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Here's Your First Look At Josh Brolin As Cable in "Deadpool 2"

By Brian Richards | Industry | August 7, 2017 |

By Brian Richards | Industry | August 7, 2017 |

Earlier this morning, Ryan Reynolds (who has come a long way from starring in the classic sitcom Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place, and also making us forget that he starred in an actual movie called R.I.P.D.) gave us all our very first look at Josh Brolin as Cable, who will be appearing in the upcoming film Fifty Shades Freed Deadpool 2.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cable and have no idea who this character is, Wikipedia will explain it for you. And mind you, this is only just a small fraction of their explanation:

Cable (Nathan Summers) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with X-Force and the X-Men. The character first appeared as a newborn infant in Uncanny X-Men #201 (Jan. 1986) created by writer Chris Claremont, while Cable’s adult identity was created by writer Louise Simonson and artist/co-writer Rob Liefeld and first appeared in The New Mutants #87 (March 1990). Nathan Summers is the biological son of the X-Man Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey’s clone), the “half” brother of Rachel Summers and Nate Grey, and the genetic template of Stryfe. He is from a possible future timeline, having been transported as an infant to the future, where he grew into a warrior, before returning to the present…Cable was born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities. However, the extent to which he has been able to utilize these powers has varied dramatically throughout his appearances. Originally, both were limited by his need to restrain his techno-organic infection, and his powers were negligible compared to his more traditional fighting skills…His techno-organic body parts possess enhanced strength and durability, and his techno-organic left eye gives him enhanced eyesight, allowing him to see farther than a normal human and in the infrared spectrum. He is also able to interface his techno-organic body parts with machinery, using them to hack into computers, open electronic locks, and travel through time.

Granted, I have been responding like this…

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…ever since it was announced that Brolin would be playing Cable instead of Kyle Chandler or Stephen Lang, but…this works. Brolin looks great.

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And now is the time where I and several others sit back, check our watches, and wait patiently for Deadpool fans/comic-book fans/people who call themselves Deadpool fans and comic-book fans but are really just bored Internet trolls looking for yet another excuse to behave like assholes with little to no home training to make their appearances on Twitter, message boards, and various comment sections to express many a variation of:

“Holy shit, Brolin looks sick as Cable.”

“Cable is supposed to be bulky and muscular. Why couldn’t they get Brolin to work out more?”

And the one particular train that I guarantee will not be late and will arrive on time:

“I don’t know why Josh Brolin looks the way Cable is supposed to look in the comics, but they couldn’t do that with Zazie Beetz as Domino.”

Followed by these complaints that will continue to be repeated since we first saw Zazie Beetz as Domino: “Ugh, she doesn’t look anything like Domino, she looks like John Candy in Spaceballs

And also…”This is such bullshit. Mary Elizabeth Winstead would’ve been the perfect Domino! Why didn’t they just hire her instead?!”

“Why does she even have that hairstyle? That doesn’t function well in combat and it would be used against her by her opponent.”

Said by people who were quieter than ants pissing on cotton when it came to her…

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and her…


and her…


(If anything, Anne Hathaway-as-Catwoman got more complaints about her weaponized high heeled-boots, but unlike the complaints about Bryce Dallas Howard and her footwear in Jurassic World, those complaints didn’t last very long)

and her…

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and her(?)…


and also her (OK, bad example)…

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…who now have something to say about female comic-book characters and proper hair maintenance when kicking ass.

And my personal favorite complaint, which I saw on a message board sometime last week: “Why does Domino even have an Afro? Afros haven’t been popular since the Seventies.”


Yeah. Really.

Yet another reminder to never read the comments.

Except for the comments here at Pajiba, of course. All of you* commenters are the best.

*And by “all of you,” I really mean “Five of you.”

Deadpool 2 (a.k.a. The Movie That Jodi Will Be Seeing In Theaters A Dozen Times, And She’s Going To Bring Chimichangas With Her To Eat Every Time She Sees It) opens in theaters June 1, 2018.

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