by Paul Pratt on June 26, 2013
I have another post I’m working on now in relation to my own work that is almost done. I know it’s been a few days. Sorry about that. My son was out of town with my parents for two weeks so my wife and I took time out to spend together. I guess you know this since you, my mother, are my only reader. Now that the boy is back home, business as normal will resume. As a quick distraction, I wanted to address something very important to me: Marvel Comic’s Cable.
Because I’m the only person who can write him properly, that’s why!
Sure, any person can write down a simple story, stick a man named Cable into it and cash a check. Cable needs care. He’s an extremely complex character and the foundations have already been laid in the comic books we don’t need to drift too far here, we just need a very well adapted version of that to do the character justice.
But, that is just the thing. How do you do him the justice he deserves?
There, I said it. Television. The unholy destination for comic book heroes. Cable’s story is long and complex and needs attention to detail and, for God’s sake, there are numerous details. Cable has become one of the most important characters in the X-Men universe and he is undoubtedly entwined to the X-Men.
But wait, you say “Fox owns the rights to X-Men! You can’t do that! You can’t include them.”
Well, that all depends. We would only need to reference the bulk of the X-Men mythos. I would need to be better informed of the agreement between Marvel and Fox, but I think an easy way around the issue would be this:
This story is the basis of your pilot or opening arc.
The characters in these issues are called Redd and Slym. We can have glimpses of a young Cable in a terrible future created by the mutant Apocalypse. The dream of peaceful coexistence between man and mutant is long gone, replaced only by total hatred on both sides. Humanity is not winning.
A young Cable is being raised by Redd and Slym. We see how their experiences with him through his hardships of this future have affected his current disposition and shaped his worldview. We explore how he grew from the techno virus ravaged boy in this story to the hard, but compassionate man he is throughout our series. The connection to the X-Men is not revealed, fans will already know, obviously, but curious observers and intent watchers will be rewarded with clues that will lead them to the truth.
Cable’s mission in the series becomes stopping Apocalypse from creating the world shown in this introduction. Over time, with more loose connections to X-Men, Cable will discover through much hardship that he is the ultimate weapon and the only hope for defeating Apocalypse (a functional immortal) once and for all across all possible timelines.
There is a lot of time travel with anything involving Cable. Television is needed to provide a solid groundwork for the character’s background alone. Television would also allow for the immense amount of mythology that has been built up around Cable himself, X-Men notwithstanding. There are some epic struggles possible in this series. There is room for a lot of introspective character work, possibilities for character ensembles, and even an occasional, seasonal, epic, action piece that broadens the scope of our premise.
Marvel. Seriously. Contact me.