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Foundationed Deep – Cable and Wolverine

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This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today we reveal the unsurprising connection between Wolverine and Cable.

Wolverine’s healing factor allows him to be alive for decades, so he is an EXTREMELY popular character for writers to retroactively reveal that Wolverine knows people.

Cable grew up in the future but traveled to the past in OUR past, so he also can connect to people in the past easily.

Combine the two and you get New Mutants #93, where the pair meet up…





After tangling with each other for a few more pages, the fight ends and we learn that they have a history…



In 1999, Joe Casey and Stephen Platt gave that history in Wolverine/Cable #1, which details when Cable first came into the present, hunting down a bad guy from the future.

Wolverine is sent after the bad guy by Department H…



Cable met an old soldier in the present and they had become friends. The soldier helped Cable fight the bad guy but he is killed by the bad guy. The bad guy prepares to kill Cable, as well, when…



And in the end, Cable and Wolverine get a little moment…


This connection is not a surprising one, but I figured I’d include it as an appetizer to the two Cable connections introduced in New Mutants #93 and Wolverine/Cable #1 that ARE surprising! You’ll see them in a bit…

Meanwhile, if you have a suggestion for a future Foundationed Deep, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com