Deadpool 2 director David Leitch explains why Fox and Marvel were okay with Josh Brolin playing both Thanos and Cable. And when it was originally announced back in 2014 that Brolin would be playing the Mad Titan Thanos, the actor hadn’t just landed the role of another comic book movie villain, but the villain that Marvel Studios was planning to center its entire cinematic universe around. As such, many fans assumed that Brolin’s chances of playing any other iconic comic book movie villains or heroes — anytime soon at least — were completely off the table, as he was set to play Thanos until at least 2019 when The Avengers 4 is released.
Despite the multitude of theatrical films Fox has released starring either the X-Men or characters related to the X-Men universe, one fan-favorite hero still yet to make the jump to the live-action realm is Cable, a.k.a. Nathan Summers. A time-traveling mutant cyborg, Cable made his first Marvel Comics appearance back in 1990, in an issue of The New Mutants. Son to Scott “Cyclops” Summers and a clone of Jean Grey, Cable became known to many non-comic readers via a memorable run of appearances in the popular X-Men: The Animated Series.