10 Things Only Comic Book Fans Know About Cable

10 Things Only Comic Book Fans Know About Cable
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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.

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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.


His Mother Was A Clone

Madelyne Pryor unleashing her mutant powers.

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 Gray 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.

He Developed The Techo-Organic Virus

Cable of the X-Men coming to battle with guns.

After Cyclops learned Jean Gray 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 infected Nathan with the techno-organic virus. It would kill him and there was no cure.

Cyclops Sent Him To The Future To Save Him

Cyclops firing an optic blast into the sky.

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.

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Scott made the decision to send his son 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.

He Had A Clone ‘Brother’ Named Stryfe

Stryfe laughing in X-Force comics.

The future that Scott feels 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, who Cable has fought ever since.

Cable Is An Omega-Level Mutant

Cable preparing to shoot someone while his eye glows.

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.

Cable Formed X-Force

Cable's X-Force team standing at attention.

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.

Cable Reconciled With Cyclops Before His Marriage To Jean Gray

Cylcops holding a drink and talking to Cable.

Cyclops and Cable never had a good relationship. When Cable returned, he hated his father, believing he abandoned him and didn’t care. Cyclops never considered Cable to be his son Nathan since so many years had passed and Cable returned even older than his father.

However, things changed right before Cyclops got married to Jean Grey. Cable was in the X-Men mansion and found a video that showed Scott when he sent Nathan into the future. He watched his dad break down and saw how he shattered Scott to lose his son. At that moment, Cable’s hate disappeared and he shared a moment with his dad before the big Marvel wedding.

Cable Developed A Precog Power

Cable holding a big gun on his shoulder.

X-Force went through many iterations over the years, and there was one point where Cable reunited the team when he developed a brand-new power. Cable had tried to kill the Avengers, who he believed presented a threat to Hope Summers, but Hope stopped him and finally completely healed him of the techno-organic virus.

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The cure came with new powers, as Cable became a precog. When he reformed X-Force, he had them set out to stop the bad things he saw happening in the future, which, unfortunately, made them look like terrorists.

Cable Defeated And Revived Apocalypse

Cable in battle with Apocalypse.

Nathan Summers became Cable because Apocalypse infected him with the techno-organic virus. Cable ended up being transported into a future where he went on to battle the forces of Apocalypse, which also resulted in his greatest enemy Styfe’s birth. However, Cable knew the mutants needed Apocalypse.

Cable had defeated Apocalypse and eliminated his threat once and for all. However, after House of M, Cable resurrected Apocalypse using the techno-organic virus and he did it to give all mutants a common foe to battle, believing it would unite them and they would be stronger after beating him. It wasn’t Cable’s best plan.

Teenage Cable Murdered His Older Self

Kid Cable preparing to use his psychic powers in battle.

When the time-displaced X-Men were stuck in the present day, a mysterious figure started trying to kill them. This turned out to be Cable, but it wasn’t the Cable everyone knew. This was a teenage Cable from the future, tasked with fixing the timelines. He was told that his older self was failing in protecting the timelines.

After Kid Cable resurrected his father, Cyclops, he then sought out and murdered his older self and took his place in this timeline. This story ended in 2021 when Stryfe returned and Kid Cable had Krakoa resurrect his older self to help beat him. After this, Kid Cable returned to the future to continue his battles.

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