The Internet is exploding today with news that everyone’s favorite skull-faced, mimic-based superperson could exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Okay, maybe that’s overstating things a bit, but, for being a relative unknown character in the mainstream media, Taskmaster has played a huge role in the Marvel comics. Since his debut fighting the Avengers, Taskmaster has fought most major heroes in the Marvel comics. He has trained some major Marvel characters, including Crossbones and Spider-Woman. He played a role in the Civil War storyline and most crossover events thereafter. He has even been transformed from a villain into something of an anti-hero. In short, there’s a lot of places to fit Taskmaster in the MCU and some recent information indicates that that could very well happen.
As Heroic Hollywood points out and goes on to corroborate, a recent quote from Deadpool director Tim Miller suggests that the movie rights to a certain prolific villain have reverted from 20th Century Fox back to Marvel.
I’d love to see Deadpool fight Batman – no, I’m just kidding, that’s not even in the Marvel family! I’d love to see Deadpool go up against Taskmaster who’s another Marvel total f*****’ badass. But if I was to stay inside the Fox family, I would like to see him fight X-23, the female Wolverine. The female clone of Wolverine.
It appears that Taskmaster may have a future in the MCU. He could be used anywhere from a secondary villain like Crossbones and Batroc to the main villain in a Spider-Man or Ant-Man movie, perhaps. Heck, he once shot Reed Richards!
Within the past decade, the movie rights to many characters have thankfully come home to Marvel. While there are no plans for Blade or Ghost Rider yet, we have already seen Marvel do right by Daredevil and the Punisher is soon to follow. This isn’t even mentioning the biggest character to return to Marvel (somewhat, anyway), which we’ll witness when we see Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in just a few months.
Is it too much to hope that the immense box office success of sharing Spider-Man for Sony inspires 20th Century Fox to consider a similar deal? They can keep the X-Men. Aside from the occasional The Last Stand or Origins: Wolverine, Fox is doing pretty well with the mutants (at least as long as Bryan Singer is involved), so let them keep the X-Men. But for the love of all that is good and holy, can they stop wasting the Fantastic Four? If they do choose to do another Fantastic Four movie, maybe they could spare us another sad attempt at Doctor Doom and have the Fantastic Four battle their true arch-nemesis, 20th Century Fox itself!
Via: Heroic Hollywood