- Cable’s decision to resurrect with his deadly Techno-Organic virus was a strategic decision to use it as the ultimate weapon against the Vault Children.
- Cable’s TO virus successfully controlled the highly contagious super-strain, infecting the Children’s City.
- Cable and Bishop’s plan to threaten the Children with planetary destruction came to fruition, saving humanity from assimilation by the Children and giving the mutants an ultimate weapon against their enemies.
Warning: contains spoilers for Children of the Vault #4THE X-Men The hero Cable and his former mortal enemy Bishop are on a mission to stop the Vault Children from taking over Earth, something the two mutants recently accomplished in The Children of the Vault #4 through the use of an ultimate weapon. How Cable and Bishop managed to take out the kids and force them to retreat also answered a major mystery that fans have been wondering about: Why did Cable choose to resurrect with his Techno-Organic virus?
Cable has been resurrected at least three times during the Krakoan era of the X-Men and each time he has been brought back to life with his deadly Techno-Organic virus still infecting him, leading fans to wondering why he would choose to continue hurting himself.
The Children of the Vault #4 – by Deniz Camp and artists Luca Maresca and Carlos Lopez – sees Cable and Bishop threaten to destroy the children and their precious city with a highly contagious super-strain of the TO virus, which can only be controlled by Nathan’s own TO infection.
Cable chose to resurrect with his dangerous TO virus
Cable was infected with the TO virus by an Apocalypse villain when he was a young baby, forcing his father Cyclops to send Nathan thousands of years into the future to be saved by the Askani clan’s technology. Cable survived his infection and avoided being captured and killed by -:A:-, using his incredible telepathic abilities to repel the virus, keeping it contained within a single arm. Mister Sinister manipulated Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor’s conception of Nathan to create an “ideal mutant”, and without needing to keep the TO virus at bay, Cable would be one of the most powerful telepaths in history.
The potential of Cable’s power is why many were confused about his decision to resurrect while the TO virus was still infecting him, first when he was brought back to life after Young Cable killed him. killed, and again after the Progenitors and Uranos ended his life. . At the time, Hope said he was “studying it for possible mutations,” but The Children of the Vault #4 reconsiders this decision, proving that Cable strategically guarded his TO virus to use as his ultimate weapon. Cable explains to Serafina and Capitan that years ago he risked assimilation into the Phalanx in an alternate timeline to obtain a sample of a hyper-evolved TO strain, which he has now unleashed on the city.
The deadly TO virus saved the world of children
The highly virulent TO variant of Cable quickly began assimilating the children and their city, with Nathan warning Serafina that within 24 hours the assimilation would be complete and an Spire of Babel would form, calling a Technarch to Earth to devour the planet. Cable and Bishop’s daring plan works, with Serafina unable to risk the children’s future on the two mutants acting as “heroes”. Serafina reverses the children’s contagious “message”, freeing humanity from their control, prompting Cable to reabsorb the TO variant strain into his infected arm, before the children completely disengage from Earth and re-enter the vault in which they evolved.
Cable and Bishop took a huge risk in threatening the Children with planetary destruction, but their gamble paid off, saving a potentially unworthy humanity from assimilation by the Children. Finally, fans know why X-Men Cable always chose to resurrect with his TO virus, and why he might continue to do so in the future, to give mutants an ultimate weapon against their enemies.
The Children of the Vault #4 from Marvel Comics is now available in stores.