In the recent history of comic book movies, a variety of actors have played more than one character in this genre of Hollywood blockbusters. To name a few, the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Tom Hardy, Ben Affleck, Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan have inhabited several different roles in very different movies.
Another member of that ever-expanding club worth mentioning is that of Josh Brolin. Having played Jonah Hex in a rather forgettable film several years ago, the veteran actor bounced back as Thanos in numerous movies included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the midst of that, he also suited up as Cable in Deadpool 2, and it’s no surprise that he’d like to continue doing so since Thanos got killed – twice – in Avengers: Endgame. And from the sound of it, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is one of his most vocal supporters, saying the following on Instagram:
“Watching @joshbrolin bring Cable to life was an obvious thrill, not just for me but for millions of fans that have followed his debut since New Mutants #87. Cable is the face of two blockbuster franchises at Marvel, his own best selling line over the past 28 years and the record shattering X-Force. I get asked repeatedly about when we will see Josh as Cable again, and my hope is that Marvel Studios will launch one of their favorite sons, Josh, as well as one of their most popular characters into a solo franchise much sooner than later.”
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As Liefeld continued, he cited Cable’s enduring popularity in the comic book medium:
“As a character Cable has outsold any comic book by Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Black Widow, The Eternals, even Iron Man. The character has lined the toy aisles for 28 years, non-stop. The character, as part of the Deadpool universe, made it safely across and into the Disney fold. He’s a time traveler to boot, ripe for expanded tales of his rich history. And long time fans are aware of the unique opportunities that fulfilling the extent of role presents. I’ve spoken on numerous occasions to Josh about his passion to go deeper into the complexities of CABLE. If there is any doubt about whether he’s game to play Cable again, just ask him. Plus, he’s told me he’s going to get even more “jacked” and swole for his next outing!”
In case you hadn’t heard, Brolin is absolutely willing to continue on as Cable in the MCU, but the ball is now in Disney’s court. To be honest, I see no reason why he can’t because the casual moviegoer probably doesn’t know the difference between Disney’s MCU and whatever’s been released by Fox; they all begin with the “Marvel” banner, after all. Besides, Thanos is a CGI character, so why not let Brolin do his thing as the flesh-and-blood Cable in Deadpool 3 or elsewhere?