Ever since Marvel got hold of all the Fox properties, people have been asking what they would be doing with the big names like X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wolverine and Deadpool as all of them are highly welcome and can hold their own franchises. Among all these properties, Fox managed to screw up every single name at least once. But they did start to find their footing with Deadpool & Wolverine. Moreover, those two even led us to new lovable characters like X-23 & Josh Brolin’s Cable.
While the X23 film was never going to be made, Cable still had a major chance for heading a solo movie, if not a franchise. His onscreen debut with Josh Brolin in Deadpool 2 was pretty bad-ass and he was going to continue playing the character in X Force. It was after that when Cable could have starred in a solo film as well.
As it turns out, not just the fans but the cast members playing Major Fox Marvel characters are also confused about their future and contracts that they had signed. While we do know that the X-Men will get a reboot and all the characters will be recast, the same doesn’t go for Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. He will probably not be replaced, and the same could be the case for Josh Brolin’s Cable, who could also jump ships if his dear friend Deadpool does the same.
At ACE Comic Con Seattle, Josh Brolin was asked about the future of his Fox Marvel character, and he also seemed to be quite confused. Here’s what he said:
“Wait, Disney bought Fox?! I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m actually, I’ve been calling them, like, ‘What’s the deal with Cable, man?’ Seriously, 100 percent serious. They’re figuring it out. It’s a big world now, it just got much, much bigger. So who knows?”
Even Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld really wants Marvel Studios to do a solo Cable franchise with Josh Brolin. Now, Marvel could take this property forward in two ways. They could either bring Cable in sooner rather than later, and develop a story around him set in the MCU future. It would be cannon to the MCU, but tell us a tale of the time that’s yet to arrive in the MCU. Meanwhile, they could set properties like X-Men & Deadpool in the present, so later characters like Deadpool and Cable could crossover.
Or they could bench these characters, wait and figure out everything for the next 5-6 six years before launching any of the Fox properties. It does seem that this is going to be the case moving forward. Marvel is already dealing with almost 8 franchises currently, and almost every film that will come in the next 3-4 years is going to bring a new character into focus that may or may not get another film. So, adding the Fox characters right now will only cause more chaos.
Kevin Feige has said it time and time again that it’s going to be a while before they bring in any of these properties. He told iO9:
“It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
If this is the case, then we might not see Josh Brolin reprise his role has Cable. Sure we’d love it if Marvel could bring him on board, and they could even do it if they drop everything else. But Brolin is currently 51 years old. In the next 5 years, he’d be 56 and might not wanna do such physically challenging roles. Marvel usually bags an actor for a long period of time, and Brolin might not have 5-6 years to give to Marvel. But who has seen the future right? Cable sure has!