This feels like it could just be a word-for-word repeat of our report on the first look at Zazie Beetz as Domino – but hey ho, Deadpool 2 has once again put out a publicity shot by releasing it on Ryan Reynolds’ Twitter account, making him the primary news source for the Fox X-Verse right now.
This time it’s our first look at Josh Brolin in what will be his sixth role in movies based on comics – the time-travelling mutant mercenary known as Cable.
And, like Domino, he looks… pretty good! The most obvious things we’d hope to see from a movie version of the character – his glowing cyborg eye, his metallic cyborg arm, his scar, and an awful lot of pouches – are present and correct. But aside from those cyborg bits, there’s a distinctly un-sci-fi look to the character – rather than being shiny and gleaming and blue, he’s all brown and grubby and militaristic. Despite the changes, though, his look has drawn immediate thumbs up from co-creator Rob Liefeld and the writer most associated with him, Fabian Nicieza.
Our guess would be that – again, robot pieces notwithstanding – the explicitly sci-fi elements of Cable’s character and backstory will be left on the shelf, and we certainly don’t expect there to be any time travel involved. We’d also be amazed if there were any mention whatsoever of his being the possible-alternate-future-timeline son of Scott Summers and a clone of Jean Grey named Madelyne Pryor. What seems more likely is that he’ll be a more straight-down-the-line mercenary whose gruff demeanour throws him into immediate opposition to Deadpool. Which, you know, is something we’d expect this film to do very well.
Oh, and he’s carrying a teddy bear on his belt for some reason, which gives us plenty to speculate about as to which – if any – child it might belong to. We don’t want to let ourselves believe that it could possibly be Hope Summers, so we’re not going to.
Deadpool 2 is out in June 2018, and you’ll be hearing a lot more about it between now and then. Most of it on @VancityReynolds, it seems.