Quote1 And I didn't kill Cable. I am Cable. I just retired the older, less effective version. The same will happen to me one day. Quote2
-- Cable src

The history of Nathan Summers was the same as his former counterpart until the ripple effects of time began having an effect on his reality, including the deaths of Tetherblood and Aliya. Nathan was informed by Blaquesmith that his older self's inability to protect the timeline and not returning the time-displaced original X-Men to their proper time was causing this, as the result would be the eventual death of Iceman and thus the changing of the timeline. Nathan also learned from Blaquesmith that Scott Summers and Jean Grey were his parents and had raised him disguised as Slym and Redd Dayspring. With this knowledge, he traveled back in time to accomplish what his older self could not.[6]

With the help of Paul Douek, Nathan used a Phoenix Cage to resurrect his father, Cyclops,[7] and kept him hidden inside Professor,[8] as they traveled to the present where Cable killed his older self, coming into conflict with the X-Men and Ahab while he gathered the time-displaced X-Men and returned them to the past to ensure that the Prime Marvel Universe's timeline would avoid an apocalyptic future,[9] and his own timeline would be restored.[6]

Returning to the Professor, Nathan discovered that although Scott was grateful his son resurrected him, he wanted to rejoin the X-Men, rather than stay locked away. Reluctantly, Cable allowed his father to leave, but on the condition that he pick between two destinations: the home of Paul Douek and his family, who were in danger, and the X-Men's battle with X-Man. After Cyclops saved the Doueks, Cable was satisfied that his father had returned to his heroic roots, and the two parted ways.[7] To ensure his father's safety, Cable asked Wolverine to stay by his side to protect him.[10]

Nathan next traveled to Transia and worked with Deathlok to look for Rachel Grey, who was once again under the influence of Ahab.[4] During this time, he reluctantly worked alongside X-Force, who were originally tracking him down to make him pay for murdering their former leader, his older self.[11] He learned that Stryfe was behind the upheaval in Transia,[12] and after Stryfe's plot to use Rachel to destroy the Clan Chosen was thwarted, Nathan stopped Rachel from killing the young clone. Nathan resolved to uphold his duty of protecting the timeline and refused to change it to suit his own needs like Stryfe and his older self had.[13]

Dawn of X

Cable joined the mutant nation of Krakoa when it was founded, residing on the Moon in the Summer House. He attended a family barbecue, where he traded guns with Raza of the Starjammers.[14] He would later investigate the emergence of a mysterious island, that was approaching Krakoa, alongside Cyclops and Prestige. Despite some hostility from the local lifeforms, in part due to Cable handing one a grenade as a gift, which it then activated, the situation was resolved.[15]

When Psylocke formed a team to investigate the new threat of Apoth and the drug, Overclock, she enlisted the aid of X-23 and Cable.[16] When the team investigated an Apoth location in Brazil,[17] Cable was captured by Apoth's servant, who saw Cable as the symbolic unity between man, machine, and mutant.[18] He later released Cable,[19] who, with X-23, Husk, and Bling!, aided Psylocke in defeating Apoth.[20]

While searching for the missing mutant, Fauna, at the request of his friend Curse, Cable, alongside Armor and Pixie, fought an enraged Arakkoan monster. After discovering that the creature was injured from an object being embedded in its foot, Cable used his telekinesis to remove the object and calm the creature. Upon touching the object, he learned that it was the Light of Galador, an ancient sword once belonging to a Spaceknight named Morn. Cable immediately took to the weapon and kept it for himself.[5]

Cable, like his older self, is extremely pragmatic when trying to achieve his goals.[9] Despite his strong desire to protect the timeline,[13] in part informed by witnessing first-hand what its alteration can bring,[6] he has himself abused time-travel to alter the past, such as when he resurrected his father.[7] This version of Cable learned that Scott Summers and Jean Grey were Slym and Redd Dayspring at a much earlier age than his older counterpart did,[6] and as a result has expressed a much stronger fondness for them.[8][21] Cable has also shown a willingness to be more lighthearted and friendly than his older self frequently did.[16][5]


Seemingly those of the Nathan Summers of Earth-616.


Seemingly those of the Nathan Summers of Earth-616.




Cable usually carries energy weapons and grenades as his weapons of choice.[15]

Light of Galador: While on the Arak Maw, Cable found the Light of Galador embedded in the foot of an Arakkoan monster. It had previously belonged to Morn, the first of the Spaceknights. Despite its size, it is said to be lightweight.[5]

Discover and Discuss


Like this? Let us know!

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+