Nathan Summers is more machine than man, and now you can see how the disease that fused his flesh with robotics evolved for Deadpool 2.
J.S. Marantz, the artist who previously worked on other MCU movies and War for the Planet of the Apes, has just taken over Instagram with several mind-blowing concepts that he developed to show how the virus spread through the human body and how Cable solved the problem of needing a functional arm even as the virus tech consumed him. It’s also a testament to the unbelievable things you can do with Photoshop. Like this.
This early concept looks like something infinitely cool out of Terminator or RoboCop. Marantz thought Cable could make his left arm useful again by embedding the prosthetic under the virus, and while he hints that it underwent many changes before ever wielding a gun, working with costume design duo Kurt and Bart to finesse the idea was obviously a blast.
Front and back torso studies of Cable show the spread of the disease, which Marantz intended to show “how the virus transforms muscle into technology” and might remind any Game of Thrones fans of the mechanoid version of grayscale.
What Marantz imagined was eventually brought to life (with some changes) by makeup and prosthetics artists Bill Corso, Andrew Clement and his team at Creative Character Engineering, and Mike Smithson. See how it compares to the proto makeup test on Josh Brolin:
That’s pretty metal.
Marantz went beyond the virus to design Cable’s time-travel suit in collaboration with the costume designers, marveling at how “you can spend so much time on a concept and it only gets featured briefly in the film."
Here is a shot of the suit in material development, which is now something you will now wish you had in your closet even if it can’t send you back in time to defeat the guy who would destroy your entire family with his pyrokinetic powers in the future.
The only caveat is that the longer you travel through time, the harder it is to control. Nothing you can't handle.