Ideas for a Taskmaster movie

Posted by Strider92 (15262 posts) - - Show Bio

Well lets face it unless Tasky appears in Avengers as an enemy (unlikely given the caliber of enemy they are going for there) or in Deadpool as an enemy (would be likely if Deadpool wasn't stuck in production limbo) he isn't going to have a big screen appearance which is a shame really because as both a hero and a villain he could turn out a very good film if given the chance. So here's how I would do it:

Design:

UDON Taskmaster
Classic Taskmaster

Now I like Taskmaster's original costume. I think the skull-mask, cape etc.... are all awesome....In the comic world!!! When it comes to costumes some of them just don't work on the big screen. They look poorly put together or sometimes downright weird. For example I found Captain America's suit in the Avengers a bit stupid really.

So as much as i'd like to see the original Taskmaster suit I have a feeling that it would be one of those suits that just wouldn't work on screen. However that isn't Tasky's only suit we have the one that was given to us by UDON which was brilliant and has that modern techy feel about it. Another reason I would favor UDON's suit here is because of the gadgets Taskmaster had with it. The image inducer for example is something a top tier assassin should have to slip around unnoticed or the weapons generator that allowed him to copy other people's fighting equipment (Spider-man's webs, Wolverine's claws, Cap's shield etc...). Whether they copy UDON's design exactly (unlikely as movies always like to do their own thing) or not it should definitely be the basis for his suit.

Plot:

As I said before one of the great things about Taskmaster is he walks that grey line between good and evil. Thus you have a lot of room to play with him character wise. One problem is fitting him into the Marvel timeline as we already have the Avengers and other Marvel-verse movies so establishing a timeline is key. There are multiple ways of creating a plot for Taskmaster this is just my idea for it:

New head of SHIELD

The whole movie takes place a few years before the Avengers before movies like Iron Man, Thor etc.... Nick Fury has just become head of SHIELD and of course to prove he is up to the challenge wants to make his mark. HYDRA as we saw in Captain America the first Avenger is actually still operating under the radar in modern times but has evolved beyond a simple R&D department into a fully fledged terrorist organization. Fury decides that HYDRA must be dealt with and sends in his best agent and current SHIELD drill master at the time Tony Masters. His task is to infiltrate HYDRA and feed information back to SHIELD. Before however Masters agrees to undergo a procedure designed to increase his memory, cognitive functions and give him an eidetic memory. This would mean that he would be able to remember anything he saw in HYDRA without the need to steal files and risk discovery.

Months after he is posted in HYDRA things start to go wrong. The expansion of his mind allowed him to retain huge amounts of information however gradually he starts losing the rest of his memories as the vast amounts of information he stored from HYDRA overwrites everything else until one day he wakes up with no memory of SHIELD at all and believe's himself to be a HYDRA agent. So of course doesn't feed Fury anymore information. Fury assumes when Taskmaster stops making contact that he was compromised and killed. Due to his ability to instantly remember anything he see's (including fighting styles) Masters is chosen by the current head of HYDRA, Kraken to train HYDRA agents including his adoptive daughter Viper and is given the UDON style stealth suit and gadgets as a gift for his services. After a while Kraken notices that SHIELD has somehow gained information on HYDRA due to SHIELD agents appearing at key points in HYDRA business transactions and assign's Taskmaster to find out who the leak is and plug it. During his digging Taskmaster comes across a video surveillance tape that had been modified in such a slight way that anyone but him would probably have missed it. He manages to pull up the original surveillance tape and is horrified to see himself breaking into HYDRA security systems and stealing information with the use of a flash drive and hiding it in his quarters (when the video was taken Masters was panicking as he realized he was losing his memory and knew the only sure way of keeping the information was to store it somewhere other than his head. His panic was what caused him to poorly edit the video).

The new best operatives

Unfortunately for Taskmaster as he hadn't been expecting to see himself there he'd played the video in the presence of Kraken and other HYDRA members. Of course they quickly turn on him and Taskmaster is forced to fight his way out just before stopping by his quarters and taking the flash drive with him. SHIELD however had been keeping tabs on HYDRA bases mainly due to Fury's guilt at getting Tony killed. As Taskmaster flees the HYDRA base a SHIELD agent's scanner picks up the flash drive as a piece of SHIELD technology. Upon informing Fury that someone just came out of HYDRA with a piece of SHIELD tech he sends a squad of agents after Taskmaster (of course due to the suit Nick doesn't recognize him as Masters). Both HYDRA and SHIELD then proceed to hunt down Taskmaster. HYDRA to kill him for his betrayal and retrieve the information on the flash drive and SHIELD to obtain the piece of tech they know was Master's and most likely has more HYDRA information on it. During the course of the film he gradually begins to remember who he is as he breaks into the flash drive and seeing the information stored there. When Fury realizes that his agents are failing to recover the drive he sends in his two new best operatives to hunt down Taskmaster. Black Widow and Hawkeye.

By now Taskmaster is fed up of people trying to kill him and lures both HYDRA and SHIELD into one area (heck you be clever and make that place somewhere in Budapest to match the quote from the Avengers about Black Widow and Hawkeye having a lot of trouble there). Which breaks out into a fight. The black and white video we see in The Avengers movie of Black Widow and Hawkeye fighting side by side could have been taken during this battle as we don't see who is shooting at them (another good way to tie in the Avengers). During the chaos of the fight Taskmaster tracks down Kraken and kills him knowing that is the only way to get HYDRA to leave him alone.

After the fight only Taskmaster, Black Widow and Hawkeye are left standing and the duo attack Taskmaster not knowing who he is. During the fight Black Widow see's how he predicts their every movement and that he knows exactly how she fights. This leads to a flashback and she realizes who he is as Black Widow was just an initiate before Taskmaster disappeared and he had been the drill master at SHIELD at the time thus Taskmaster had been her trainer after Barton had brought her into SHIELD. Realizing this is why they aren't beating Taskmaster she stops the fight just as more SHIELD agents arrive. Now knowing exactly who he is Taskmaster gives Fury the flash drive but still holding a grudge against Fury for just leaving him for dead says he wants nothing more to with SHIELD. The film ends with Taskmaster becoming a mercenary and Viper now the new head of HYDRA is seen over Kraken's dead body vowing to find Taskmaster and kill him for betraying them.

The part about how Taskmaster gained his powers and about him being a SHIELD agent is only revealed nearer the end of the film so that through the whole thing you are basically in the same boat as Taskmaster. Two agencies are hunting him and you have no idea whats going on until later on where it pieces together. This is of course a very very basic outline and there are so many other ways this could be done.

Creative team:

Director: There's only one person who can direct a film about an amnesiac killer and make it stunning and thats Paul Greengrass the director of The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum. I can see a Marvel/Bourne hybrid looking absolutely awesome. Greengrass knows how to deal with characters exactly like this!

Stunt/Fight Choreographer: Nicholas Powell. He was the fight choreographer for the Bourne Identity and won best fight choreography for it. He has also won multiple other awards in this are for different films. Some of his work includes: Push, War, 28 Days Later and the Last Samurai. My hope is that he would give Taskmaster the brutal efficiency in hand to hand he is known for.

Cast:

Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye can all be reprised by the actors that were in The Avengers.

Taskmaster: Matt Mullins

I'm a big fan of taking largely unknown actors and giving them a shot. I think Mullins would do a good job as Taskmaster. Reason one is because ontop of being an actor he is a very good martial artist. Another is because of when I saw him in Blood and Bone. The character he played in that (Price) resonated cockyness and suaveness which is exactly how Taskmaster acts in his confrontations. I watched that scene again and I could see him pulling of Taskmasters fighting style and personality brilliantly. For those of you who haven't seen it here is the scene I was referring too:

Kraken: Liam Neeson

Neeson has experience in playing comic book bad-guys in charge of a lot of men *cough*Batman*cough* he also has quite a bit of experience with fighting and action scenes he would play Kraken well in my opinion.

Viper: Diane Kruger

I think she would do a good job as Viper you'll have to imagine her with her hair dyed green lol. She's a pretty solid all round actress.

Conclusion:

This was just my take on what route they should take. What I said earlier basically summed it up a Marvel/Bourne hybrid. A Taskmaster stand alone movie is most likely never ever going to happen even though people have expressed interest in the past: http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/102138-exclusive-joe-carnahan-on-taskmaster-and-preacher I'm just hoping Marvel doesn't fall into the trap only using characters like Iron Man, Thor etc... because there are so many other characters out there that would make great movies an yet they are pushed to one-side in favor of the big guns.

So in a sense while I have used Taskmaster as the example here, this post is mainly about how other lesser known characters if given the chance are just as interesting as the more mainstream ones. However Marvel have been a lot more supple than DC in this area so if any company is going to make a film of one of their lesser known characters I would put my money on them. Not to mention it gives you an opportunity to pad out the universe by including other characters such as Black Widow, Nick Fury etc... and giving more information on how they got where they are today. Anyway this had just been rolling around my head for a bit so I decided to put it out there.

#1 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (3664 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay...The plot`s obviously rough on the edges, and I wouldn`t necessarily want to see it. It`s okay, though.

I have to agree that more obscure characters should also be used.

#2 Edited by dondave (26782 posts) - - Show Bio

@strider92 Amazing. If I was Marvel I'd pick this up

#3 Posted by Strider92 (15262 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave: Why thank you :). It was just something whirling round in my head. I really want to see lesser known characters in a movie. If someone like Elektra can get a solo (yes it was crap but thats not the point lol) why not Tasky?

#4 Edited by themimegogo (34 posts) - - Show Bio

What do you guys think of Travis Love being casted to play him on the upcoming Agents of SHEILD show?

#5 Edited by Bazdan (34 posts) - - Show Bio

@themimegogo: Dude, I'm pretty sure that was debunked the same day it went viral at the end of May. It was a false rumor from IMDb that got promptly denied. I want Taskmaster to be in Agents of Shield but there is no evidence that he will be, and if he is, there is no official word that he would be played by Travis Love. As for what I think? He's too bulky, I've only ever seen him before in The Walking Dead, and nothing about that performance made me think of Taskmaster. Travis seems like a good guy, and if he gets a part in Agents of Shield then more power to him, the more employment for him the better. But seriously, I would never cast him as Taskmaster.

@strider92: As long as I’m here, I guess I should comment on the actual topic of this thread: I like it. I agree with what kfhrfdu_89_76k is saying in regard to the plot being rough. Also you need somehow find time to introduce Taskmaster, make him a redeemable/likable character in the audience’s eyes (I imagine making a killer belonging to a terrorist organization likable could be rather difficult), and then give him his mission. Also, he needs at least someone to talk to throughout the film if he’s going to get any character development, unless he talks to the audience/himself.

If I were to make alterations, I think it would be best to start Taskmaster off as the instructor with his suit already acquired. If there’s gonna be decent pacing while taking time to explain his abilities and situation through flashbacks and self-discovery, along with the general plot of finding the leak and being on the run, he needs to be assigned to that within the first 15 minutes of the film so that we can focus on the mystery of him finding out who he is, rather than getting to know his cosy life at Hydra. Also, the film needs to have a clear starting sequence, so either an action scene or maybe some kind of narration/monologue from Taskmaster himself first (or have Kraken explain in a training demonstration). Take this opportunity to make him likable/relate-able and then have this lead to his assignment. Really after this point the only thing I’d want improved is how he’s found out, the bad tape seems surprisingly sloppy for Taskmaster. I get that that’s what you were going for, him being sloppy from stress and his brain turning to mush, but I feel that there could be tighter explanations for them finding out his secret. Also, Fury sending a only single agent with the intention of bringing Hydra down, when that man is their drill instructor. If he already had his photo-graphic reflexes then he’d have been irreplaceable as a drill sergeant, if it was a side-effect of the serum then any agent would have sufficed.

All that baloney aside though, for a “very very basic outline” this is amazing. I know that what I've been saying here is beside the point, because you weren't trying to write the definitive Taskmaster movie script, but rather to express the basic idea that B-listers could make fantastic films, and on that note I’m sold (if you couldn't tell). Hell, I’d reorganize what you've done here into a cohesive short story/script if it weren't for the fact that I think I’d enter a state of depression, realizing that this isn't actually likely to happen. :(

Final notes: I had never heard of Matt Mullins, yet I concur with your choice. After watching that clip he’s the best candidate to play Tasky that I've seen so far. I also appreciate how you put emphasis on wanting a choreographer who would make his fight scenes brutal.

#6 Posted by themimegogo (34 posts) - - Show Bio

@bazdan It was debunked???? *wow* ok im relieved to hear that.

#7 Posted by Bazdan (34 posts) - - Show Bio

@themimegogo: Yep, there was this tweet:


In the responses to that, he was asked which rumor he was referring to, due to the ambiguous nature of his tweet (although Travis playing Taskmaster was the only rumor floating around at the time), to which he responded:

After this, sites such as ComicBookMovie (which is the example I am listing here), edited their articles on the rumor to reflect the news (just search "Travis Love Taskmaster" into Google, the article I'm referring to should be your first result):

"UPDATE: We've been duped! It turns out that this particular piece of news originated from IMDb and ABC has since confirmed that Love is NOT playing Tony Masters, a.k.a. Taskmaster."

Some sites made new articles about it instead. As far as I'm aware there's been no official word on the matter since. :)

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