After debuting as Cable in Deadpool 2, Josh Brolin has called Marvel Studios to discuss his character's future now that Disney have purchased Fox. After over a year of negotiation and legal wrangling, Disney finally concluded their deal to purchase Fox and its assets earlier this year. As far as the superhero landscape goes, this effectively means that the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four have now returned to the Marvel Studios fold, having previously been licensed to Fox around the turn of the millennium. The situation is drastically different today, as Marvel Studios are enjoying unprecedented success with their MCU, whereas recent X-Men movies from Fox have attracted wildly differing responses, with the recent Dark Phoenix suffering a box office struggle.
Regardless, all of those properties have now transferred over to the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, and this includes the characters of the Deadpool series. After Ryan Reynolds' turn as the Merc with a Mouth proved immensely popular, a sequel was confirmed by the man himself in a post-credits scene. The announcement also confirmed that Deadpool 2 would feature Cable, and after plenty of speculation over casting, Josh Brolin was confirmed as the time traveling mutant soldier. Brolin was warmly-received in the role and reported to return in future movies, but the Disney-Fox deal has cast some doubt over how and when these characters will be used.
Josh Brolin has now confirmed that while he is none the wiser as to Cable's Marvel future, he has been calling the studio personally to make inquiries, revealing that no firm plans have yet been laid. Speaking at the ACE Comic Con in Seattle, (via ComicBook), Brolin stated:
"I don't know what's going to happen. I'm actually, I've been calling them, like, 'What's the deal with Cable, man?' Seriously, 100 percent serious. They're figuring it out. It's a big world now, it just got much, much bigger. So who knows."
While it's evident that Brolin has no more information than fans do about the future of the Deadpool gang at Disney, his comments are significant in that they confirm the actor is very interested in reprising his role as Cable. Obviously, Brolin already has a sizable MCU connection, having portrayed Thanos in the franchise, but given that his performance as the Mad Titan was a motion capture gig, it's possible that Marvel Studios could get away with Brolin portraying a different character in live-action form.
Kevin Feige has demonstrated an interest in keeping the Deadpool franchise alive, but it's still not clear whether this will be as part of the MCU, or as a standalone series. Undoubtedly, many fans have their hearts set on the X-Men and Fantastic Four finding their way into the Marvel world, but while these roles will almost certainly be taken by new actors, the Deadpool 2 cast clearly have plenty more to give and both Reynolds' Wade Wilson and Brolin's Cable proved highly popular. Marvel Studios face a difficult conundrum in whether to integrate these characters into their existing world and, if so, how to do so successfully and it's clear that no solutions are yet in place. Fans may not be able to phone up Kevin Feige and keep him on the case but, thankfully, Josh Brolin certainly can.
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