Fox has grand plans for Cable. According to Deadpool 2 star Josh Brolin, who plays the time-traveling mutant, he considers the character's arc as spread out over four movies, which made the experience of filming Deadpool 2 that much better for him.
"We think about it in four movie terms. We tried to think of Cable as a full arc, not just in this movie, but in the trajectory of four films. That made it a lot more fun for me," he told Empire Magazine. This confirms earlier suspicions that Cable will appear in at least four of Fox's X-Men-based films, including Deadpool 2.
He added that he doesn't "like the idea of a franchise, personally," which is what made playing Thanos more appealing: "That's what makes the Thanos thing really great. It's a finite thing, and I like that."
Last year, Brolin was asked about his feelings on playing both Thanos and Cable and he admitted the four-picture deal initially intimated him. He told Collider, "At first I was like, ‘I don’t know... My wife -- thank God -- said to just read it. 'Why are you even talking, just read it.' I was thinking [too big] about the four-picture deal. So, on my phone I remember I read it. It was so irreverent and hysterical that once I got through it I was like, that's it, and I had no idea [of] the fanbase."
Once the deal between Fox and Disney goes through, the fate of Fox's Marvel franchises is up in the air. As such, it's unclear if we'll see Brolin as Cable in three more films. Until then, he is expected to appear in Fox's upcoming X-Force film.
Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Colossus, and Karan Soni as Dopinder, with newcomers Zazie Beetz as Domino, Josh Brolin as Cable, and Julian Dennison. Jack Kesy plays a villain widely thought to be Black Tom Cassidy. The film hits theaters on May 18.