In January 2010, when screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick began working on Deadpool, Taskmaster was included in the script. But because Deadpool ended up stuck in development hell at 20th Century Fox for four years, the movie rights to Taskmaster reverted back to Marvel Studios.
Director Tim Miller still wanted to use Taskmaster, a character he loves and calls a "total f**kin’ badass," so he contacted Marvel about reacquiring the character's rights, but gave up once he learned how costly it would be. Thus, Taskmaster was removed from the script.
However, now that Deadpool has grossed well over $700 million at the global box office and ignited a new comic book movie franchise at Fox, it seems reasonable to believe the studio could, and should, pony up the dough to bring in Taskmaster for a Deadpool sequel.
Ed Skrein, who played the villainous Ajax (a.k.a. Francis) and is a big comic book aficionado, recently explained why he would like to see Taskmaster in a Deadpool sequel.
“The Taskmaster is just you know, so fun” Skrein told IGN. “To see Taskmaster and Wade Wilson/Deadpool together is so funny – watching them play in the Daniel Way collection they have these incredible riffs. He's a mercenary like Wade Wilson but he's a mercenary without morals. The only redeeming factor of Deadpool is his morals, right? Taskmaster does not have those morals so he back-stabs and stuff like that.
“He's a hilarious character, and he looks so cool, you know? The skull head, the hood, and his superpower is he can copy anyone's fighting style; can you imagine that visually? If he fought Deadpool and started whipping things around and doing all the flips, and then he fought Wolverine? It would be phenomenal - he's an incredible character.”
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The film was directed by Tim Miller, based on a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The cast features Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Ed Skrein as Francis Freeman/Ajax, T. J. Miller as Weasel, Gina Carano as Angel Dust, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Stefan Kapičić as the voice of Peter Rasputin/Colossus.