Live-Action Taskmaster Rights Appear To Have Reverted To Marvel Studios

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The live action rights to Marvel Comics villain Taskmaster have reverted back to Marvel Studios, sources tell ComicBook.com

The issue arose recently when Deadpool director Tim Miller made a comment about which other characters he’d like to see Wade Wilson battle on screen. Here’s the quote one more time.

“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 fuckin’ 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.”

Heroic Hollywood picked up on how Miller’s statement about staying “inside the Fox family” with X-23 implies that Taskmaster is not a part of that family. It’s an interesting implication because at one point Fox did have the rights to Taskmaster, and tried to develop a live action project for him that never quite got off the ground. As HH pointed out, this would seem to unofficially imply that Taskmaster’s rights are no longer with Fox.

ComicBook.com's own sources tell us that this is true, and that the Taskmaster rights reverted to Marvel Studios at the same time as the rights to Daredevil.

We’ve previously speculated that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Grant Ward may eventually become the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Taskmaster, but recent events in that show seem to suggest that’s not the case. Could he be used a villain for the Defenders on Netflix instead? Seems like it would be a good fit.

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    • _L0Bo_
    • 3197 Posts in 24 Months

    Haha good, one less at FOX, him being Ward though would have sucked. Maybe Marvel can stick him in some Netflix show or make a small budget direct to DVD movie would be cool.

    • Ryus
    • 365 Posts in 27 Months

    _L0Bo_ said ... (original post)

    Haha good, one less at FOX, him being Ward though would have sucked. Maybe Marvel can stick him in some Netflix show or make a small budget direct to DVD movie would be cool.

    I'd love for them to make a Spider-Woman series and have Taskmaster train her. Plus then he'd be a Marvel Netflix character and could crossover to any other series.

    • _L0Bo_
    • 3197 Posts in 24 Months

    Ryus said ... (original post)

    I'd love for them to make a Spider-Woman series and have Taskmaster train her. Plus then he'd be a Marvel Netflix character and could crossover to any other series.

    ^ That's an awesome idea Ryus, love it ^

  1. He'd actually make a good Captain America villain too. But, yeah... It might be better to use him in the Netflix mini-universe.

    • CB121092
    • 1 Posts in 11 Months

    But.... Taskmaster is a good guy. I suppose they could use the original perspective of TM being an agent of villainy and mercenary. But he was a sleeper agent sent by Nick Fury to dismantle AIM. He is a secret Avenger.

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