Stryfe formed an army (the New Canaanites) in the Nor-Am Pact region 3783-3806 of the alternate future where Cable had been originally transported. To combat the villain?s acts of destruction and death, Nathan joined a mutant-human uprising called the Clan Chosen against Stryfe and his New Canaanites. It is here that he chose the name Cable.
Cable and Stryfe famously faced off when Stryfe framed Cable for Xavier?s death. With his uncle Havoc, Cable fought Stryfe, who had encased himself in a force field that only allows members of the Summers family to enter. In the end, Cable and Stryfe were sucked into a Self-Destruct/Time Vortex activated by Cyclops. The rest of the world was left unharmed. Everyone realized that Cable did not kill Charles and gave his life to save everyone else. Nevertheless, Cable returned and stated that he survived, but Stryfe did not.
He married a fellow warrior, Aliya, and they had a son, Tyler. Unfortunately, Aliya was murdered by Stryfe, though Cable pursued him back to the 20th century. In this time, Cable founded Six Pack, a mercenary team, and also reorganized the New Mutants into X-Force.
The X-Force often found aid in the wisecracking Deadpool (Wade Wilson) who, despite his selfish nature, developed a semi-honorable partnership with Cable, and even saved his life once or twice. Once, Cable devolved into an infant; Deadpool rescued the baby from Mister Sinister and Cable soon returned to his true age.