Deadpool fans have been speculating for months now on who would be playing the hotly contested role of Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2, and now it’s been confirmed that it’s.... JOSH BROLIN! Here’s why we think he’s such a good fit for Cable...
He’s got the look!
Cable was first teased in the post-credits sting at the end of the first Deadpool. “I can tell you one thing and it’s a bit of a secret,” he cracked. “For the sequel, we’re gonna have Cable. Amazing character. Bionic arm… time travel. We have no idea who we’re going to cast yet, but it could be anybody. Just need a big guy with a flat top. Could be Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Keira Knightley. She’s got range. Who knows? Anyway, big secret. Shh…”
Well, Josh Brolin IS a big guy (he stands at 5' 10½" and is built like someone you really don’t wanna mess with) and he’s certainly got the acting chops (sorry, Keira). Look at Cable in the comics and it’s easy to visualise Josh Brolin in that suit.
This will be his second Marvel character
Though the Deadpool movies are Marvel-sourced, they’re not Marvel STUDIO movies, so they’re not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So there won’t be a conflict by the fact that Brolin plays supervillain Thanos in the MCU, as the Deadpool movies take place in a different fictional universe. Anyhoo, he’s mostly CGI as Thanos anyway, so the two characters won’t even look alike!
He’ll be playing a GOOD Marvel character for a change
Cable, in the comics, is the son of the X-Men’s Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey's clone) who was sent to the future and raised as a superpowered warrior. After that, he returned to the past, in order to try and prevent the the apocalyptic future he was raised in from ever happening. Cable is a character who has dedicated his life to protecting mankind.
He can do the funny
The first Deadpool was as much a comedy as it was a rip-roaring superhero action flick, so any new actor joining the team has to be able to do the funny. And though most of Brolin’s output is serious and dramatic, he’s been hilarious in such films as Men in Black 3 and Hail, Caesar!. So, a perfect mix of dramatic and comedic talent then…
This must mean Deadpool 2 has a much bigger budget!
Remember that the first Deadpool wasn’t predicted to be the blockbuster success it became. He was a character pretty much unknown outside the hardcore comic book fraternity and the movie was the first ever 15-rated superhero flick. Compared to Days of Future Past’s price tag of $200 million, Deadpool’s $58 million budget was pretty small scale. But with the first movie grossing, against all the odds, over $783 million worldwide and becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of 2016, Fox are putting some serious moolah into the sequel. And that means more money for big, A-list stars!