Cable: Meet Deadpool’s time-traveling mutant pal
Many moviegoers will have their first encounter with Cable, Marvel’s stern, gun-toting mutant solider, when Josh Brolin plays the part in The Untitled Deadpool Sequel this May.
If you’re familiar with Cable from the comics, however, you’re aware that he has arguably the most complicated character origin story in Marvel history.
In 2004, two years after Deadpool’s first ongoing series ended, Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza launched a new title, “Cable and Deadpool,” which, for 50 issues, detailed the unlikely adventures of the mutant pair. While it’s uncertain how much of Cable’s backstory will be featured on the big screen in the “Deadpool” sequel, there’s clearly a whole lot of it to pull from.
Cable’s story stretches two millennia and back again, even before he first crosses paths with Mr. Pool.
Family history: Although Cable didn’t actually hit the printed page until 1991, his story more or less begins in 1963 with two students from Professor Charles Xavier’s first X-Men class: Scott Summers and Jean Grey, also known respectively as Cyclops and, at least initially, Marvel Girl. Over the years, Scott and Jean’s secret love for one another slowly came to the surface and they began to date.
The lovers drew the attention of Dr. Nathaniel Essex, aka Mr. Sinister. A mutant geneticist, Sinister learned that a child born to the X-Men couple would become the most powerful mutant of all time. Because of the Phoenix Force, though, Sinister decided it would be easier to just make his own Jean Grey and created a clone, Madelyne Pryor.
Believing Jean dead (admittedly, she dies quite a bit), Scott met and fell in love with Pryor. Nine months later, Nathaniel Christopher Charles Summers was born. (Cable’s first name, by the way, was a “gift” from Sinister. He set up his own namesake through the manipulation of Pryor’s DNA).
Sinister plans: Sinister had hoped to use the child against the villainous Apocalypse, but the ancient mutant learned of the doctor’s plans and managed to infect the baby with a techno-organic virus. Although it would have killed most people, Cable is able to keep the virus at bay through his powerful psionic abilities — that’s the explanation behind the character’s metal left arm. It’s really a parasitic infection, but Summers has been able to wield it to his advantage.
Into the multiverse: The specific reasons why get a bit complicated, but the infant Cable wound up getting sent to the distant future for his own protection. There, he learned to survive in a dystopian 37th century.
It was also in the 37th century when Cable’s nemesis, Stryfe, was created. Biologically, Stryfe is a clone of Cable, but he’s not suffering from the effects of the techno-organic virus and just so happens to be under the control of Apocalypse himself.
Back in time: Although Cable defeated Apocalypse in the future, Stryfe used a time machine to go back to the 20th century, just before Cable’s birth. The hero followed and pulled together a team of mercenaries, initially called the Wild Pack, then the Six Pack and, finally, X-Force.
It was around this time that Cable first crossed paths with mutant gun for hire Deadpool, who, has proven to be quite a thorn in Cable’s side ever since. We’re betting that relationship is only going to intensify when they hit the big screen together in May.
Of course, Cable wouldn’t be who he is without Domino by his side. To learn all about her character, just click the image below: