Loeb won't reveal what's next just yet, but when [Cable] does return, he'll be very different than he's been in past stories. "The one thing I did want to do was [something I explained when] Axel and I sat down at the beginning of this. I said, 'To have him come back just to come back doesn't mean anything. When I left the book 100 years ago, I was telling this story about the techno-organic virus and how it was a part of him that he was completely losing control of. Here's a chance to see what happens if we go in the exact opposite direction. Let's start with a man who's terminally ill and see what happens when he gets a brand new lease on life in a way we've never seen before.' That was what was so exciting about this story. When you get to the end of that story, he is virus free. And we've seen in Nate Grey – a character I had a hand in creating for 'X-Man' – how powerful this guy can be when the techno-organic virus isn't weighing down everything you're doing. All I can tell you is that when Cable comes back, he'll be a force to be reckoned with. But the length of that gestation period you'll have to wait to see on."