Let's talk about 'Deadpool 2' and what Cable means to the franchise

It's time once again for my personal favorite -- and hopefully -- your favorite segment. 

Let's talk about everything we know about the confirmed "Deadpool" sequel. 

Release date: Jan. 12, 2018

Tim Miller is back to direct, Ryan Reynolds is back to DP, and the screenplay comes byway of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. 

We really, really liked the first "Deadpool" movie. Play a little catch-up by checking out our review: 'Deadpool' review: Take note moviemakers, this is how you follow source material

Much of the juicy stuff, like who's playing Cable, Domino and what direction the story will take us, remains unconfirmed.  One of the most recent rumors for Cable's casting will have Deadpool fans thinking that they can't lose with Clear Eyes and Full Hearts:

There’s been a name floating around for Cable for months. Hasn’t changed. Don’t know if it’s changed. Didn’t make any calls about this. This was just the name that has been out there for months. So take this with a gigantic grain of salt. The biggest grain of salt your tiny little brain can imagine. The name that is floating around for Cable right now is Kyle Chandler.
— Mashable's Jeff Sneider on Meet the Movie Press

Besides the post-credit scene when Deadpool said “The sequel? We’re gonna have Cable. Amazing character. Bionic arm, time travel! We have no idea who we’re going to cast yet, but it could be anyone.”

Kyle Chandler, 50, is known for his roles such as Coach Taylor in NBC's Friday Night Lights, Netflix's Bloodline, Argo, Super 8 and Carol. Among other rumor mill Cables were Kevin Nash and Jon Hamm. Chandler's name, to date, sounds the most realistic and substantive grapevine talk. Dolph Lundgren of Rocky IV, Stephen Lang and Hellboy Ron Pearlman have expressed self-interest in playing Deadpool's buddy Cable. 

Mackenzie Davis is the name most connected to play Domino. Nerdist reports that Liam Neeson is the studio's top pick. 

If you needed anymore Cable confirmation, check out what Reese recently said to Hitflix below: 

There’s a lot of fun in that he’s very serious and he does take on more serious weighty issues than Deadpool’s used to taking on, so I think there’s a juxtaposition there that can be fun.

We had a lot of fun with Colossus in the first movie, just by virtue of him being a foil to Deadpool, being a goody-two-shoes and a straight shooter and Deadpool being irreverent. And I think Cable offers us the opportunity to provide another really cool, different foil for Deadpool.
— Reese to Hitflix

Let me just go on the record, that these two screenwriters are a journalist's dream for squashing speculation for real-life. Wernick demolished all fears that the sequel would go more mainstream thanks in part to the OG being the highest grossing 'R' rated film of all time. 

Once again to Hitflix, Wenick went the record by saying "we don't want to make a $200 million epic superhero Deadpool movie. We want to make the $50 million Deadpool sequel."

That's part of what made the original so special. Fox and Marvel didn't want this movie to happen. It took a comic book version of Edward Snowden releasing test footage to make this damn thing a reality. 

Its budget became part of the fourth-wall bursting gag and it made it feel truly different, which is needed now more than ever in the whatever cinematic universe. 

As for the plot, producer Simon Kinberg told the world that the sequel plans to make fun superhero sequels. No shock there. That's the only plot point that doesn't sound like pure speculation to me. 

Deadpool and Cable: A brief rundown

Describing cable to non-comic readers is a feeling comparable to that of watching professional wrestling with non-wrestling fans. 

Ugh. 

Here we go. 

Cable is the adult son of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey's clone, Madelyne Pryor, who was shipped to the future where he trained, became a badass and came back to the present. 

He first appeared as a baby in 1986 byway of Chris Claremont, and was reintroduced as adult Cable by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson in 1990's New Mutants No. 87. He wasn't paired with Deadpool until 2004, with the Cable and Deadpool series. 

Deadpool met his soon-to-be buddy when he was hired to kill the time-traveler's warrior. 

These two are very different, DUH. Cable has seen the future and wants to make the current world a better place. He is serious, but patient. Ready to defend the world, but hesitant to kill at no cost. 

Deadpool is Deadpool. 

The series has a devoted following -- HI THERE /waves at screeen //forgets this isn't a visual medium -- for its goofy-ass buddy cop combination. The series made it 50 issues, until Deadpool got to big for his britches.

If you need some gold Cable and Deapool interaction, play the fantastic Deadpool video game.

Why are you still reading this? Well, because Cable likely means Deadpool will get his X-Force movie which is a publicly-known goal of Ryan Reynolds'. 

This won't be the last time we talk about this movie, as we expect the casting rumor mill to only heat up more.