Warning: This article contains spoilers for Deadpool 2.
20th Century Fox could definitely afford more X-Men and other additional mutants and characters in Deadpool 2. However, as is often the case with movies containing a multitude of characters, some receive more screentime than others. Such was the case with the inclusion of Black Tom Cassidy in Deadpool 2, as writer Rhett Reese revealed.
In the film, Black Tom Cassidy, played by Jack Kesy, appears as one of the characters first seen in the film when Wade and Fire Fist are imprisoned. Originally, Black Tom was meant to play a much meatier role, but Reese told CBR that Black Tom’s screentime was cut down to focus on another X-Men character:
“We thought we were overstuffing the movie a little bit with too many antagonists, too many villains. And also budgetarily, it was very, very expensive, because his powers are to move organic material around — the entire orphanage, and the trees, everything was flying around, and the hailstorms of wood — it was really cool, but it was also really, really expensive, and we just thought, we prefer to throw that money to the CG of Juggernaut as opposed to Black Tom.”
In the end, Black Tom’s role was reduced and he was ultimately killed off by Cable. There are, of course, ways around that, as one of the film’s end credits scenes shows Wade going back in time to undo some of the film’s deaths, among them Peter and Vanessa, so it’s entirely possible that Black Tom could somehow return. For the time being, though, there is no more Black Tom Cassidy to be the butt of Deadpool’s jokes.
What did you think of Black Tom Cassidy in Deadpool 2? Were you okay with or disappointed by his screen time? And would you like to see him potentially return in a future X-Men film? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapcic as Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlysle, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and Karan Soni as Dopinder. Julian Dennison, Jack Kesy and Shioli Kutsuna are also on board in undisclosed roles.
5 Essential Cable Stories To Read Before His Debut In ‘Deadpool 2’
Now that it’s official Josh Brolin will be suiting up as Cable in Deadpool 2, it’s time for everyone to get a crash course on the character so they can say “that’s not how it happened in the comic” when they see the movie with their friends.
Nathan Summers, the future son of Cyclops and Jean Grey, first debuted in 1986, but he didn’t make his full debut as Cable until 1990. Rob Liefeld designed him to be a leader more prone to take action than Xavier and that character trait has persisted throughout his long history. Cable has fought alongside the X-Men in the past as well as fought for mutants survival against the government in a dark future.
Cable is the straight-man to Deadpool’s goofball and I can’t wait to see the two of them come together next year in Deadpool 2. Hopefully Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin have the chemistry to bring this legendary bro-mance to the bigscreen, otherwise Fox will be hearing from a lot of angry fans.
Hit Next to find out more about Cable before his debut in Deadpool 2!