in 2013, it was announced that Kick-Ass’s Jeff Wadlow was penning a script, after which concept art was posted online featuring a character line-up that included Cable. However, Fox has yet to officially green light the film.
But, let’s be real: It’s definitely happening. This guy will make sure of it.