Even before Deadpool opened to record-breaking box office last weekend, 20th Century Fox had announced that they already had a sequel greenlit for the Merc with the Mouth. Looking back in hindsight, that was a shrewd piece of development, but more important that getting Ryan Reynolds and Co. back for another slapstick, barely appropriate, violent adventure with jokes, there’s an elephant in the room that’s an aged cyborg mutant from the far-future, and his name is Cable. That’s some big boots with a lot of straps to fill, so who could possibly fill those boots? If you’ve seen Deadpool then you know he has some ideas, but another fan choice is once again trying to stake his claim to it.
First up, and this may (slightly) spoil Deadpool for those you who haven’t seen it yet, but the post-credits scene features Reynolds in full Deadpool costume – and a bathrobe (in an homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) – announce that Cable is going to be featured in Deadpool 2 (or whatever it ends up being called). Reynolds as Deadpool suggested Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, or Keira Knightley would all be perfect choices, and before you say “two out of three” ain’t bad, take a look at what BossLogic cooked up.
That’s not bad, but it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get fans to choose Knightley over the present number one candidate to play Cable, Avatar’s Stephen Lang. Even Cable’s co-creator agrees with the choice, even if he can’t spell the actor’s name.
Dear 20th Century Fox, Please sign Steven Lang as Cable and put him in your next X-men film. Thanks, Rob
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 21, 2009
It looks like Lang is the one to beat since he even has Rob Liefeld‘s seal of approval, but what does the actor himself think?
No release date has been set for Deadpool 2 as of yet, but Reynolds, director Tim Miller, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are all confirmed to be coming back.