Ever since Deadpool had been taken under the wing of Disney, there has not been much news about the third installment of the series. This however changed when Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was announced to return in Deadpool 3. Ever since the news came out, Ed Skrein, the actor who played the villain Ajax in Deadpool, conveyed his wish to someday return to the franchise as well.
The actor who played the antagonist responsible for experimenting on Wade Wilson, giving him his powers and changing his life completely commented on how he would love to play the character of Francis Freeman again in future Deadpool movies.
Ed Skrein’s Potential Return In Deadpool 3
Playing the character of Ajax, who was killed off in the first Deadpool movie by Wade Wilson upon learning that the cure Deadpool was hunting for did not truly exist, Ed Skrein‘s character has a good reason to find himself in further installments of the franchise. Ajax has often returned from the dead in the Marvel comics with the vendetta of killing the smart-mouthed anti-hero.
Ryan Reynolds‘ debut as the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was not well received by the audience as Fox had then decided to mute the character known for his quips. Even after that, the first Deadpool movie faced multiple problems and delays due to its need to be R – rated. The problems stopped after the release of their first movie with the smashing success that it was.
“I would be so happy to leave it as what it is. It would be the happiest thing ever to just move on and I’d be super happy to go back.”
Ed Skrein talked about how working with Reynolds would be a great experience too, and how the team that is being developed for the upcoming movie is great with Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, and Shawn Levy.
Ed Skrein’s Vision For Ajax In Deadpool
With Ed Skrein wanting to return in the role, he has his own vision of how, if Ajax were to return, would his comic accurate comeback be. The two arch-rivals ‘murder’ one another frequently in the Marvel Comics, thus there is precedent for the character’s reappearance, despite Wade comically shooting Ajax in the head during Colossus’ lecture about mercy near the conclusion of Deadpool. Skrein suggests that Ajax might return wearing the comic book outfit that wasn’t in the movie.
Regarding the circumstances of his return, given that he was killed by Deadpool, it would make sense for Ajax to make a second appearance in order to exact revenge on the anti-hero. He might also be motivated by his desire to track down and execute any remaining members of the Weapon X project, as depicted in the comics. Skrein claims that he would take on the role once again, but the potential return looks unlikely for the moment.
Ed Skrein could also perhaps find another role within the MCU for himself. Much like Josh Brolin, Gemma Chan, and Michelle Yeoh, Skrein too could be part of multiple MCU storylines. Brolin played Cable in Deadpool 2 and Thanos in the MCU. Gemma Chan played Doctor Minerva in Captain Marvel and then bagged the lead as Circe in Eternals. Michelle Yeoh played Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Ying Nan in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. So to see Ed Skrein in another role might not be so difficult.
Source: Screen Rant