We’re still a little thin on the ground when it comes to specific details about Deadpool 2, but there’s certainly been a lot of discussions about Taskmaster appearing in the sequel to the R-rated smash-hit.
In the Deadpool post-credits scene, Ryan Reynolds’s Merc with a Mouth teased the debut of Cable for the second go-around, but Ed Skrein, who played the villainous Ajax in the first film, says he’d love to see Taskmaster.
Taskmaster is a beloved Deadpool character who had the ability to mimic movements of those around him. He’s noted for donning a distinctive skull-mask costume.
Skrein told IGN: “The Taskmaster is just you know, so fun. 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.”
But Taskmaster belongs to…
There’s one crucial setback though: the rights to the Taskmaster character are currently in the hands of Marvel Studios, meaning there’s more chance he’ll appear in an MCU movie than Deadpool 2. For him to appear in the sequel, there would have to be some form of deal struck between Fox and Marvel — and that looks unlikely right now considering the Deadpool 2 script is well underway. We’ll see what happens though.