‘Deadpool 2’: Ajax Actor Ed Skrein Wants Taskmaster for the Villain

     June 13, 2016

When it comes to Deadpool 2, we know very little. Ryan Reynolds will obviously return as the Merc with the Mouth alongside director Tim Miller and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, while the first film’s post-credits scene teased the inclusion of the bionic-armed Cable. That’s not much to go on, but while we wait for more information to come to light, actor Ed Skrein has an idea for who the new villain should be.

Ajax (a.k.a. Francis) is unlikely to return to the fray, but Skrein said he’d like to see Deadpool battle the Taskmaster in the sequel. The character’s ability in the comics was dubbed “photographic reflexes,” meaning he could mimic the abilities and movements of those around him. Turning to crime, he assumed the name Taskmaster and his skull-mask costume after becoming a trainer for would-be supervillains.


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While it’d be interesting to see Taskmaster fight Deadpool with his own moves, Skrein told IGN of his interest from a psychological standpoint.

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.

A release date hasn’t been announced for Deadpool 2 at this time, though Fox staked out a few future release slots for a possible theatrical premiere.


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