They go together like white on rice, but Deadpool’s famous pal Cable was nowhere to be seen in the Merc With a Mouth’s big screen debut. Why? Because comic legend Rob Liefeld fought to keep him out.
Liefeld, creator of Deadpool and Cable, chatted with Inverse about the insane amount of success the mid-budget, R-rated superhero flick has generated since opening a few months ago. According to Liefeld, it all goes back to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who crafted a wholly original story for Deadpool. But, to do it, Liefeld insisted they keep Cable out of the cast list, to ensure Deadpool had every opportunity to shine on his own.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“The interesting thing out of the movie, my son said, ‘Where’s that freeway scene with the 12 bullets in the comic?’ Doesn’t exist. That’s Rhett and Paul. I get from everywhere, ‘Hey, Mr. Liefeld, do you know when the first appearance of Deadpool with Negasonic and Colossus is in the comics?’ That’s not in the comics. I was floored like Thor’s hammer landed on me when the script came in from Rhett and Paul, who crafted their own original tale that’d never seen before. I created Vanessa. I created Wade. I never got them that right. We implied a relationship, but we never gave it the heart they did…
Half of us believed the movie should involve Cable. I could feel Cable breathing down my neck. I said, ‘No. Don’t put Cable in the first movie.’ If Cable comes later, great. Deadpool is a vehicle for Ryan to shine. Cable bogs it down, I’m not sure it works as a first film with a general audience. I got in the car and I said, ‘Did I really just kill the appearance of my other more popular character?’”
Though he wasn’t in Deadpool, the not-so-subtle after-credit scene confirmed Cable will be making his debut in the inevitable sequel. With Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool fully established, it’ll be great to finally see Cable show up.