Or so it seems. Fan favorite Taskmaster has long been one of those Marvel properties whose live-action rights were speculated to be owned by 20th Century Fox, despite his status as a longtime Avengers foe. Not too long ago, A-Team director Joe Carnahan was in talks to develop a Taskmaster movie for Fox. Some of you may remember, Carnahan was also developing a Daredevil movie set in the 70’s which eventually failed to meet its production deadline, making those Daredevil rights revert to Marvel Studios. Carnahan spoke to Superhero Hype back in 2010 about his Taskmaster movie:
“For Alex (Young, producer of “The A-Team”) I was going to do Taskmaster. Originally I wanted to do Juggernaut ’cause I had a really good take on that, and then Taskmaster was something we talked about, and I haven’t discussed it with him for ages, but I would love to get back in. I love the idea of a guy with photographic reflexes, he can see something and repeat it, I thought that was such a cool idea. I think there’s a Moon Knight series where he just beats the sh*t out of Taskmaster and kind of ruined him, and it’s a cool character. I think it might be one of those Marvel characters you really need to reimagine because he’s got the whole skull and cape—it’s a bit grandiose I think—but it would certainly be a cool thing.”
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have long been waiting for Taskmaster to be in the MCU – whether it be in the films or in the TV shows (remember those Grant Ward as Taskmaster hopefuls?) – only to have talks of a possible appearance be discarded by rumors of Fox’s ownership of the character. But a lot has changed regarding Marvel movie rights owned by separate companies in the past 5 years; characters like Punisher, Daredevil, Elektra, Blade, and Ghost Rider have all reverted back to Marvel Studios and it looks like the same thing may be said for Taskmaster. In an interview with Empire about the new Deadpool trailer, director Tim Miller had this to say for Taskmaster:
I’d love to see Deadpool go up against Taskmaster who’s another Marvel total fuckin’ badass. But if I was to stay inside the Fox family, I would like to see him fight X-23, the female Wolverine.
Not exactly an outright confirmation but a concrete indication of where the rights lie nonetheless. It’s safe to say that Taskmaster’s movie rights no longer reside with Fox and may well in fact be with Marvel Studios once more. Fans of Tony Masters rejoice, as a Taskmaster appearance in the MCU can no longer be ruled out! Here’s to hoping we see him in the near future!
Where in the MCU do you want to see a Taskmaster appearance? We’re batting for a Netflix one.