Cable Was Almost in the First Deadpool Movie

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The long gestation process for Daredevil means the script went through a lot of changes. Early on in the process, Fox actually wanted Cable, Deadpool’s grim, gun-toting, pouch-loving buddy, to co-star with the Merc with a Mouth—until Deadpool and Cable creator Rob Liefeld had his say.

In an interview with Inverse, Rob Liefeld recalled some early conversations the movie team had:

Half of us believed the movie should involve Cable. I could feel Cable breathing down my neck. I said, “No. Don’t put Cable in the first movie.” If Cable comes later, great. Deadpool is a vehicle for Ryan to shine. Cable bogs it down, I’m not sure it works as a first film with a general audience. I got in the car and I said, “Did I really just kill the appearance of my other more popular character?”


If true, then yes he did. And thank god for that, because the movie absolutely wouldn’t have worked. So much more exposition would have been necessary. Even if Liefeld hadn’t said it, we have to believe they never would have actually done Cable and Deadpool first. It would just be too much. And it turned out that being heavily constrained in number of characters really worked for Deadpool.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.

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I want Clancy Brown as Cable. It’ll never happen, but I want it.