In Deadpool’s post-credits scene, the Merc with a Mouth broke the fourth wall once again to reveal that the film’s sequel will feature Cable, one of Deadpool’s most famous allies and adversaries.

Though this probably meant little to most viewers, comic book fans may have been surprised our favourite time-travelling cyborg didn’t make an appearance sooner. According to the character’s creator, there is a very good reason for holding Cable back until the sequel.

For the uninitiated, Cable is the time-travelling son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone Madelyne Pryor, born in the present, but raised in the future to travel back in time and save the world from a dark and dangerous future. Cable meets Deadpool when the Merc is hired to kill the cyborg and the duo have had a complicated relationship since. The pair even had their own comic book series, Deadpool and Cable, which ran for 50 issues.

 

Deadpool and Cable

 

Though the two have proven a successful comedic duo, Rob Liefeld, creator of the two characters, wanted to make sure Cable didn’t appear in the Deadpool movie released earlier this year.

Talking to Cinemablend, Liefeld said:

“I absolutely recommended that they not include Cable in the origin story of Deadpool because it wasn’t necessary. That was on the table of things that were being considered, and I felt like, ‘No, no, no.’ Deadpool is a good enough character. He can carry his own movie and doesn’t need Cable. Similarly, it’s a mistake I believe that Batman v Superman made. They tried to do too many things at once and tell too many stories.”

While unable to comment on Cable’s potential appearance in the sequel, he seemed to think that introducing new characters later on, in what he called the “Marvel strategy,” seems to be the right move.

“Where Deadpool came out, [it] gave you this story, and I think they are somewhat following what I’m referencing as the Marvel strategy….Iron Man 2 gave us Black Widow, and started building. And Cap 2 gave us Black Widow, Falcon, and Winter Soldier, you know? I believe that the fact that we’ve got the opportunity to build now on what Deadpool… OK, this is corny, they can build on the cable they laid with Deadpool, in the first movie, you know? Those are strong tracks, and so now they continue to build out on that.”

Although Deadpool 2 is still in the early stages of development, fans have already begun to speculate about who might be cast as the gun-wielding, telekinetic cyborg. Who do you think should play Cable? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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