Marvel Studios Regains Rights To Another Comic Book Character

Marvel Studios Regains Rights To Another Comic Book Character

By Amanda Joyce Jan 01, 2016 03:45 PM
Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel

If you know your comic book movies, you probably know that which studios have the rights to which comic book characters gets a little complicated, especially when it comes to the Marvel comic books. While Marvel Studios has built their franchise around the Avengers, FOX has done the same around the X-Men, but there are plenty of characters Marvel leased to FOX that they haven’t used yet, and it looks like one of those characters is now back in the Marvel fold.

Taskmaster is a character that FOX had the rights to along with the X-Men characters, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Wolverine, and Silver Surfer. All of the characters originate on the pages of Marvel comics, but Taskmaster is the one who has never appeared in a FOX film, and it seems like he might never get too now.

In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Deadpool’s director Tim Miller discussed which characters he’d like to see the title character go up against in another project, and after joking about Batman, he went on to add, “I’d love to see Deadpool go up against Taskmaster who’s another Marvel total f****** bada**. 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.”

Interestingly enough, Taskmaster has gone up against Deadpool in the comics many times and lost. Taskmaster, AKA Tony Masters, has the ability to mimic the fighting style of anyone he goes up against. He can easily predict and counter his attackers as a result - except for Deadpool, who has no predictable fighting style. A matchup between the two on screen would have been a treat for fans, but if FOX’s deal for the character has indeed lapsed, as Miller implies, then it won’t happen unless it’s renegotiated.

Under the deal that FOX and Marvel have for their comic book characters, FOX is obligated to use the characters they’ve leased on screen within a certain number of years or the deal lapses. It varies depending on the character. Taskmaster doesn’t have a huge fan following, but there have been those few members of the Agents of SHIELD audience clamoring for him to appear on the show. The same is true for Marvel’s Netflix series.

If Marvel chooses to utilize the character on screen, it will likely be in one of their series and not on the big screen. Marvel’s big screen villains tend to be a bit more flashy, and with the superb fight choreography their stunt teams have done on both SHIELD and Daredevil, the shows would be the perfect place for them to try out the villain.

Of course, since Marvel and Fox tend to keep their deals pretty hush-hush, this might not actually be confirmation that Taskmaster is back in the Marvel family. The animated character has been appearing in Marvel’s projects for a couple of years now, but the animated and live action rights differ. We might just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, you can have your fill of Marvel characters on the big and small screens in 2016. Agent Carter returns for its second season in January while Agents of SHIELD will finish its third season beginning in March on ABC. Netflix is playing host to the second season of Daredevil and the first of Luke Cage as well. Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters in May while Doctor Strange will premiere in November. On the FOX side of things, Deadpool lands in theaters in February and X-Men: Apocalypse premieres in May.

Tags: Deadpool (2016), X-Men, Marvel Cinematic Universe
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