WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for recent issues of Brian Michael Bendis and Oscar Bazaldu’ Spider-Man series.
The X-Men’s time-traveling mutant, Cable, and the Ultimate Universe’s ultimate refugee, Miles Morales, may not have that much in common, but that may be exactly why Brian Michael Bendis has the two heroes on a collision course in Spider-Man.
We know Cable is interested in Miles for his future potential in the world of espionage, which he inherited from his father Jefferson Davis, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Coincidentally, Miles is having a crisis of identity himself, as he’s begun to question whether or not he wants to carry on the Spider-Man legacy, or forge his own path as a different kind of hero.
As Bendis’ upcoming departure from Marvel to DC Comics looms on the horizon, the writer appears to be setting Miles up for a new status quo, with Cable acting as the catalyst. So with all that said, after connecting the dots, there’s one particularly strong possibility for a Cable and Miles team up, and that’s the debut of a spy-centric take on X-Force.
Back in the early 1990s, Cable took over leadership of the New Mutants, the young mutants enrolled at the Xavier School for the Gifted, and transformed the team from students to soldiers. Dubbed X-Force, this unit of mutant soldiers went on to become a fan-favorite title at Marvel. There have been a number of different iterations of the team over the years, but they mostly involve Cable as its primary leader.
If there’s one thing Cable loves to do (besides carrying oversized guns), its get a group of mutants together and name it X-Force. Since Cable is closely associated with the X-Force franchise, it makes sense that anything he has in mind for Miles would take the shape of a new X-Force team. However, the only problem with adding Miles as a member is, well, he’s not a mutant. Miles gained his spider abilities in a similar fashion to Peter Parker, and that’s via a bite from a genetically altered spider.
However, it’s possible Cable’s recent adventures in the present-day have opened his mind to working within Marvel’s larger superhero community beyond the X-Men’s ranks. When Uncanny Avengers relaunched after Secret Wars, one of its first new members was, in fact, Cable. Perhaps his time serving on the Unity Squad with Avengers, X-Men and Inhumans opened the time-traveler up to the possibilities that come with expanding one’s inner circle.
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