Deadpool will return in ‘Deadpool 2’.
But who the hell are Cable and Domino?
If you’re a ‘Deadpool’ comic book fan, you’ll know exactly who’s heading to the upcoming sequel… and why they’re so important. Cable and Domino are comic book staples, and have fought alongside the Merc with a Mouth for years.
But what if you’re never touched a comic book in your life?
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who is Cable?
A time-travelling mutant from the future, Cable is one of Deadpool’s closest pals… when they’re not trying to kill each other, obviously. The mutant known as Cable is actually named Nathan Summer – the son of iconic X-Men hero, Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey’s clone). He’s actually from a possible future timeline – sent to the future as an infant, where he grew into a formidable warrior… before returning to the present day.
So, how does Deadpool come into all this?
Technically, they first crossed paths in New Mutants #98, where Deadpool is sent by Mr Tolliver (a powerful mutant called Genesis who is actually Cable’s son) to find and kill him. Deadpool doesn’t exactly succeed and is sent back to Tolliver in a box… but it’s later found that this isn’t the first time they met.
Due to some time-travelling hijinks in the ‘Cable & Deadpool’ mini-series, Split Second, Deadpool was sent back in time to eliminate Cable from the timeline in order to stop him doing some really, really bad stuff.
And it turns out, their fateful first meeting in New Mutants #98 was one of the many times they had met before.
Basically, time-travel shenanigans surround Cable… but he also has psionic and telepathic abilities as well as being a totally bad-ass fighter.
Who is Domino?
Another badass mercenary, Domino is the product of a top-secret government breeding program to create the perfect weapon – much like the Weapon X program. Domino was the only test subject to survive, but despite her powers, the experiment was deemed a failure.
Essentially, Domino’s power was deemed to be worthless.
But that vastly underestimates the power of luck…
Domino continuously projects a ‘probability field’ around herself – essentially initiating random telekinetic acts which affects probability in her favour. What does that mean? She has incredibly good luck, while her opponents have incredibly bad luck.
This manifests in many different ways – anything from an enemy’s gun jamming, to her randomly guessing the correct keycode for a door lock, or even shooting a stray bullet which randomly hits a switch to disable a nuclear reactor.
How did she meet Deadpool?
Well, she was originally part of Cable’s X-Force when they first met Deadpool in New Mutants #98 back in 1991… but this technically wasn’t her. It turned out that a shapeshifting hero named Copycat was impersonating her.
The real Domino didn’t appear until X-Force #8 in 1992.
And as far as I’m aware, they didn’t actually meet until Deadpool Vol 3 #16.
Will ‘Deadpool 2’ venture close to these comic book origins?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
‘Deadpool 2’ stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Stefan Kapicic, and Zazie Beets.
David Leitch will direct, based on a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
‘Deadpool 2’ heads to cinemas on 1 June 2018.