Next year is going to be big for superhero fans! The MCU is going to get larger with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, while the DCEU will do the same with Wonder Woman and the (hopefully) monumental Justice League movie. And let's not forget about second cinematic universe of Marvel Comics, the 20th Century Fox X-Men universe!
Fox is preparing to expand its mutant-centric universe even more with some upcoming films based on X-Men characters. The first of these is Logan, the next (and final) entry in the Wolverine franchise. That's right, you read in-between those parentheses correctly: Logan will be the last movie in the Hugh Jackman-led series of #XMen spinoffs starring Wolverine.
Not only that, but Logan will also mark the last time that Jackman portrays the character, concluding an illustrious 17-year-run as the clawed Canadian mutant. March 3, 2017 is going to be a sad day in superhero film history, as a legend graces our screens for the last time.
However, just because this will be Hugh Jackman's last film in the X-Men universe, that doesn't mean he can't contribute to the future of the franchise. After all, we know that the movie will contain both Nathaniel Essex, a huge X-Men antagonist, and Laura Kinney, the female child clone of Wolverine more commonly known as X-23. Besides those two potential franchise-builders, there is one other way that Logan could possibly contribute to the future of Fox's superhero universe; Cable.
Who Is Cable?
Who is Cable you ask? Well, allow me to put on my super-nerd glasses and school you with some superhero trivia!
In the comics, Cable is the child of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey. The reason they have a child is because of Mr. Sinister, who believed that their combined genes would form the ultimate mutant. There's a lot more story behind it, but for the sake of time, I'll just leave it at that. Oh, and he's also Deadpool's best friend.
Yes, that #Deadpool — the same one who wowed audiences everywhere with his gut-bustingly hilarious first solo film venture earlier this year. Deadpool was such a success, that a sequel was greenlit shortly before the movie even came out! But before the sequel was even confirmed, the ever-confident makers of the film dropped a little hint about what the second film could include during a post-credits scene.
Did you catch it? Deadpool confirmed that the sequel to his epic first adventure will center around the awesome superhero duo of Wade Wilson and Nathan "Cable" Summers!
What does that have to do with Logan? Well, just look at the plot synopsis for Wolverine's final bout. Logan takes place in the near-future year of 2024, apparently just one year after Days of Future Past. Hard as it is to believe, the world has gotten even worse in a year, thanks to the efforts of Nathaniel Essex, a.k.a. as Mr. Sinister, and his evil Essex Corporation.
Logan isn't the only comic book character to find himself in a post-apocalyptic future, however. For Cable in the Marvel comics, the apocalypse is every day! With that in mind, having Cable show up in Logan before his appearance in #Deadpool2 is not only possible, but also a great decision on Fox's part.
Deadpool and Logan are both set in the X-Men universe, just at different times. It seems that Deadpool is set in the present day, Logan is set in the future, and the main X-Men movies are currently set in the past.
With Cable being a time-travel savvy character, he could be the one to finally connect the streams and tie the universe together! But it's not just the time traveling aspect of the character that Cable's story has in common with Logan's; they also share a common villainous element in Mr. Sinister.
We know that Mr. Sinister is going to be in Logan, and we know that he's trying to create the ultimate mutant (thanks to the post-credits scene for X-Men: Days of Future Past). Because of this, it's completely plausible for Cable to show up in some shape or form in the alternate future of Logan, whether it be a cameo or a reference.
Since Logan is centered around the titular character and his clone, I doubt Cable would have a huge part in the film if he were to show up. However, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the bridge that connected Logan to Deadpool 2, and in turn, to the rest of the X-Men cinematic universe!
Thanks for reading! Do you think Cable could show up in Logan? Let me know in the comments!