‘Deadpool’ Creator Explains Why He Voted Against Including Cable in The First Film

By May 18, 2016

We already know, thanks to a fun and tongue-in-cheek after credits scene, that the confirmed Deadpool sequel is going to introduce Cable into the X-Men universe onscreen, but the capacity of his role is unknown still, as well as who will be playing him. Though, in case anyone was wondering, Dolph Lundgren is definitely interested. Thought you should know.

Turns out though, there was a possibility at one point to include the character in the first Deadpool film, instead of waiting to introduce him in the sequel, something that Deadpool and Cable creator, Rob Liefeld, voted against during the creative discussions.

While speaking recently with Cinema Blend, Liefeld explained why he told the film’s team to exclude the character from Wade Wilson’s origin story:

“I absolutely recommended that they not include Cable in the origin story of Deadpool because it wasn’t necessary. That was on the table of things that were being considered, and I felt like, ‘No, no, no.’ Deadpool is a good enough character. He can carry his own movie and doesn’t need Cable. Similarly, it’s a mistake I believe that Batman v Superman made. They tried to do too many things at once and tell too many stories.”

While the creator was very tight-lipped about Deadpool 2 as well, including the film’s iteration of Cable, Liefeld did express his confidence in what he calls the “Marvel Strategy,” by using sequels to introduce bigger heroes and characters than in the first films:

“Where Deadpool came out, [it] gave you this story, and I think they are somewhat following what I’m referencing as the Marvel strategy. Maybe the next movie — Iron Man 2 gave us Black Widow, and started building. And Cap 2 gave us Black Widow, Falcon, and Winter Soldier, you know? I believe that the fact that we’ve got the opportunity to build now on what Deadpool… OK, this is corny, they can build on the cable they laid with Deadpool, in the first movie, you know? Those are strong tracks, and so now they continue to build out on that.”

Much like many of the comments made by director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as well, it sounds everyone involved in the Deadpool franchise has their heads on right at this point. They know the mistakes that other superhero franchises have made and are motivated not to make them themselves, while also staying true to the characters they’re adapting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a comic book movie as faithful as Deadpool, which is what everyone wanted it to be, and is why it ended up being so successful. It sounds, from comments like these, like they’re going to bring the same amount of love and care to the sequel as well.

Deadpool 2 does not currently have a release date.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable