Re: Avengers Vs. X-Men -- Speculation, Spoilers, and Discussion
In the final issue, Hope used the power of the Phoenix to cleanse Cable of the techno-organic virus that he has been fighting for his entire life. We last saw him weak but recovering in Utopia's sickbay.
In a conversation with Cyclops on the psychic plane, Cable showed Scott a vision of a wasteland future, and he and Scott have the following exchange--
Scott: Where are we? Or is it... when are we? Is this real?
Cable: I'm still... healing. But we need to talk. You saw her.
Scott: I did.
Cable: Then you know. Hope is the Phoenix.
Scott: Nathan, I've always believed in you-- even in Hope--that she was or will be the messiah of the mutant race. But... The Phoenix Force-- There's so much about it that we don't understand...
...and so much more that I've-- we've lost because of it.
Cable: This is the world if Hope doesn't fulfill her destiny. This is why we protect her. When war comes with the Avengers-- and it will-- promise me that you will do what is necessary. That you'll make the right decisions no matter how hard they might be. It's what parents do for children.
Scott: I will.
Cable: I will be there when you need me, dad. Sometime soon...
...in the future.
"I hate having thoughts right on the top of my head. They usually jump off and commit suicide."