Fans has now gotten their first look at the upcoming Deadpool movie, as well as the world that Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with the Mouth will inhabit. Wade Wilson/Deadpool may be the star of his movie, but he is far from the only noteworthy Marvel comic books-born character who shall make an appearance in the film.
One such character is the villainous Ajax, and actor Ed Skrein – star of the Transporter franchise reboot The Transporter Refueled – has said that he not only aspired to portray the character effectively, but assures that his take on the character will fall in line with fan expectations (based on the comic book iteration of the character).
In an interview with HeyUGuys (see above), actor Ed Skrein talked about the joy of bringing the villainous Ajax to the big screen, and doing so in a faithful manner. As the film explores Deadpool’s origins – when Wade Wilson entered the Weapon X program – a similar emphasis will be placed on the origins of Ajax himself (although it remains unclear if the film will actually be referring to the program as “Weapon X”), as Skrein noted:
It’s faithful in terms of the beginning part of Ajax when he was in the workshop… Fans of the comics will know that later on he comes back with an all singing, all dancing big shiny suit; we haven’t explored that section.
The actor further emphasized that the film is “primarily about Deadpool,” and as such will not provide Ajax with an equally through measure of exploration. Skrein’s comments indicated the character will not obtain his iconic battle suit in the Deadpool movie, but his characterization – impulsive, immature, and generally irritable – will prove familiar to comic book readers. Could it be that the emphasis on the characters origins (without seeing him fully realized) will be explored enough to lay the foundation for a proper version of Ajax to appear in a Deadpool film sequel?
Such emphasis on fidelity to the source material is a big selling point for the Deadpool movie, as a means of furthering distancing this project from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (and its take on Wade Wilson). Reynolds’ Deadpool suit, for example, is one of the more accurate depictions of a comic book outfit in live-action form. Likewise, a newly recast Colossus (Andre Tricoteux) looks considerably more like his comic book counterpart than Daniel Cudmore’s version from past X-Men films. This also bodes well for the possibility of not just Ajax, but characters like Vanessa Carlysle/Copycat (Morena Baccarin) getting a fair treatment here – and maybe beyond, depending on how well the Deadpool movie plays with the filmgoing masses.
Of course, just because a depiction is “faithful” does not mean they will transition from page to screen with no changes. Skrein’s Ajax could act true to his origins, and die in Deadpool, without ever putting on his suit. Fingers crossed, that doesn’t happen, though.
Deadpool arrives in theaters on February 12th, 2016, followed by X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27th, 2016, Gambit on October 7th, 2016, Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 (?) on June 9th, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.