Lock up your unicorns: Deadpool is back, and he’s got some new friends
He’s mad, bad and dangerous to know but, like Lord byron, deadpool has cool friends. Heavily scarred mutant Cable is appearing in
Deadpool 2, a second marvel turn for Josh brolin to go with Thanos. Cable’s timey-wimey backstory will not be fully explained here, but essentially he’s Jean Grey and Cyclops’ son. Nathan ‘Cable’ summer was born in an alternate future where mutants are hunted, and he’s had one eye and arm replaced with Terminator-looking cybernetics. He’s strong, uncanny and deadly serious.
but there’s another key, new flavour: domino, played by Zazie beetz (Atlanta). she’s a gifted markswoman with the mutant power to twist probability in her favour. In the comics her relationships with deadpool and Cable haven’t always run harmoniously. In one story, a shapeshifter called Copycat (real name: Vanessa. Could morena baccarin’s character have mutant powers?) posed as domino and tried to kill Cable. Things then got fractious between the real domino and deadpool when he sprung her from captivity and she immediately shot him. another run saw her help Cable take down a dictator, only for him to try to install himself in the dead politician’s place. Let’s call it a love-hate relationship.
The chances are Deadpool 2 will lift no more than elements from those stories, but the contrast between the manic deadpool, the “grumpy uncle from the future” (as Reynolds puts it) Cable and the mercurial domino feels exciting. Just as long as they don’t let too much backstory get in the way of the epic squabbling.