'Deadpool 2' Won't Dive Deep Into Cable's Complicated History

"We've been really particular what we're going to put in and what we're going to leave for potential future," says director David Leitch of Josh Brolin's comic book character.
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The second Deadpool movie has its work cut out for it, introducing fan-favorite characters Cable and Domino to the movie franchise in one fell swoop. As if introducing two big characters (both from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld) into movie continuity wasn't enough of a task, one of them comes with an exceptionally elaborate backstory to explain to movie audiences.

Indeed, to fully explain who Cable (Josh Brolin) is would likely take the running length of the entire movie — the short version is, he's the son of the X-Men's Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey, who was taken to the future after becoming infected with a "techno-organic virus" to be raised in the future as a religious figure by his sister from an alternate timeline and his parents, who were possessing the bodies of other people, only to grow up, have his own son brainwashed by an evil clone of himself who then traveled back in time, leading Cable to follow and then arrive in our present with the simple mission of killing Apocalypse so none of this would happen in the first place, because I forgot to say that Apocalypse was involved in all of this, and … You know what? Maybe it's best to forget all of this.

In fact, judging by recent comments by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch, that might be the direction the movie ends up taking.

"Look, I think besides all of the Deadpool, sort of the film universe Deadpool, you kind of have to be selective of like how you approach these characters because there's a canon of work that's so massive that you could never put it all on screen," Leitch said during an interview with ScreenRant. "So we've been really particular what we're going to put in and what we'e going to leave for potential future if it goes that way and, uh, I think you'll like it. It's all in the spirit of canon, and also in the spirit of like what Deadpool the movie is."

In the spirit of Deadpool? Does this mean Ryan Reynolds is going to attempt to tell the audience everything they need to know in one fourth-wall-breaking aside, only to give up halfway through and just leave it as "Josh Brolin is playing this time-traveling badass with a gun?" We can but hope. The other stuff can wait for the eventual Cable solo movie down the line …

Deadpool 2 opens June 1, 2018.

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