The undead cyborg solider Deathlok could be heading back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner than you think.
In a recent breakdown of iconic comic book antiheroes like Deadpool and Deadshot, Deadline suggested that Marvel Studios was considering using Deathlok in an undisclosed production in the near future.
While Marvel has had several Deathloks over the years, the original one was created by Doug Moench and Rich Buckler in 1974. Luther Manning was a Detroit native who was killed in a brutal battle and revived as a cyborg. Despite numerous revamps and reinterpretations, that same general origin has remained the basis for most of Marvel's Deathloks over the years.
If this vague rumor proves to be true, it wouldn't be the first time Deathlok entered the MCU. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok appeared in the show in its first season, played by J. August Richards.
While this rumor doesn't specify whether Deathlok could appear in a series or film, Richards took to Twitter to campaign for the role.
I know there’s little precedent for the actor from TV to reprise the role on screen but I’m going to fight to keep playing him! I invested everything I had into the character and I am still emotionally connected to him. I really want to play the part!!! #RichardsforDeathlok https://t.co/d5BL7GaIjj— J. August Richards (@jaugustrichards) March 30, 2019
Throughout the 90s, Deathlok was a project that went in and out of production. Most notably, Randall Frakes (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) wrote a script for a proposed feature that ultimately never came to fruition.
Given the unspecific nature of this rumor, it should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. Any and all rumors about Marvel's Phase 4 plans, especially following the Disney acquisition of Fox, which brought thousands of characters into the MCU's potential catalog, needs to be read as mere rumor. Beyond the quickly approaching releases of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the future of the MCU, and whether or not it involves Deathlok, remains a mystery.