Cable is a well-known and beloved Marvel character, having been the frenemy of fan-favourite Deadpool for many years in comic world. Although we should perhaps know by now to take the word of the Merc with a mouth with a grain of salt, his claim in the after-credits sequence of Deadpool that Cable would be appearing in the sequel seems to be true after all, according to a recent interview with the screenwriters of Deadpool 2.
Adapting the story of Cable to film will be no small feat, especially since it will essentially be a continuation of Deadpool’s story rather than an origin story for the pseudo-villain.
Steve Weintraub of Collider recently interviewed writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese about the challenge of writing and casting Cable:
Wernick: “There’s been so many diverse people that have been brought up as possibilities for Cable, and who have not been brought up but we’re considering. And that, much like with Ryan [Reynolds], that decision will greatly impact his cadences, his rhythms. And we’ll certainly make him like he is in the comics, and we’ll certainly be faithful, but I do think that voice will inform us quite a bit.
Reese: “I think authenticity is so important. I think part of what made Deadpool such a success, I think we’re going to continue that authenticity.”
Wernick: “So with Cable, he’s got such a convoluted past, and such a convoluted origin story that I think we’re going to try to leave that, not mysterious, but there are a lot of twists and turns, cloning and all this stuff where you go, ‘Oh my God. How do we get that across in a two hour movie?’ I think we’re going to distil him down to his essence. It will be authentic and faithful, but it’s not going to include the 18,000 details. If you were going to read a Wikipedia page about Cable you’d roll your eyes.”
Its seems like casual and devoted fans of the Deadpool and X-Men mythology alike are going to get a Cable that lives up to the hype, even if he has simpler roots.