The amount of dramatic careers heavily incorporating superherodom has been on the rise recently, and nobody’s been more active at that specific feat than Josh Brolin. The No Country for Old Men actor has flexed his dramatic muscles for a while now, but has since taken on “Big Bad” responsibilities in the Marvel universe as Thanos, while also dabbling on the hero side of the superequation in Deadpool 2 as the sidekick/rival/no-nonsense supersoldier Cable.
As Cable, Brolin will have a huge chance to make an impact as Deadpool's straight man (especially after his deadpan brilliance in Inherent Vice), which will transition to the X-Force film being developed right now. Written and directed by The Cabin in the Woods helmer Drew Goddard, this will be a Cable-led expedition giving us plenty of Brolin. In an interview with Collider, Brolin gave a bit of intel on his upcoming Cable appearances, which, according to him, go beyond those two films.
Cable is complicated, both in origin and ability, so how his sometimes-telepathic abilities will be manifested into the time traveler remains to be seen. It’d take a whole movie to fully explain how Cyclops and a clone had a kid that got raised in a possible future and then came back. But, to put at ease those folks wanting as much Cable as possible, Brolin emphasized that his role in Deadpool 2 is merely “his introduction.” This isn’t a one-and-done appearance, he said, but “the beginning of Cable and absolutely not the end.”
Brolin went on to explain that this beginning is all setup for the X-Force films: “I think when you’re sensitive about how you reveal this character there’s a sense of mystery in it.” During the Force film, Brolin says that Cable will be leading the action, having the audience “with this guy full blown all the time.” He also teased his four-picture deal with Fox, which includes two unknown Marvel films alongside Deadpool 2 and the X-Force movie, adding that “there’s a lot to be revealed, but there’s three more movies to reveal more.”
While there’s going to be a bit of a wait for those films (Brolin says the X-Force film might not start production until late 2018 or early 2019), there may also be questions as to whether Brolin is prepared for them. Director David Leitch pushed Brolin to his physical peak on Deadpool 2.
“I got beat to s**t on that movie. That’s all I know. I had stuntmen throwing me all over the place. I’ve got a shoulder issue, I’ve got a knee issue that I’ve got to deal with now, but we got through it,” said Brolin.
Let's hope he's on the mend, especially since it sounds like Brolin's going to have to be physically prepped for a lot more Cable action soon.