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10 Things Only Comic Book Fans Know About Cable

Cable from the X Men

Movie fans got to know Cable when he made his big-screen debut in Deadpool 2. His origin was pretty much out of the comics, with Cable living in a future that was destroyed, so he returned to the present-day to keep it from happening again. However, who he was targeting and why was completely different from the Cable in Marvel Comics.

Cable in Marvel Comics also returned from the future, but he ended up taking over the leadership of the New Mutants and had a very conflicted relationship with his dad, who happened to be the X-Men founding member Cyclops. There were several other changes, which makes Cable one of the most complicated mutants to ever work alongside the X-Men. This complicated history has also given him a complicated morality, which has at times led him to fight against the heroes of this age.

Cable was actually born in the mainstream Earth-616 Marvel Universe. He was the son of Scott Summers, the X-Men known as Cyclops, and his wife Madelyne Pryor. The story here is that Jean Grey died when she sacrificed herself to stop the Phoenix and Scott left the X-Men and met a woman who looked just like Jean.

The two married and had a baby boy in Nathaniel Summers. However, the truth was that Madelyne was a clone of Jean, created by Mister Sinister to hopefully have a baby with Scott that could one day become the world’s most powerful mutant.

After Cyclops learned Jean Grey wasn’t dead, he returned to her and left Madelyne and Nathan behind. When he finally returned, they were gone and this all led to Madelyne learning she was a clone and turning evil. In the end, Scott and Jean got Nathan and began to raise him as their own. The problem is that Apocalypse showed up and infectedCable with the techno-organic virus. It would kill him and there was no cure. But Apocalypse only did this, so Cable could later give Apocalypse the techno-organic virus in the future, due to time travel.

The origin of Cable began after his father, Scott Summers, made the most difficult decision of his life. Scott knew his son would die if he remained here, and he met a time traveler from 2,000 years in the future who said that Nathan would become a savior in the future.

Scott made the decision to send Cable into the future, where there was a cure, but also knowing he would never see Nathan again. Cable would meet his dad when he returned via time travel, and he hated his father for abandoning him.

The future that Scott sent Cable to was one that Apocalypse ruled over. Still a child, Nathan was taken and protected as the eventual savior of their world. While the time traveler had promised a cure, when he arrived, Nathan was too far gone, so they cloned him to have a backup plan if he died.

Nathan lived, but so did his clone. That is when the Canaanites attacked and Cable was rushed to safety. Apocalypse showed up, claimed the clone – thinking it was the same Nathan he infected in the past – and took him to raise as his own. This was the supervillain Stryfe, whom Cable has fought ever since.

Stryfe was a direct clone of Cable, but Nate was something different. Nate Grey was a man created by Mr. Sinister using the genetic makeup of Scott Summers and Jean Grey. Sinister did this, during a rare heroic period, to try and create a hero capable of killing Apocalypse. This was all done in the timeline known as the Age of Apocalypse. While Nate isn’t a clone of Cable, the fact Cable is the son of Scott and Madelyne and Nate has the DNA of Scott and Jean, they’re essentially brothers. Just alternate versions of the same character.

Cable has traveled through time a lot. He’s also been to alternate timelines, all of this can result in Cable getting a little confused. During one such time traveling adventure, Cable comes to believe that the Avengers will eventually be responsible for the death of his daughter. Not wanting that to happen, he travels back in time and systemically takes down each Avenger one by one. Eventually, this problem is resolved when Cyclops arrives, with Cable’s daughter in tow. Eventually, Cable’s daughter is able to help free the Avengers, and together they bring Cable down.

Cyclops has had tons of love interests over the years. He’s most famously been with either Jean Grey or Emma Frost, but one of his lesser-known love interests was Lee Forrester. During one of his many times quitting the X-Men, Cyclops met Lee Forrester when he signed up to join her fishing crew. The two grew close and Lee even fell in love with Scott. Unfortunately, Scott’s superheroics terrified Lee, and she asked him to choose between her and the X-Men. Unfortunately for her, he chose the X-Men. Much later, Lee would run into Cable, and having no idea they were related, started to get physically close to him, but ultimately nothing came of it.

Mister Sinister’s goal when he created Madelyne Pryor was to create the world’s most powerful mutant through Scott Summers and Jean Grey’s clone. He got a little more than he bargained for with Cable. The powers of Cable make him an Omega-level mutant who was once the world’s greatest telepath before his powers burned out.

While documents in Krakoa call him an Alpha-level mutant, Red Skull refers to him as an Omega-level, and his powers are stronger as an adult than as the teenage version that lived in Krakoa. Rachel Summers also said that Cable would be the highest-level psionic mutant in the world at the peak of his powers.

When Cable returned to the main timeline, he set out to make the world a better place than the one his father sent him to. In order to do this, he began to train the New Mutants, taking over leadership of that team when Professor X left Magneto in charge of the X-Men.

Soon, Cable realized he needed to have a team that was more proactive and deadly and built a new team out of the New Mutants known as X-Force. This was the first mutant black-ops team in comics and Cable was its leader.