Few characters in the Marvel world, or any world for that matter, have a more complicated back story than that of Cable in the Deadpool universe. The part-time time traveler, bounty hunter and son of Cyclops and Madeline Pryor has a lot going on. Miking it easy to crossover into various X-Men stories. And, while it is incredibly fascinating for the fans of the character, the filmmakers for Deadpool 2 cannot pack it all in.
So what does that mean? It's how it sounds and will come as bad news to some. They have decided to shelve it.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are hard at work for the follow up to the 2016 cult classic that won over the Marvel faithful and critics at large, and while Cable is seen as a major player, the complications of covering his entire story would threaten to overshadow the main star at large. With Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights and Bloodline fame mooted for the role, this revelation from the writers to hold back a lot of his narrative might open up more possibilities for future sequels, prequels or spinoffs.
Wernick: A Lot of Gaps To Fill With Cable
Co-writer Paul Wernick opened up to Collider about Cable for Deadpool 2, outlining that the lack of casting has slowed down the creative process.
"It’s intimidating because we have to find his voice, and we don’t have an actor yet so we don’t know who we’re writing for," admitted the writer. "Most screenwriting happens without cast in place, but sequels it’s a little bit different and it’s likely that part will get cast, and we’ll get to continue writing it and honing it for that actor, which I think is a good thing."
Although Chandler is the hot favorite, Wernick would not let on.
"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," he explained. "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."
Bare Basics For Marvel As Cable Makes His Debut
Outside of making a stand alone movie, Wernick argues there is no way to be true to his whole makeup in the context of Deadpool 2.
"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," outlined Wernick, "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 distill 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."