Cable’s backstory is like trying to solve a calculus problem while going through a maze at night with 10 toddlers, it’s complicated. It begins with writer Chris Claremont who had a newborn baby appear in X-men #201 in January 1986. They don’t tell you that this child is called “Cable” only that he is the adorable offspring of Madelyne and Cyclops (Scott Summers).
Four years later, Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld fill in some of the details and Cable comes to life in New Mutants #87. In a glance, you learn that he has a cool left eye, a cybernetic left arm and that he really likes guns. New Mutants 87 has him battling his genetic duplicate, Stryfe, and the Mutant Liberation Front. With the help of the New Mutants, he is able to defeat this group. Strong in leadership skills Cable takes control of the New Mutants.
The title ends at issue 100 but they continue on as X-Force. It’s in the X-Force title that we have the second appearance of Deadpool and learn more about Cable’s mysterious origin. Namely, that he was taken as a baby into the future and raised in a warrior culture society.
If you want to get your mind tangled up in a dense and complicated backstory read the four issues of The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix.
Cable and Deadpool share a long history so including Cable in the Deadpool 2 movie seems natural. From the trailer, especially Deadpool’s action figure reenactment, Josh Brolin captures the grittiness of Cable. Like the comics, the new trailer shows Deadpool and Cable getting ready to rumble. We know that Deadpool is an anti-hero but is Cable a hero or anti-hero in this movie?
Key Issues Related to Cable and Deadpool
Uncanny X-men #201 (Jan. 1986) – 1st Baby Cable (Nathan Summers)
New Mutants #87 (March 1990) – 1st Appearance of Cable
New Mutants #98 (February 1991) – 1st Appearance of Deadpool
X-Force #2 (Sept. 1991) – 2nd Appearance of Deadpool
X-Force #8 (March 1992) – Origin of Cable
– Ron C.
Cable Trailer from Deadpool 2