As part of Marvel Studios’ continuing push to get as many Marvel Characters on the big screen as possible, cyborg super hero Deathlok was set to get his own movie!
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Marvel Studios and Crystal Sky Productions would have worked together producing a movie for Paramount, based on Marvel’s super-soldier-cyborg created during the 1970s. Deathlok would have been the focus of a story that saw an ordinary suburban man become the test subject for some technological research that over time would have turned him into a living computer!
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
During the early 90s (before the huge comic-book movie explosion) Deathlok reached the script stage with screenwriter Randall Frakes working on a draft for a potential movie; but nothing came of it. Ever keen to keep trying, during the early ‘noughties’ Marvel Studios teamed up with Crystal Sky Productions and hired Stu Zickerman and Raven Mentzner to write another script with Lee Tamahori attached to direct. A few years passed and Road To Perdition scribe David Self was brought in to rewrite Zickerman and Mentzner’s script, whilst Marvel Studios big-cheese Avi Arad talked up the ‘man Vs technology’ angle of the movie, to create some box-office buzz. Meanwhile Tamahori dropped out, but was replaced by Paul McGuigan, who then dropped out too.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Deathlok was not your typical Marvel character and arguably a movie about him would have offered at least something different from what became a similar run of super hero movies during the noughties. However Avi Arad’s comments about what the story for Deathlok was concerned with (man and machine) seemed a bit dated and already covered two decades earlier in films such as The Terminator (1984) and Robocop (1987).
BUT WHAT IF?
If Deathlok had made it to screens (at some point during the noughties) with a tale about man merging with technology, the film would have created a huge debate about the human race’s constant reliance on techno-wizardry. TV talk shows would have made it the topic of discussion and newspapers would have featured damning headlines such as ‘Techno Takeover’ and ‘VCR Ate My Hamster’. From that point on thanks to an increased fear of technological developments, man (and woman) would have abandoned the use of mobile phones, laptops, microwave ovens and hairdryers in favour of cooking their food over open fires and communicating via smoke signals. This would have restricted the amount of free-time each person had during an average day, as every task would have taken longer to achieve, but on the plus side it would have meant not having to reprogram the digital alarm clock following a power cut. Eventually without technology man (and woman) would have become feral creatures living off the land, foraging for survival and the marvellous iPhone would have never existed. It would have truly been a disastrous outcome.