Making Cable the Villain of “Deadpool 2” is Pure Genius

Matthew Loffhagen
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So apparently Cable is the villain of “Deadpool 2”.

Or, at least, that’s what the trailer heavily implies, spinning a yarn about Deadpool protecting the kid from “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” from a huge time travelling assassin.

This new trailer is the best advanced glimpse of a movie we’ve got all year thus far. It shows off some of the funky action setpieces that will make the film more visually interesting than the first movie, it’s peppered with dumb humor, and, crucially, it gives us some little hints at the movie’s story without letting us see too much.

For those who might not be up to speed with their comic book lore, Cable is not a villain in the official Marvel continuity. He’s an anti-hero, sure, the same as Deadpool, but his most famous recent contribution to recent canon is essentially the polar opposite to what we’re seeing in this trailer – a story in which he time travels to protect a baby from assassins, rather than going out of his way to kill a kid himself.

As a change to the character’s motivation, this absolutely looks like a good move for “Deadpool 2”.

Deadpool 2 Trailer
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It’s no secret that Marvel movies of all walks of life struggle to create solid villains. This, alas, is even true in the “X-Men” franchise.

Sure, there’s Magneto, but who else is there? Sometimes Jean Grey, sometimes blue Oscar Isaac, or one of three different versions of William Stryker.

It’s not exactly like the villain of the original “Deadpool” is particularly memorable. Choosing Cable as the big bad of this new film is a great way to make the story feel different to the original, and gives us something we haven’t seen before.

Cable Deadpool 2 Trailer
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Perhaps the best part of this, though, is it gives us an opportunity to see a side of Deadpool that was all but missing from the first movie.

In the comics, Deadpool is an offensive, trigger happy jerk, but he’s also a big softy.

As violent as he can be, he almost always plays nice with kids – especially if he senses trauma or tragedy in these kids’ backstories.

Deadpool 2 Kid
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This side of Deadpool hasn’t really been seen yet in Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of the character, but it’s an intrinsic part of actually creating strong narrative arcs within the comics.

As much as he may be wacky and zany, Deadpool needs to be relatable – in the first movie his fear of rejection is a major motivator in his decision making. This time around, it seems that a desire to protect an innocent (well, relatively innocent) young mutant will be what pushes Deadpool to play the hero.

It’ll be interesting to see how these ideas play out in the finished movie, but at this point, based on the initial trailer, it’s clear that “Deadpool 2” has the potential to be a very well made movie.