Back in the mid to late '90s, if someone mentioned "the Cable guy," most minds would've turned to Jim Carrey's psychotic, face-gurning performance in The Cable Guy (1996), a dark comedy directed by Ben Stiller. Fast forward to 2017, and anyone mentioning "the Cable guy" is probably about to ask who he is, or when Marvel's antihero will be cast in Deadpool 2, or why Jim Carrey isn't funny anymore. Times change.
For a character who is yet to make his onscreen debut, Cable — who was first introduced in Uncanny X-Men #201 in 1986 — has been causing quite a stir ever since he was confirmed for the Deadpool sequel by Wade Wilson himself. The furore around the time-travelling cyborg looks set to only increase, too, with news that the character is here to stay.
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Cable And Deadpool Confirmed For 'X-Force'
Screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, who has been a creative force in Fox's #XMen franchise from the beginning, has confirmed that Cable will definitely be appearing in the antihero ensemble, X-Force. Talking of #Fox's upcoming movies to Deadline, Kinberg said:
"The great thing working with a property that has been around for decades is that there’s thousands and thousands of rich, compelling stories and characters than we’ll ever have time to tell on screen.
"We are working hard on New Mutants, Gambit with Channing Tatum, Deadpool 2 and the new X Force movie where Deadpool is alongside Cable and other main characters."
It's not a huge surprise, of course; an R-rated #XForce live-action arrival has been imminent since #Deadpool made his record breaking debut, and #Cable is at the forefront of the group. In January, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick confirmed the inevitable, followed by news in February that Joe Carnahan will direct and co-write the script alongside Ryan Reynolds.
Crucially, it appears that Deadpool's huge financial success may have expedited the production of an X-Force movie. Although Kinberg mentions both New Mutants and Gambit, those are still behind X-Force in the production scale. He added:
"Deadpool 2 is going into production this year. Then X Force, which is a combination of Deadpool, and Cable – they’re like the Black ops of the X-Men. They’re much darker and have an R-rated decibel."
The Importance Of Casting Cable Right
While Deadpool is a huge attraction, and a superhero hard to match in terms of charisma, it's clear that Fox are priming Cable to become an equally formidable part of the R-rated branch of the X-verse. This highlights the importance of finding the right actor to play the part — there was even speculation that director Tim Miller left Deadpool 2 after disagreeing on who should be chosen.
A number of names have been linked with the role, from Pierce Brosnan, to Ron Perlman and Stephen Lang, but to date there has been no official confirmation. Most recently, David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, was identified as the possible front runner. Considering how close Deadpool 2 is to production, an official announcement will have to be made soon.
Will The X-Force And The X-Men Collide?
The X-Force is, in many ways, very separate from the main X-Men universe. However, much like in the comics, that's not to stop characters interchanging. For example, X-Men: Apocalypse characters such as Psylocke, Archangel and Storm have all entered the X-Force ranks at different points. Kinberg, too, acknowledges that at some point, we could see the two words combined. He said:
"There is a larger architecture to tell these stories in. I talk to the studio all the time about this and there is a plan for how these movies can connect and be a part of a larger narrative. It’s something that’s fun, exciting and it will be interesting to see how we marry the different tones that we’ve been generating in these standalone movies of the X-Men universe."
Following Deadpool and Logan, fans can be content that Fox are finally taking risks with their comic book adaptations, and although it'd be fun to see Deadpool, Cable and friends enter the X-Men world, it doesn't necessarily have to happen. Let's focus on getting Cable cast first, shall we?
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