Nathan Christopher Charles Summers (Cable)

We’ve been waiting for it since the very first announcement in the Deadpool post-credit scene, and we finally have it: our first look at the fan-favourite time-traveler Cable, portrayed by professional badass Josh Brolin. Nothing is known about Cable’s role in Deadpool 2 so far, except that he’ll come to blows with the Merc with a Mouth (not that this comes as a surprise, actually). His look is simply amazing, and it comes straight from the comics. The teddy-bear attached to his suit may be a relic from his childhood in the future, but it may also hint at the presence of a famous baby he took along recently… Speculate all you want, but in the meanwhile we’ll take a look at the original Cable from the comics.

Nathan Summers‘ birth was long planned before he was even a possibility. The geneticist Mr. Sinister, as always blocked in an immortal clash with his rival Apocalypse, studied the genetic templates of many mutants, until he found out that the potential son of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean “Marvel Girl” Grey would have been an extremely powerful mutant, one that he could control and use against Apocalypse. Since Jean Grey was at the time presumed dead, Sinister created a clone of her, Madelyne Pryor, and arranged things so that Summers met her; shocked by Madelyne’s resemblance to his one true love, Cyclops fell for it, and he fell in love with the clone. The two got married and had a child, Nathan of course, and when Cyclops lost the leadership of the X-Men the entire family moved to Alaska. Here, the marriage between Scott and Madelyne grew wary, and things definitely fell apart when Jean was found alive, and Scott left both Madelyne and Nathan to reach her. Before Madelyne could be exposed as a clone, Sinister sent his Marauders to kill her and kidnap baby Nathan: the woman survived, but Nathan was brought to a secret lab, where Sinister experimented on him for months. The precog Destiny led Scott and Jean to the lab, but in the meanwhile Madelyne had sold her soul to the demons N’astirh and S’ym to become the Goblin Queen, promising her new masters to sacrifice Nathan. Jean managed to defeat the Goblin Queen, and by doing so she even absorbed her memories of rising baby Nathan; she decided to raise the baby with Scott, but the Riders of the Storm, a group of Apocalypse’s followers, kidnapped the baby once again, knowing he was the one destined to kill their master. Before X-Factor could saved the baby, the Riders infected him with a Techno-Organic Virus, that would have killed him spreading organic steel in his body. A woman, Sister Askani, appeared before Cyclops, telling him she could bring the baby to the future to save him, as he was a messianic hero in her time, but that she would have been unable to make another time jump to bring him back. Wanting to save his son’s life, Cyclops entrusted him to the woman, and she left with him to her future, never to return.

The future Sister Askani took Nathan to was a despaired world ruled by Apocalypse: in here, Nathan was awaited as the Askani’son, the one who would have killed Apocalypse and freed the world. Mother Askani, a time-displaced version of Nathan’s sister Rachel Summers, realised the virus had progressed too far to be erased, and she cloned the baby to have a savior…but Nathan survived, thanks to the previous intervention of the sentient Ship. The clone was later abducted by Apocalypse, and Mother Askani brought to her future both Cyclops and Jean to protect their son, as she had been wounded by Apocalypse’s Canaanites. Under the alias of Redd and Slym Dayspring, the two time-travellers raised and protected Nathan, and also trained him in the use of his growing powers, with Redd teaching him how to use his telekinesis to contain the virus. Eventually, when he was only eight years old, Nathan faced Apocalypse with Redd and Slym, and apparently managed to kill him by severing his connection with Stryfe, his clone meant to be the tyrant’s new host. Redd and Slym disappeared, sent back to their time, and Nathan was left alone, wandering the world while Stryfe created a new military dictatorship. As Sryfe guided his New Canaanites, Nathan founded the Clan Chosen, an organised rebellion to oppose the tyranny. The war went on for years, forging Nathan into a superb warrior and tactician, a guide despite his young age. Accompanied by his best friend Tetherblood and his love interest and eventually wife Aliya, Nathan battled Stryfe and his regime over and over, facing many losses. Aliya was abducted and raped by Stryfe, and when she came back she was pregnant: she gave birth to Tyler, a son Nathan accepted as his own. The woman was later killed in an attack, while Tyler was abducted and transformed into an agent against Nathan: by this time, the man had become much harsher and colder than he had been before. Eventually, however, the war was lost, and Nathan found himself in a world he didn’t want as his own. Wanting to do what he could to fix things, he travelled back in time with Celestial technology, trying to kill En Sabah Nur in Ancient Egypt before he became Apocalypse. Ironically, he set in motion the very events that created Apocalypse, and he came back to his time defeated. After years of war, Stryfe came back to the XX Century to replace Apocalypse, and Nathan followed him. He arrived to Muir Island, where he started his new mission. Introducing himself as Cable, he started his search of Stryfe, back to what he didn’t know was his original timeline.

Nathan Summers is a man hardened by years of war, a tough-as-nails and no-nonsense warrior who went through atrocities and losses, and emerged as a warmachine used to keep his coscience quite justifying his debatable means with noble ends. As Cable, he’s an extremely powerful mutant, a telepath who might be even more powerful than Professor X gifted also with a devastating telekinesis, able to control consciences and to manipulate matter to any extent, being also able to teleport anywhere and anywhen in time and space; unfortunately, he can’t use his powers most of the time, since he needs them to contain the virus killing him; the virus itself, making him nearly a cyborg, grants him superhuman strentgh, durability, speed, stamina, agility and reflexes, and even without said abilities he’s an excellent fighter, an expert hand-to-hand combatant and an infallible marksman, with quite a taste for impossibly huge guns and for futuristic gadgets. A warrior who crosses time and space to fight his battles, Cable has been driven to extreme measures, and he’s now so used to them that he barely takes in consideration routes other than violence and murder: truly a hound of war, Cable constantly fights for keeping alive what remains of his humanity, from the virus as well as from the monster the battlefield made him become…