Cable has one of the more convoluted back stories in the Marvel universe. So how do you fit it into a two-hour movie?
The answer is: You don't. At least that's the approach that screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are taking with the character as they adapt him to the big screen for the first time in Deadpool 2.
For the uninitiated, one look at Cable's Marvel Wiki page will give you an idea of just how complicated his history is. For starters, Nathan Summers (his real name) is the son of X-Men leader Scott Summer/Cyclops and Madeline Pryor, the clone of Jean Grey -- something which, right away, is going to be difficult if not outright impossible to address in the current X-Men/Deadpool film universe.
Speaking with Collider, Wernick and Reese acknowledged Cable's long, ever-changing history and admitted that most of it won't make it to the movie. Here's Wernick:
"(Cable)'s got such a convoluted past, and such a convoluted origin story, that I think we're going to try to leave that, not mysterious, but there are a lot of twists and turns, cloning and all this stuff where you go, 'Oh my God. How do we get that across in a two hour movie?' I think we're going to distill him down to his essence. It will be authentic and faithful, but it's not going to include the 18,000 details if you were going to read a Wikipedia page about Cable."
Since these are the guys who successfully brought Deadpool to cinematic life, I'm guessing that they can be respectful and faithful to Cable while streamlining his story. One advantage they had with the first movie, however, was knowing that Ryan Reynolds was their leading man and writing to his strengths as an actor -- something Wernick says they can't quite do with Cable until they know who has the part:
"It's intimidating because we have to find his voice, and we don't have an actor yet so we don't know who we're writing for. Most screenwriting happens without cast in place, but sequels it’s a little bit different and it’s likely that part will get cast, and we’ll get to continue writing it and honing it for that actor, which I think is a good thing ... much like with Ryan, that decision will greatly impact his cadences, his rhythms. We'll certainly make him like he is in the comics, and we'll certainly be faithful, but I do think that voice will inform us quite a bit."
Director David Leitch is slated to start shooting Deadpool 2 sometime early this year, so we can likely expect casting news about Cable soon. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on how Wernick and Reese plan to handle this beloved Marvel character?