During one of the many press events for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in recent days, MTV had a chance to catch up with Ryan Reynolds, who plays the character Wade Wilson in the film.
In their brief interview, MTV asked him about what other mutants he would like to see Deadpool face-off against in his own spin-off feature film. Reynolds responded:
“There are all kinds of villains… You’ve got Black Tom — all kinds of characters that you could really make great use of.”
There are many characters indeed, but one stands out in particular for the Canadian actor and husband of other Marvel actor Scarlett Johansson. That mutant he’s talking about is Cable.
“The ‘Deadpool/Cable’ stuff is great… I’ve never really cast that character in my head. He’s such a complicated character.”
In our discussions here at Screen Rant on which characters could be in X-Men: First Class, I made a joke about including Cable in the upcoming prequel as one of the mutant characters that could be introduced. Well, now it makes much more sense to do just that and have some sort of origin for his character in preparation for a Deadpool spinoff. It seems like a great idea to me and another cool way to tie all the movies together as well as prepare future storylines for the idea of time-travel.
For those who don’t know; in the comics Cable is the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey’s clone) who was taken to the future only to return as a much older and hardened mutant. I know it sounds strange and in the movies I’m sure they won’t even get into that storyline. So instead, I threw out the possibility that since Emma Frost is in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and likely in First Class (she’s Cyclops’ current love interest in the comics), it would be interesting to see a different take on the story with Cable being the future son of Emma and Cyclops instead.
There’s not much else they can do since we know what happens with Cyclops and Jean Grey in the X-Men trilogy – so, there won’t be any cloning and marriage going on with the characters. In Wolverine’s spinoff, we see that Fox reversed the order of who Cyclops meets first, having introduced Emma Frost before the X-Men are even formed and before Scott Summers even meets Jean Grey.
Since we first heard that Deadpool was to be featured in the Wolverine solo movie and then later heard that Ryan Reynolds would play the part (a perfect casting choice), there’s been talk and speculation over the character also getting his own spin-off. Those talks have become a very serious possibility pending the success this weekend of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and in recent interviews with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, she’s continued to relay that Fox is in internal discussions over that potential project as well as a Gambit spinoff.
The character of Wade Wilson, who takes the codename Deadpool in the comics and will do so in future X-films, has a strong following amongst comic readers and hence there’s quite a bit of apprehension over the changes made to the character in the film.
Artwork by Amanda Connor
However, by the end of the film, it is said that in the movie, the character is set up for potential future stories. A story involving Cable would be a pretty neat idea. In the comics, Cable and Deadpool had their own series together that lasted several years until recently where they split from each other as a result of the major Marvel X-Comics event, Messiah Complex. They now both have their own solo series’.
Rob Liefeld, creator of the "Merc with a Mouth" spoke about the possible Deadpool spinoff a few weeks back and said this via his Twitter account:
“Talked to producers of ‘Wolverine’ yesterday and they said that there are definite plans to spin off ‘Deadpool’ if the box office works”
Along with Liefeld and Donner, Reynolds is also fully supporting the idea of getting him and his character their own on-screen debut. As a fan of the Deadpool comics himself, Reynolds dream is to be able to make a movie strictly based on the comics – Having his own solo title would give him that chance.
If you see the Wolverine flick this weekend, stick around after the credits. You may get lucky and get the secret ending involving Deadpool (there are multiple different endings after the credits depending on which prints of the movie your theater receives).
What do you think of the idea of introducing Cable into the movie franchise and having him a key player in the Deadpool film?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens tomorrow, Friday May 1st and I’ll be there.