'Avengers' villain Josh Brolin to play Cable in 'Deadpool' sequel

Josh Brolin at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - Opening Gala and 'Hail, Caesar!' premiere on Feb. 11, 2016. (Thomas Bartilla/Future Image/

Apparently not content with playing the big bad of the “Avengers” movie franchise, actor Josh Brolin has signed on for a role in a second film series based on Marvel Comics characters.

Brolin will play time-traveling, massive gun-toting mutant Cable in “Deadpool 2.” The character’s arrival was teased by Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool in a post-credit scene in the first film.

"We have no idea who we're gonna cast yet, but it could be anyone," Deadpool says in the brief scene. Michael Shannon had been rumored to be up for the gig.

The R-rated “Deadpool,” featuring Reynolds as an irreverent mutant mercenary with a powerful healing factor, grossed $783 million worldwide and somehow garnered two Golden Globe nominations. The sequel, directed by David Leitch, is planned for release in 2018.

Brolin’s cosmic supervillain Thanos has briefly been glimpsed in the “Avengers” films and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but he is expected to be the main antagonist in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Reynolds nodded to the potential continuity headaches in a tweet Wednesday: "You can't play 2 characters in the same universe!! Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch."

The Marvel Cinematic Universe inhabited by the Avengers is separate from the X-Men universe because the rights to the characters are owned by different studios.

If you don’t know who Cable is…just watch this 20-minute video. It’s complicated.

Brolin is not the first actor to take on multiple Marvel roles. Michael B. Jordan, who played the Human Torch in 2015’s “Fantastic Four,” will also be appearing in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” in 2018. And long before playing Deadpool, Reynolds was featured as Hannibal King in "Blade: Trinity."

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