Last week, we learned from Deadpool director Tim Miller that Fox might have lost the rights to villain Taskmaster back to Marvel. This has been apparently followed up by ComicBook.com, who have checked with sources that indeed this happened back when Daredevil reverted back to Marvel. Something that we had kind of assumed but nothing official was ever revealed about it.
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.
Funny enough, the two characters along with Wilson Fisk and Elektra were apart of the rights package, that went back to Marvel at the same time. This doesn’t automatically mean that Anthony Masters has to be apart of Defenders or a third Daredevil season. Luckily, Marvel can do whatever they want with these characters, which allows them to be super creative with their introductions and incorporation into the MCU.
There’s plenty of projects where they could place him, some include things like Ant-Man and The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War (is also an Avengers baddie), Thunderbolts, or his own Taskmaster solo flick.
Fox initially wanted to make a solo film, rather than just placing him in another film as a straight-up villain. Joe Carnahan (A-Team, The Grey, The Black-List, Narc) developed the project before attempting to reboot Daredevil for them.
I’d rather see Marvel not waste him on the ABC shows, if only because he’s better suited for the films and the more mature Netflix platform. We’ve seen Marvel Television use returned characters like Daredevil and Punisher for their Defenders series. There are already rumors rumbling that Marvel is strongly considering including other returners like Moon Knight and Blade for the second wave build-up, maybe Tony Masters could join that second wave?
If Marvel Television did attempt a Shadowland-like storyline for Defenders that had The Hand‘s war with Chaste becoming a major threat for the streets of New York, it might be reason enough to bring hired-gun Taskmaster into the fold to help. He could also make a good secondary character in the Iron Fist series, potentially taking the place of Orson Randall or a semi-villain alongside Steel Serpent.
SOURCE: COMIC BOOK