If Ryan Reynolds can get another shot at a Marvel comic book movie after his character (Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool) was ruined in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine by outside forces, then so too should the other guy who played the character as well. We're referring to action star and martial arts master Scott Adkins who's reportedly joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a role in Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange is the second film of Phase 3 of the MCU and it began shooting last week in Nepal, with unofficial photos from the set revealing stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in character for sequences early in the film, before Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
Adkins' role has yet to be identified but The Wrap's insider reports that he'll have multiple action sequences that'll make use of his hand-to-hand combat skills. Given the changes to locations and the ethnicities of certain characters from the comics, Adkins could be playing a villainous henchman; a version of Wong, a martial arts master who ends up loyally serving Doctor Strange, or even one of the disciples of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) - the character Strange seeks out to learn the mystic arts.
There's also the possibility that he's playing Kaecilius, an agent of Baron Mordo (Ejiofor) who is rumored to appear in the film's prologue set in 1968. Mordo is the antagonist of the film like he is in the comics and animated feature, which would see Adkins fighting against Doctor Strange. And without a doubt there will be some hopeful fan speculation that Adkins is Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist, since the actor has popped up on quite a few casting wishlists over the years for the character - a character Marvel TV is finding a challenging time adapting to their Netflix plans, and a character who just so happens to be rumored to crossover with Doctor Strange.
Scott Adkins, a passionate fan of Bruce Lee since he was a child, has trained in multiple martial arts since he was a kid. While he's been acting for nearly two decades, he's been involved in many high-profile films in recent years - becoming a fan-fave badass for his practical on screen action abilities and fight choreography. As we mentioned up top, Adkins doubled for Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in the first Wolverine solo movie, had roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2, Zero Dark Thirty, The Legend of Hercules, and is the lead of the Ninja franchise.
The British actor re-teams with Ryan Reynolds again in next year's Criminal alongside an ensemble of familiar comic book movie stars (Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Antje Traue). That film releases in April, about eight months before Doctor Strange opens in theaters.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; Black Panther - February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: The Wrap