Deadpool is finally in movie theaters after years of developmental hurdles, its original creative team still intact to enjoy the record-breaking success of its release. Deadpool set all sorts of box office records this weekend. It sits high at the top of the list for R-rated opening weekends and among openings for the long-running X-Men film franchise. It set the record for the biggest February opening of all-time as well, and it did all of that with a relatively small budget compared to comic book adaptations and without the help of 3D ticket premiums.
Because of that, the creative team is already at work penning Deadpool 2 which is confirmed to introduce Cable, the fan-fave time-travelling mutant and future son of X-Men leader Cyclops. This wasn’t much of a revelation given what was said by star Ryan Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick leading up to Deadpool’s release – but the post-credits button at the end of the film makes it that much more clear.
Warning: There be spoilers ahead. If you stick around to the very end of Deadpool credits, the titular antihero shows up in costume, but sporting a robe, and mocks the audience for sticking around that long, telling them to go home. The bonus tag or extended version of this came attached to the public release of the film and didn’t screen early for that press. In that version, Deadpool confirms that Cable will be in the sequel but they don’t know who will play him, joking that Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, and Keira Knightley could all play the character, the latter because of her “range.”
With that in mind, our pal and talented artist BossLogic made a Deadpool 2 concept poster of what Keira Knightley would look like as Cable:
In all seriousness, Knightley would be a great pick-up in a comic book franchise, and when it comes to Cable & Deadpool, we can easily see her playing the supremely “lucky” Neena Thurman a.k.a. Domino, a loyal ally and friend of the pair.
But that’s not all. Anyone who’s been following along with the development of Deadpool over the years should remember when the co-creator of the character, Rob Liefeld, tweeted that Stephen Lang would be the perfect Cable. This was years ago, not long after Avatar released and when Terra Nova was coming to TV. Lang was basically playing two versions of Cable in these projects and we spoke to the actor about it at New York Comic-Con where he said he’d love to play the character. Now that Cable in Deadpool 2 is a reality, Lang is back expressing his interest in the role:
Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 21, 2009
BossLogic then made a concept of Lang’s Cable as well:
Who do you think should play Cable in the X-Men movie universe for years to come?
Deadpool is now in theaters; X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 are also in development.
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
The film is directed by Tim Miller, from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Ryan Reynolds stars, along with Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Yorick Van Wageningen, Gina Carano and Brianna Hildebrand. Producers include Simon Kinberg, Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner.