Comic creator Rob Liefeld met Josh Brolin’s Cable in an all-new photo from the set of Deadpool 2. The writer, the mind behind Cable’s creation and co-creator of Deadpool with writer Fabien Nicieza, has been heavily involved in Deadpool 2, posting regular Instagram and Twitter updates about the sequel to Deadpool.

Deadpool 2 has a lot to live up to since its predecessor remains the highest grossing R-rated comic book adaptation of all time. Since Deadpool broke numerous box office records, the only way Fox could top its success was with the introduction of a major fan-favorite character like Cable. Thankfully, according to Liefeld, Cable clearly lives up to the hype.

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Liefeld took to Instagram to enthuse about the casting choice made by director David Leitch, calling Brolin one of his favorite actors as well as “one of the most talented actors of all of space and time.” Liefeld is clearly excited by what Brolin’s performance has to offer. His post, indicating that he had seen Brolin in action, teased the actor’s commitment went beyond his physical transformation and that he had “found the voice” that would please fans of the comic books Liefeld had created. Liefeld went on to call Brolin’s casting on par with the decision to pair Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool, a match made in heaven for comic fans. His excitement was infectious, easily hyping his followers up for the film and the iconic team-up between the characters.

CABLE!! Say what?? I’m going to actually meet him in the flesh and blood(and steel coils)?? And, oh, by the way, he’s one of your favorite and one of the most talented actors of all space and time! Yeah, I dare you to try and meet one of your own creations and not get umpteen butterflies in your stomach. I don’t remember anything that was said here besides me thinking “I’m meeting CABLE!! HOW AWESOME IS THIS?!?!” Mr. Josh Brolin could not be more perfect in this role. He is amazing and outstanding and you will no doubt be as giddy as I was when watching him portray Cable. His commitment to becoming Cable goes beyond his physical transformation, he found the voice that fans will go crazy about! Ryan as Deadpool and Josh as Cable. Look out World this is going to be nuts! #cable #xforce #deadpool #robliefeld #marvel #20thcenturyfox

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Nathaniel Summers, code-named “Cable”, is a mutant from a potential future timeline involving the “mutant messiah” Hope Summers, whose presence has been hinted at motivating Fox’s X-Men franchise’s future. The soldier from the future and Deadpool’s soldier of fortune teamed up in an ongoing series titled Cable & Deadpool from Marvel comics. There, the relationship inspired a fan-following, making the embittered soldier a must for the sequel. Just what Cable’s role in the sequel will look like remains to be seen and it’s led to a lot of speculation from diehard fans, but Cable hasn’t been shy about showing himself. He’s appeared in everything from Logan‘s Deadpool short to the recent Deadpool 2 marketing campaign.

Cable’s origin story is probably one of the most complex in comics, however, and the pressure is on for Fox and Deadpool 2 to deliver a film that lives up to the gleeful insanity of Deadpool. Cable and Deadpool will also be a part of Fox’s X-Men plans moving forward. The casting search for Cable was one of the most frantic in history for comic book fans, many of whom might be asking if Brolin’s Cable can live up to the hype.

Everything about Brolin’s performance, however, seems to indicate that the actor approached Cable with both gravitas and a deep respect for the material. From his physical transformation to this final blessing from Cable’s creator, all that remains is for Deadpool 2 to hit theaters so that fans can make the final call.

Next: Deadpool Creator Urges Fox Not to Continue Talks With Disney

Source: Rob Liefeld/Instagram

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