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Taskmaster (Anthony "Tony" Masters) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Pérez, the character made his debut in The Avengers #195 (May 1980). Possessing photographic reflexes that allow him to mimic any fighting style at the cost of his long and short-term memory, he has served as an adversary of superheroes such as Captain America, Ant-Man and Spider-Man among others in the Marvel Universe. He is usually depicted as a mercenary hired by numerous criminal organizations to act as a training instructor, and is the biological father of Finesse.

Taskmaster
Taskmaster on the cover of The Avengers #196 (June 1980). Art by George Pérez.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Avengers #195 (May 1980)
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoAnthony "Tony" Masters
SpeciesHuman mutate
Team affiliations
Notable aliases
  • Tasky
  • Contingency T
Abilities
  • Master assassin and tactician
  • Master martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Expert swordsman, marksman and archer
  • Voice mimicry
  • Photographic reflexes

The character has been adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including several animated television series and video games. A female version of Taskmaster named Antonia Dreykov appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Widow (2021), portrayed by Olga Kurylenko.

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The Taskmaster first appeared briefly in The Avengers #195 (May 1980), created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Pérez. making his full debut in Avengers #196 (June 1980).

The Taskmaster appeared in his own limited series Taskmaster #1–4 (2002), which was followed by a supporting role in Agent X #1–15 (2002–2003). The character went on to feature prominently in Avengers: The Initiative as a supporting character in #8–19 (2008–2009) and Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1 (2008) then later as a central character in #20–35 (2009–2010) during the Dark Reign and Siege storylines. Age of Heroes #3 (2010) provided the prologue for the Taskmaster's second limited series Taskmaster vol. 2 #1–4 (2010–2011). In 2011 Taskmaster got his first solo graphic novel collecting a four-issue story—Taskmaster: Unthinkable.

As part of Marvel's 2012–2015 rebranding, Marvel NOW!, Taskmaster joined a new team of Secret Avengers.

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Taskmaster is a mysterious figure believed to have been born in Bronx, New York City. He is able to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses; writers differ on whether this counts as a "super power". He claims to have had this ability since childhood. He is a combat instructor and part-time mercenary. Initially portrayed as a villain, he has also trained U.S. Agent and other neophyte superheroes at the behest of the US government. As a mercenary, he has no ideology except that of his employer. Due to his ability to imitate the techniques and armory of other heroes and villains, Taskmaster has occasionally been used to impersonate other characters.

Tony Masters first demonstrated unusual abilities during childhood. After watching a cowboy show on television, he found himself able to duplicate the sophisticated rope tricks he had just watched the cowboy perform. Psychiatrists explained Tony's abilities to be a form of photographic memory which they called "photographic reflexes". He employed his power several times during his youth for personal gain, most notably when he became a star quarterback of his high school football team after watching one pro football game. Upon graduation, he briefly considered a career as a crime fighter, but opted instead to be a professional criminal, which he perceived to be far more lucrative.

He then began a program of observing the fighting techniques of numerous costumed heroes and villains (using archival television news broadcasts). He initially used his fighting skills to execute several successful grand larcenies, but he had not properly anticipated the dangers involved. He decided to use his stolen capital to establish a center for training aspiring criminals to turn into polished professionals. His goal was to become a supplier for criminal organizations around the world.

Designing a costume with a white cowl and skull mask, he took the name "Taskmaster" and began to train many thugs at criminal academies he had located around the United States. However, his existence was eventually revealed when Pernell Solomon of the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane (a front for one of these academies) used the school's resources to create a clone of himself when the administrator required an organ donation due to possessing an extremely rare blood type; the clone (learning of this fate) managed to contact the Avengers. Taskmaster captured Yellowjacket, the Wasp, and Ant-Man when the Avengers invaded the premises; but the Avengers followed, exposing his front operation. Taskmaster held his own against Captain America and Iron Man, but was subsequently forced to flee after a confrontation with Jocasta since his lack of experience with Jocasta's abilities made it impossible to predict the robot's next move. Taskmaster later established a new training academy in Manhattan, where he battled Spider-Man and Ant-Man, and then escaped. He later used a traveling carnival as a mobile base, where he battled Hawkeye and Ant-Man, and then escaped again. He next trained henchmen for the Black Abbott. Alongside Black Abbott, he battled Spider-Man and Nomad, and escaped yet again.

Deciding to further explore the use of a circus as a front for his academy, Taskmaster took over yet another small outfit, and used it for many months to great success. However, while it was playing a small town in Ohio, the Thing and Vance Astrovik (who would later take the name Justice) assisted a government agent in foiling Taskmaster's activities. While escaping, Taskmaster was captured by a group of U.S. Secret Service agents and taken into custody. There is reason to believe that the Red Skull was behind the Taskmaster's capture, since a group of normal men were able to capture him.[citation needed] Through Douglas Rockwell (the head of the President's Commission on Superhuman Activities), Mr. Smith arranged for Taskmaster to train John Walker in order to make him appear to be the real Captain America. In order to conceal the Red Skull's involvement, Rockwell had the Commission work out a deal to have years taken off Taskmaster's sentence in return for training Walker. After Taskmaster successfully trained Walker, the Red Skull arranged for him to escape from the Commission's detention center so he could continue training lackeys and Red Skull himself.[volume & issue needed]

Taskmaster's more skilled, successful, and notable students include such characters as Crossbones and Cutthroat (both the Red Skull's henchmen), U.S. Agent, Hauptmann Deutschland, Diamondback (Steve Rogers's one-time girlfriend), Spymaster, Spider-Woman, and Agent X. On the other hand, Taskmaster also trains many of his students to serve as low-rent henchmen and cannon fodder. In his early appearances, Taskmaster mentions putting intellect-reducing drugs in the diet of his students. He also routinely sent groups of his more disappointing students to serve as "sparring partners" for the Red Skull, routinely engaging several of them at a time and killing them all (Hauptmann Deutschland infiltrated the academy and used one such session as an opportunity to kidnap Red Skull). He has also employed other supervillains, such as when he hired Anaconda as his academy's calisthenics instructor.[volume & issue needed]

On another occasion, Taskmaster was hired by the Triune Understanding—a religious group secretly masterminding a smear campaign to paint the Avengers as being religiously and racially intolerant—to stage an attack on a Triune facility. Posing as Captain America, he contacted Warbird, Ant-Man, Silverclaw and Captain Marvel, claiming that he needed their help to destroy a Triune building containing a mind-control machine. Although they saw through his deception and subsequently defeated him—thanks to Captain Marvel transforming into Rick Jones mere milliseconds away from Taskmaster, thus causing a complete change of attack before Taskmaster could react—the building was destroyed in the ensuing battle and Taskmaster escaped, leaving the heroes lacking any evidence of their story.

Taskmaster continued to train numerous villains and thugs until the Avengers began to search out and shut down some of his academies across the United States. Taskmaster began to spend more time working as a mercenary in order to make up for the loss of profit. This led him to join Agency X at the behest of his love interest Sandi Brandenberg, in missions from time to time, while continuing to teach at his academies around the world. More recently, Taskmaster is once again seen as a hired mercenary, contracted by the Committee to kill Moon Knight (Marc Spector). Taskmaster was misled with information that Moon Knight was broken, friendless and desiring death. During the conflict these factors all proved to be false as Marc's ex-girlfriend and butler came to Spector's defense and found the will to fight back. Despite his superior fighting abilities, Taskmaster was defeated. Moon Knight then carved off part of Taskmaster's facemask, though left him alive.

Taskmaster also worked at training henchmen to copy fighting styles of specific heroes. Taskmaster unleashed Deathshield (trained to fight like Captain America), Jagged Bow (trained to fight like Hawkeye), and Blood Spider (trained to fight like Spider-Man) to face off against Spider-Man and Solo. The three were defeated, while Taskmaster escaped yet again.

When the "Civil War" broke out, Taskmaster was hired by the government and enrolled into a team of Thunderbolts and given temporary amnesty to take down the Secret Avengers. He later battles the Secret Avengers in New York. He attempts to kill Susan "Sue" Storm, only for Reed Richards to take the bullet. Enraged, Sue crushes him with an invisible telekinetic field, rendering him unconscious. He was sent to the Negative Zone Prison with the other "Major-League" members of the Thunderbolts army such as Lady Deathstrike,[volume & issue needed] but was apparently freed by Deadpool. In order to regain his own reputation as a mercenary, Deadpool frees Taskmaster from his imprisonment to have a showdown with him while potential merc contractors watched from their captive position in a nearby prison. Taskmaster is again referred to as Tasky by Deadpool, and a fight ensues between him and the manacled merc. He mentions his professional ethics, but this simply comes down to deciding to simply maim his opponent rather than kill him. In the end, he is defeated by Deadpool who, in spite of the victory, fails to impress his captive audience. After being thanked for letting him win, Taskmaster tells Deadpool that he had not let him win, "The truth is... You're that good. You've always been that good. Which won't get you a cup of coffee until you figure out how to be a professional..." Taskmaster was given a full presidential pardon for his efforts in testing the security of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, in which he was able to break in and place Deputy Director Maria Hill in his sights. Though he was allowed to leave, a threatening message left in Hill's private bathroom revealed that if he ever desired, infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. would be no difficult feat.[volume & issue needed]

Taskmaster replaces Gauntlet as Camp Hammond's drill instructor and is tasked with training registered superheroes for the Fifty State Initiative. Taskmaster would also be involved in MVP's cloning process inputting (via technology) the original's move set for the Scarlet Spiders as well as the move set of Spider-Man.

Taskmaster is hired by Deadpool to help his old enemy and occasional friend defeat the Thunderbolts. Being disguised as Deadpool, he gets captured and is about to be beheaded when the real Deadpool saves him. Deadpool finally pays him, but he expresses annoyance at being paid from an ATM due to his major villain status.

During the "Dark Reign" storyline, Taskmaster is chosen to lead the Shadow Initiative after the Skrull invasion, with their first mission to take down Hardball's HYDRA cell in Madripoor. Along with Constrictor, Bengal, Typhoid Mary and Komodo, Taskmaster stealthily leads the group into the country, but they are soon discovered by HYDRA. Norman Osborn appoints Taskmaster to train criminals for the new Initiative, to behave like heroes. His first task is to retrain Penance. Also, when Blastaar takes control of the Negative Zone prison 42, Taskmaster is ordered to lead a squad to take the prison back. Later, he gives Night Thrasher a severe bullet wound to the head, allowing Osborn to take Night Thrasher prisoner. When Emma Frost and Namor resign from the Cabal, Taskmaster is offered membership. Taskmaster was present at a meeting when Osborn discusses about Asgard. He is severely wounded at the meeting as a result of an attack by Doctor Doom. While recovering in a hospital, Taskmaster declined to join the Cabal. Osborn cut the oxygen tank next to Taskmaster's bed, reminding him that it was Osborn who plucked him from obscurity. Taskmaster then agrees to join in the siege of Asgard. During the battle, he fights with both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes as Captain America. As Asgard falls, Taskmaster finds Constrictor and the two beat a hasty retreat, but not before Taskmaster taunts Osborn about how Taskmaster helped Deadpool. After Osborn's ultimate defeat, Taskmaster and Constrictor went back to mercenary work.

A false rumor is spread that Taskmaster is leaking information about the criminal underworld to Rogers's new 'heroic' regime. A bounty of $1,000,000,000 is placed on the Taskmaster's head by the mysterious Org. The hordes of AIM, HYDRA, the Secret Empire, ULTIMATUM, the Cyber Ninjas, the Black Choppers, the Trenchcoat Mafia, the Legions of the Living Lightning, the Militiamen, the Sons of the Serpent, and the Inquisition take up the chase to claim the money. Taskmaster, ambushed in a small diner, manages to best his opponents. But the diner's waitress, Mercedes Merced, gets entangled in the saga and is included in the bounty. Taskmaster reveals to Mercedes that his powers cause him to lose his explicit memory, meaning that he cannot remember anything about his personal life, and the only way for the whole ordeal to be over is to re-discover Taskmaster's origins. Taskmaster and Mercedes' quest takes them to Mexico to battle the Don of the Dead, and then to Bolivia to the village where everyone is Hitler. Inside an exact replica of Himmler's Wewelsburg Castle, Taskmaster regains his memories. He remembers being S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Tony Masters that had been sent to Bolivia to terminate Horst Gorscht, the Nazi scientist responsible for a corrupted version of the super-soldier serum. Gorscht had developed a new serum that could unlock the mind's potential to absorb knowledge instantaneously. With Gorscht's serum and test notes destroyed, Masters injected the last of the serum into himself. Having regained these memories, Taskmaster recognizes Mercedes' voice as being the same as 'The Hub', a mysterious voice who works for the Org. Taskmaster shoots Mercedes in the shoulder and threatens to kill her if she doesn't start talking. Mercedes reveals that the Org is a S.H.I.E.L.D. front, and that she is not only an agent, but also Taskmaster's wife. Miles above the Wewelsburg castle in an airship, the Minions' International Liberation Front (a secret group composed of henchmen from all of the major terrorist organizations), led by Redshirt the Uber-Henchman, reveal their deception and plot to rule the criminal underground by using Taskmaster to lead them straight to the Org. Redshirt leads the Minions' International Liberation Front (or the acronym MILF for short) into battle against the Taskmaster and Mercedes. Mercedes convinces the Taskmaster to trust her and work together to fend off the forces of MILF. During the battle, Taskmaster regains his memories of Mercedes and how he fell in love with her. Before they can reconcile, Taskmaster is attacked from behind by Redshirt who has genetically altered his body and mastered superior fighting skills to those of Taskmaster. Redshirt gains the upper hand as the pair push each other to the limits. Mercedes tries to intervene to protect her husband, but is quickly and effortlessly cast to one side. Enraged, Taskmaster attacks Redshirt and delivers a killing blow using Redshirt's own fighting style (which causes Taskmaster to lose his memories once more). Taskmaster, not recognizing Mercedes or his reasons for being there, flees and leaves Mercedes alone once more.[volume & issue needed]

Avengers Academy student Finesse later seeks out Taskmaster, thinking that he may be her long-lost father. When she finds Taskmaster, Finesse ends up sparring with him. After much sparring, Taskmaster finally relents to tell Finesse that he very well might be and most likely is her father, but that the powers to learn so much about others’ movements and techniques have caused him to forget important things in life. Knowing he likely will not remember the conversation in a couple days, Taskmaster tells Finesse that he wanted to fight her so he might remember her.

During the 2011 "Fear Itself" storyline, Taskmaster comes to the aid of Alpha Flight when it comes to forming a resistance against the Unity Party that was formed by Master of the World.

In order for the Masters of Evil to obtain the Crown of Wolves for the Shadow Council, Max Fury hired Taskmaster to retrieve it only for Taskmaster to demand more money for the job and he hid in the Hole. The Secret Avengers went to the Hole in order to get the Crown of Wolves before Fury got his hands on it. This led to a fight between Taskmaster and Agent Venom. However, Taskmaster escaped and returned the crown to Fury, only for Max to apparently kill Taskmaster when he asks for payment. When the crown's effects don't function for Max, Taskmaster takes the crown for himself, which saves his life by making him the Avatar for the Abyss. As the Abyss spreads, the Secret Avengers members Venom and Ant-Man are able to remove the crown and stop the spread, while Taskmaster and the Masters of Evil are left behind when the Avengers leave with Max in their custody.

The criminals of Bagalia imprison Taskmaster and are preparing to offer him up to the highest bidder. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Avengers come to rescue him and offer him a position. As their inside man, Taskmaster is part of the new High Council of A.I.M. as the Minister of Defense. Mockingbird later goes to A.I.M. Island to assist Taskmaster in helping make contact between the Iron Patriot A.I. drones and James Rhodes. After the mission goes south and Mockingbird is left stranded on AIM Island,[volume & issue needed] Taskmaster works undercover to free her.[volume & issue needed] But when he gets the chance to get her off the island, she doesn't respond to anything he says until both are captured. While being interrogated, Taskmaster is shot and seemingly killed by Mockingbird apparently under the control of Scientist Supreme (Andrew Forson). However, Mentallo discovered that Mockingbird purposely missed any vitals and Taskmaster survived.

At the time when Captain America was brainwashed into being a Hydra sleeper agent by Red Skull's clone using the powers of Kobik, Taskmaster later relocated to Bagalia where he became its sheriff.

When Taskmaster and Black Ant (Eric O'Grady's Life Model Decoy counterpart) found out what was done to Captain America to be made into a Hydra sleeper agent, they planned to have a parley with Maria Hill to discuss this with only for the new Madame Hydra (Elisa Sinclair) to get to them first. Impressed with the fighting skills of the two of them, Madame Hydra made them bodyguards.

During the "Secret Empire" storyline, Taskmaster appears as a member of Hydra's Avengers. During the battle in Washington DC, Taskmaster and Black Ant witness their teammate Odinson having enough of working for Hydra and striking them down. The two of them defect from Hydra and free the captive Champions. When Taskmaster and Black Ant asks for them to put in a good word for them, Spider-Man webs them up anyway.

Taskmaster and Black Ant later attack Empire State University where Dr. Curt Connors was teaching a class. As the inhibitor chip prevents Connors into turning into Lizard, Peter Parker sneaks off to become Spider-Man. During his fight with Black Ant and Taskmaster, Spider-Man is exposed to the Isotope Genome Accelerator that splits him from his Peter Parker side.

In a prelude to "Hunted", Taskmaster and Black Ant work with Kraven the Hunter and Arcade in capturing some animal-themed characters for his upcoming hunt. Black Ant and Taskmaster are talking about the Hunt. Taskmaster betrays Black Ant saying that Black Ant is an animal-themed villain and tasers Black Ant to get more money. Lizard finds Taskmaster at the Pop-Up with No Name. Lizard proceeds to poisons him by slipping a poison into her beer. Lizard offers Taskmaster the antidote if he can take Lizard to Central Park. While traveling there, Lizard and Taskmaster defeat Vermin, freeing innocent bystanders. Taskmaster helps put a taser chip in Lizard's body, and takes him to Arcade. Taskmaster frees Lizard from his binds and Lizard tells Taskmaster that the poison will wear off in 24 hours. Taskmaster makes off with Black Ant before Yellowjacket, Human Fly, Razorback, Toad, and White Rabbit can take revenge on him. As they leave, Taskmaster states that Black Ant would've done the same for him. When Black Ant asks "Do you mean the betrayal part or the rescue part?" All Taskmaster can say is "yeah!"

During the "King in Black" storyline, Taskmaster is among the villains recruited by Mayor Wilson Fisk to be part of his Thunderbolts at the time of Knull's invasion. While having argued with Mister Fear over who was the first villain to wear a skull mask, Taskmaster becomes the de facto field leader of the group. Following the deaths of Ampere and Snakehead, Taskmaster couldn't stop Rhino from walking off and tells the remaining members not to help the Manhattan Defenders. He and the Thunderbolts arrive at Ravencroft to meet with Norman Osborn who Mayor Fisk claims can help them defeat Knull.

At the conclusion of "The Chameleon Conspiracy" arc, Foreigner hired Taskmaster and Black Ant to help get revenge on Spider-Man.

During the "Sinister War" storyline, Taskmaster was with Foreigner, Black Ant, Chance, Jack O'Lantern, and Slyde when they are sent by Kindred to attack Spider-Man after Kindred had disrupted their armored car robbery.

During the "Devil's Reign" storyline, Taskmaster appears as a member of Mayor Wilson Fisk's latest incarnation of the Thunderbolts at the time when Mayor Fisk passed a law that forbids superhero activity. He and Whiplash hold the staff of the Daily Bugle hostage to draw out Spider-Man. Taskmaster states that the person who hired him has an incomplete file on Spider-Man as Taskmaster fights Spider-Man up to the point where Whiplash is goaded into attacking him. Despite being weakened by Whiplash, Spider-Man tries to ask Taskmaster if they can take it outside as Taskmaster places an power dampener collar on him and throws him out the window. Spider-Man uses his webbing to slow his descent to the ground as the NYPD operatives move in on him.

Taskmaster injected himself with SS-Hauptsturmführer Horst Gorscht's primer, an elaborate modification of the adrenal steroid cortisol designed to unlock the mind's procedural memory potential. This enhanced Taskmaster's natural ability to absorb knowledge instantaneously. This ability is linked to his muscle memory, allowing Taskmaster to instantly replicate the physical movement of peak-level humans. Taskmaster is not capable of duplicating a physical feat if the effort to do so requires superhuman effort; for instance, while he could view an opponent lifting a car, he could not do so because his body cannot duplicate the superhuman strength. Using these "photographic reflexes", Taskmaster is highly skilled in various forms of combat, as an exceptional martial artist (mimicking Elektra, Iron Fist, Shang-Chi), a skilled swordsman (Black Knight, Silver Samurai, Swordsman), a deadly accurate marksman (Captain America with a shield, Hawkeye with a bow and arrow, the Punisher with firearms, and Bullseye with various projectiles) as well as displaying a strenuously honed athletic ability (Black Panther, Daredevil, Spider-Man). Taskmaster has also demonstrated the ability to use every fighting style he has watched at the same time.[volume & issue needed] Once the Taskmaster has mastered an opponent's physical movements, he can then predict his opponent's next attack. However, one of the few people shown capable of negating Taskmaster's abilities are Deadpool, whose manic personality makes him nearly impossible to predict,; Mister X, who uses his psychic abilities to get the better of Taskmaster in a fight and Slapstick, due to his very flexible cartoony body cause Taskmaster to break his own spine upon copying the hero's ability.; A side effect of the primer is severe declarative memory loss. The more implicit memories (i.e. knowledge and abilities) he learns, the more explicit memories (i.e. personal experience) he loses. Because of his explicit memory loss, the Org (Mercedes Merced) has acted as Taskmaster's surrogate memory, his banker, and his handler for his entire criminal career.

By viewing a video in fast-forward, Taskmaster can learn to replicate human movement at near-superhuman speed. However, this puts his body under intense strain and can only be used for short periods of time. He also has the ability to manipulate his vocal cords to mimic the voices of others. The Taskmaster is also skilled in meditation techniques that allow him to slow his breathing and heart rate and survive for extended periods of time without air, this also means that to the untrained eye he will appear to be dead. He also claims to have learned forensic methods from CIA Agents and Mossad Operatives.[volume & issue needed] Taskmaster is also capable of utilizing chi, but under exceptional circumstances.[volume & issue needed] Taskmaster was once shown to have aquaphobia (the fear of water), but later overcame his fears.

Weaponry

As he is able to replicate numerous fighting techniques, Taskmaster carries an extensive arsenal of weapons on his person, most commonly using a sword and a replica of Captain America's shield. He also carries a bow and a quiver of arrows, a billy club, a lasso, nunchaku, throwing darts, and various firearms. Taskmaster once used a stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. device that was able to create various forms of weaponry (such as arrows and shields) using solid energy.

Alternative versions of the Taskmaster have appeared in various Marvel titles in minor roles.

What If

In a What If? storyline What if... Steve Rogers had refused to give up being Captain America? vol. 2 #3 (1989), the Taskmaster trained the Super-Patriot and the Buckies to replace Captain America.

Avataars: Covenant of the Shield

An alternate version of the Taskmaster appears in Avataars: Covenant of the Shield #1 (2000) where the Marvel Universe is re-imagined in a fantasy setting. In this reality, the Taskmaster is an assassin known as the Deathmaster.

Marvel Universe Millennial Visions 2001

In the Marvel Universe Millennial Visions 2001 (2002) storyline Thunderbolts: Give a Guy a Break, Hawkeye takes it upon himself to force supervillains to seek redemption. The Taskmaster is among the supervillains hypnotized by the Ringmaster and forced to become a member of the Thunderbolts.

JLA/Avengers

In JLA/Avengers #4 (2004), part of the Marvel/DC co-published crossover series, the Taskmaster is among the supervillains to confront Batman, Black Panther, Black Widow and Huntress in the final battle with Krona.

Marvel Apes

A primate version of the Taskmaster appears in the Marvel Apes titles Marvel Apes: Evolution Starts Here #1 (2009), Marvel: Apes: Speedball Special #1 (2009) and Marvel Apes: Grunt Line Special #1 (2009).

Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher

In Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher #4 (September 2010), where the Marvel Universe is infected by a cannibal plague, the Taskmaster is killed when the Red Hulk tears his head off.

Deadpool Max

A female version of Taskmaster appeared in the Marvel Max series Deadpool Max. This version became a mother figure to a young version of Deadpool when she kidnapped his Muskrat troop. She was later revealed to be an operative for United States interest, a potential cult leader and child molester.

House of M

In the House of M reality, the Taskmaster appeared as a member of the strike force known as the Brotherhood. Although not a mutant, he used his abilities to pass as one, since humans (even super-powered humans) were treated as second-class citizens. However, after he was beaten by Luke Cage for the murder of Tigra, he was found to be a human masquerading as a mutant.

Marvel vs. Capcom

The Taskmaster appears in Marvel Vs. Capcom: Fate of Two Worlds #1 (2011) based on his appearance in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds video game. He briefly appears in Latveria, having been hired by Dr. Doom to aid in the invasion of the second Earth and grows increasingly impatient due to Albert Wesker's inability to fully link the two worlds.

Ultraverse

The Taskmaster appears in the Malibu Comics (also known as the Ultraverse) series Siren (1995), Siren #1–3 (1995) and Siren Special #1 (1996) as a supporting character.

Age of Ultron

In the Age of Ultron story, the Taskmaster is depicted as working with the Black Panther and the Red Hulk in Chicago attempting to capture Ultron Sentinel technology. Successful in doing so, Red Hulk holds off the Ultron minions to allow Taskmaster and Black Panther to escape. When Taskmaster tries to run away with one of the Ultron Sentinels, Red Hulk tells him he doesn't trust him, and then kills him.

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel version of Taskmaster appears in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man; this iteration is an African-American mercenary. Hired by Phillip Roxxon, he confronts Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Cloak & Dagger and Bombshell, and displays the ability to absorb and re-channel energy-based superpowers. Taskmaster is eventually defeated by the young amateur superheroes.

Television

Film

Video games

  • Taskmaster appears as a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, voiced by Steve Blum. In his single player ending, he profits off of exercise videos and self-merchandising after defeating Galactus.
  • Taskmaster appears as a playable character in Marvel Heroes, voiced again by Steve Blum.
  • Taskmaster appears as the final boss of Captain America's storyline in Avengers Initiative, voiced again by Steve Blum.
  • Taskmaster appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
  • Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, voiced again by Steve Blum.
  • Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics.
  • Taskmaster appears as a boss in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game, voiced by Roger Craig Smith.
  • Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Marvel Avengers Academy, voiced by Adam Montoya.
  • Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel's Avengers.
  • Taskmaster appears in Marvel's Spider-Man, voiced by Brian Bloom. In a side mission, he sets up a series of challenges around Manhattan to test Spider-Man's abilities while observing him from afar. Once all of the challenges are completed, Taskmaster confronts Spider-Man personally. While the former is defeated, he escapes after revealing he had been hired by a mysterious organization to determine if Spider-Man was worth recruiting.
  • Taskmaster appears in Marvel's Avengers, voiced by Walter Gray IV. This version is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who runs a private mercenary group and has history with Black Widow. He is hired by Monica Rappaccini to hijack the Avengers' new Helicarrier, the Chimera, and steal the Terrigen Crystal powering it. However, his attack on the Golden Gate Bridge, meant to draw attention away from the heist, unearths a Kree Sentry buried beneath the San Francisco Bay Area, resulting in the Helicarrier's destruction and the release of Terrigen Mist, which transforms normal people into Inhumans. During the attack, he is defeated by Black Widow. The Avengers later fight Taskmaster and several clones of him created by A.I.M. in side-missions.
  • Taskmaster appears as a playable character in the mobile game Marvel: Future Fight as part of the Secret Empire update.
  • Taskmaster appears as a purchasable outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Merchandise

  • Taskmaster is the 104th figurine in The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.
  • Taskmaster is the 124th figurine in the "Marvel Pop!" line made by Funko.
  • A figure of Taskmaster was released in series 11 (Legendary Rider Series) of Toy Biz's 6" Marvel Legends line.
  • A figure of Taskmaster was released as part of the exclusive 2007 series of the Marvel Minimates line.
  • A figure of Taskmaster was released in wave 20 of the Marvel Super Hero Squad line, packed with Deadpool.
  • A figure of Taskmaster was released in a two-pack of Marvel Universe figures, part of the series "Marvel's Greatest Battles". Taskmaster comes packaged with Deadpool and a reprinted copy of Cable & Deadpool #36.
  • A figure of Taskmaster was released in the 2014 Lego Marvel Super Heroes set 76018 Hulk Lab Smash.
  • Hasbro released a figure of Taskmaster, based on his second design in Ultimate Spider-Man, in their Marvel Legends Red Onslaught Build-A-Figure line, marketed under the banner "Mercenaries of Mayhem".
  • A figure of Taskmaster modelled after the original comics appearance was released in the 2018 Marvel Legends Avengers: Infinity War Thanos Build-A-Figure line.
  • A figure of Taskmaster modelled after the character's appearance in the MCU was released in the 2020 Marvel Legends Black Widow assortment.

Tabletop games

Title Material Collected Published Date ISBN
Taskmaster: Anything You Can Do... Avengers #195-196, 223; Marvel Team-Up #103 and 146; Thing #26; Amazing Spider-Man #308; Iron Man #254; Daredevil #292-293; Deadpool (vol. 2) #2; Hawkeye: Earth's Mightiest Marksman #1; Avengers (vol. 2) #26; Captain America (vol. 2) #44; material from Captain America Annual #11 March 3, 2020 978-1302921316
Taskmaster: Unthinkable Taskmaster (vol. 2) #1-4 May 18, 2011 978-0785152606
Taskmaster: The Right Price Taskmaster (vol. 1) #1-4, Taskmaster (vol. 2) #1-4, and material from Marvel Comics Presents (vol. 2) #2, Age of Heroes #3 March 31, 2020 978-1302921323
Taskmaster: The Rubicon Trigger Taskmaster (vol. 3) #1-5 July 29, 2021 978-1302921712
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Taskmaster character Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Taskmaster comics For other uses see Taskmaster This article has multiple issues Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page Learn how and when to remove these template messages This article s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise January 2022 Learn how and when to remove this template message This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia s inclusion policy January 2022 Learn how and when to remove this template message Learn how and when to remove this template message Taskmaster Anthony Tony Masters 1 is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics Created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Perez the character made his debut in The Avengers 195 May 1980 2 Possessing photographic reflexes that allow him to mimic any fighting style at the cost of his long and short term memory he has served as an adversary of superheroes such as Captain America Ant Man and Spider Man among others in the Marvel Universe He is usually depicted as a mercenary hired by numerous criminal organizations to act as a training instructor and is the biological father of Finesse 3 TaskmasterTaskmaster on the cover of The Avengers 196 June 1980 Art by George Perez Publication informationPublisherMarvel ComicsFirst appearanceThe Avengers 195 May 1980 Created byDavid Michelinie George PerezIn story informationAlter egoAnthony Tony MastersSpeciesHuman mutateTeam affiliationsA I M Agency X Cabal Frightful Four Initiative Secret Avengers Shadow Initiative S H I E L D ThunderboltsNotable aliasesTasky Contingency TAbilitiesMaster assassin and tactician Master martial artist and hand to hand combatant Expert swordsman marksman and archer Voice mimicry Photographic reflexes The character has been adapted from the comics into various forms of media including several animated television series and video games A female version of Taskmaster named Antonia Dreykov appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Widow 2021 portrayed by Olga Kurylenko Contents 1 Publication history 2 Fictional character biography 3 Powers and abilities 3 1 Weaponry 4 Other versions 4 1 What If 4 2 Avataars Covenant of the Shield 4 3 Marvel Universe Millennial Visions 2001 4 4 JLA Avengers 4 5 Marvel Apes 4 6 Marvel Universe vs the Punisher 4 7 Deadpool Max 4 8 House of M 4 9 Marvel vs Capcom 4 10 Ultraverse 4 11 Age of Ultron 4 12 Ultimate Marvel 5 In other media 5 1 Television 5 2 Film 5 3 Video games 5 4 Merchandise 5 5 Tabletop games 6 Collected editions 7 References 8 External linksPublication history EditThe Taskmaster first appeared briefly in The Avengers 195 May 1980 created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Perez 4 making his full debut in Avengers 196 June 1980 5 The Taskmaster appeared in his own limited series Taskmaster 1 4 2002 which was followed by a supporting role in Agent X 1 15 2002 2003 The character went on to feature prominently in Avengers The Initiative as a supporting character in 8 19 2008 2009 and Avengers The Initiative Annual 1 2008 then later as a central character in 20 35 2009 2010 during the Dark Reign and Siege storylines Age of Heroes 3 2010 provided the prologue for the Taskmaster s second limited series Taskmaster vol 2 1 4 2010 2011 In 2011 Taskmaster got his first solo graphic novel collecting a four issue story Taskmaster Unthinkable As part of Marvel s 2012 2015 rebranding Marvel NOW Taskmaster joined a new team of Secret Avengers 5 Fictional character biography EditThis section may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia s inclusion policy December 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message Taskmaster is a mysterious figure believed to have been born in Bronx New York City He is able to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses writers differ on whether this counts as a super power He claims to have had this ability since childhood He is a combat instructor and part time mercenary Initially portrayed as a villain he has also trained U S Agent and other neophyte superheroes at the behest of the US government As a mercenary he has no ideology except that of his employer Due to his ability to imitate the techniques and armory of other heroes and villains Taskmaster has occasionally been used to impersonate other characters Tony Masters first demonstrated unusual abilities during childhood After watching a cowboy show on television he found himself able to duplicate the sophisticated rope tricks he had just watched the cowboy perform Psychiatrists explained Tony s abilities to be a form of photographic memory which they called photographic reflexes He employed his power several times during his youth for personal gain most notably when he became a star quarterback of his high school football team after watching one pro football game Upon graduation he briefly considered a career as a crime fighter but opted instead to be a professional criminal which he perceived to be far more lucrative 6 He then began a program of observing the fighting techniques of numerous costumed heroes and villains using archival television news broadcasts He initially used his fighting skills to execute several successful grand larcenies but he had not properly anticipated the dangers involved He decided to use his stolen capital to establish a center for training aspiring criminals to turn into polished professionals His goal was to become a supplier for criminal organizations around the world Designing a costume with a white cowl and skull mask he took the name Taskmaster and began to train many thugs at criminal academies he had located around the United States However his existence was eventually revealed when Pernell Solomon of the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane a front for one of these academies used the school s resources to create a clone of himself when the administrator required an organ donation due to possessing an extremely rare blood type the clone learning of this fate managed to contact the Avengers Taskmaster captured Yellowjacket the Wasp and Ant Man when the Avengers invaded the premises 7 but the Avengers followed exposing his front operation Taskmaster held his own against Captain America and Iron Man but was subsequently forced to flee after a confrontation with Jocasta since his lack of experience with Jocasta s abilities made it impossible to predict the robot s next move 6 Taskmaster later established a new training academy in Manhattan where he battled Spider Man and Ant Man and then escaped 8 He later used a traveling carnival as a mobile base where he battled Hawkeye and Ant Man and then escaped again 9 He next trained henchmen for the Black Abbott Alongside Black Abbott he battled Spider Man and Nomad and escaped yet again 10 Deciding to further explore the use of a circus as a front for his academy Taskmaster took over yet another small outfit and used it for many months to great success However while it was playing a small town in Ohio the Thing and Vance Astrovik who would later take the name Justice assisted a government agent in foiling Taskmaster s activities While escaping Taskmaster was captured by a group of U S Secret Service agents and taken into custody 11 There is reason to believe that the Red Skull was behind the Taskmaster s capture since a group of normal men were able to capture him citation needed Through Douglas Rockwell the head of the President s Commission on Superhuman Activities Mr Smith arranged for Taskmaster to train John Walker in order to make him appear to be the real Captain America 12 In order to conceal the Red Skull s involvement Rockwell had the Commission work out a deal to have years taken off Taskmaster s sentence in return for training Walker After Taskmaster successfully trained Walker the Red Skull arranged for him to escape from the Commission s detention center so he could continue training lackeys and Red Skull himself volume amp issue needed Taskmaster s more skilled successful and notable students include such characters as Crossbones and Cutthroat both the Red Skull s henchmen U S Agent Hauptmann Deutschland Diamondback Steve Rogers s one time girlfriend Spymaster Spider Woman and Agent X On the other hand Taskmaster also trains many of his students to serve as low rent henchmen and cannon fodder In his early appearances Taskmaster mentions putting intellect reducing drugs in the diet of his students He also routinely sent groups of his more disappointing students to serve as sparring partners for the Red Skull routinely engaging several of them at a time and killing them all Hauptmann Deutschland infiltrated the academy and used one such session as an opportunity to kidnap Red Skull He has also employed other supervillains such as when he hired Anaconda as his academy s calisthenics instructor volume amp issue needed On another occasion Taskmaster was hired by the Triune Understanding a religious group secretly masterminding a smear campaign to paint the Avengers as being religiously and racially intolerant to stage an attack on a Triune facility Posing as Captain America he contacted Warbird Ant Man Silverclaw and Captain Marvel claiming that he needed their help to destroy a Triune building containing a mind control machine Although they saw through his deception and subsequently defeated him thanks to Captain Marvel transforming into Rick Jones mere milliseconds away from Taskmaster thus causing a complete change of attack before Taskmaster could react the building was destroyed in the ensuing battle and Taskmaster escaped leaving the heroes lacking any evidence of their story 13 Taskmaster continued to train numerous villains and thugs until the Avengers began to search out and shut down some of his academies across the United States Taskmaster began to spend more time working as a mercenary in order to make up for the loss of profit This led him to join Agency X at the behest of his love interest Sandi Brandenberg in missions from time to time while continuing to teach at his academies around the world More recently Taskmaster is once again seen as a hired mercenary contracted by the Committee to kill Moon Knight Marc Spector Taskmaster was misled with information that Moon Knight was broken friendless and desiring death During the conflict these factors all proved to be false as Marc s ex girlfriend and butler came to Spector s defense and found the will to fight back Despite his superior fighting abilities Taskmaster was defeated Moon Knight then carved off part of Taskmaster s facemask though left him alive 14 Taskmaster also worked at training henchmen to copy fighting styles of specific heroes Taskmaster unleashed Deathshield trained to fight like Captain America Jagged Bow trained to fight like Hawkeye and Blood Spider trained to fight like Spider Man to face off against Spider Man and Solo The three were defeated while Taskmaster escaped yet again 15 When the Civil War broke out Taskmaster was hired by the government and enrolled into a team of Thunderbolts and given temporary amnesty to take down the Secret Avengers 16 He later battles the Secret Avengers in New York He attempts to kill Susan Sue Storm only for Reed Richards to take the bullet Enraged Sue crushes him with an invisible telekinetic field rendering him unconscious 17 He was sent to the Negative Zone Prison with the other Major League members of the Thunderbolts army such as Lady Deathstrike volume amp issue needed but was apparently freed by Deadpool 18 In order to regain his own reputation as a mercenary Deadpool frees Taskmaster from his imprisonment to have a showdown with him while potential merc contractors watched from their captive position in a nearby prison Taskmaster is again referred to as Tasky by Deadpool and a fight ensues between him and the manacled merc He mentions his professional ethics but this simply comes down to deciding to simply maim his opponent rather than kill him In the end he is defeated by Deadpool who in spite of the victory fails to impress his captive audience After being thanked for letting him win Taskmaster tells Deadpool that he had not let him win The truth is You re that good You ve always been that good Which won t get you a cup of coffee until you figure out how to be a professional 19 Taskmaster was given a full presidential pardon for his efforts in testing the security of the S H I E L D Helicarrier in which he was able to break in and place Deputy Director Maria Hill in his sights Though he was allowed to leave a threatening message left in Hill s private bathroom revealed that if he ever desired infiltrating S H I E L D would be no difficult feat volume amp issue needed Taskmaster replaces Gauntlet as Camp Hammond s drill instructor and is tasked with training registered superheroes for the Fifty State Initiative Taskmaster would also be involved in MVP s cloning process inputting via technology the original s move set for the Scarlet Spiders as well as the move set of Spider Man 20 Taskmaster is hired by Deadpool to help his old enemy and occasional friend defeat the Thunderbolts Being disguised as Deadpool he gets captured and is about to be beheaded when the real Deadpool saves him Deadpool finally pays him but he expresses annoyance at being paid from an ATM due to his major villain status 21 During the Dark Reign storyline Taskmaster is chosen to lead the Shadow Initiative after the Skrull invasion with their first mission to take down Hardball s HYDRA cell in Madripoor 22 Along with Constrictor Bengal Typhoid Mary and Komodo Taskmaster stealthily leads the group into the country but they are soon discovered by HYDRA 23 Norman Osborn appoints Taskmaster to train criminals for the new Initiative to behave like heroes His first task is to retrain Penance 24 Also when Blastaar takes control of the Negative Zone prison 42 Taskmaster is ordered to lead a squad to take the prison back 25 Later he gives Night Thrasher a severe bullet wound to the head allowing Osborn to take Night Thrasher prisoner 26 When Emma Frost and Namor resign from the Cabal Taskmaster is offered membership 27 Taskmaster was present at a meeting when Osborn discusses about Asgard 28 29 He is severely wounded at the meeting as a result of an attack by Doctor Doom While recovering in a hospital Taskmaster declined to join the Cabal Osborn cut the oxygen tank next to Taskmaster s bed reminding him that it was Osborn who plucked him from obscurity Taskmaster then agrees to join in the siege of Asgard 27 During the battle he fights with both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes as Captain America 30 As Asgard falls Taskmaster finds Constrictor and the two beat a hasty retreat but not before Taskmaster taunts Osborn about how Taskmaster helped Deadpool After Osborn s ultimate defeat Taskmaster and Constrictor went back to mercenary work 31 A false rumor is spread that Taskmaster is leaking information about the criminal underworld to Rogers s new heroic regime A bounty of 1 000 000 000 is placed on the Taskmaster s head by the mysterious Org The hordes of AIM HYDRA the Secret Empire ULTIMATUM the Cyber Ninjas the Black Choppers the Trenchcoat Mafia the Legions of the Living Lightning the Militiamen the Sons of the Serpent and the Inquisition take up the chase to claim the money Taskmaster ambushed in a small diner manages to best his opponents But the diner s waitress Mercedes Merced gets entangled in the saga and is included in the bounty Taskmaster reveals to Mercedes that his powers cause him to lose his explicit memory meaning that he cannot remember anything about his personal life and the only way for the whole ordeal to be over is to re discover Taskmaster s origins 32 Taskmaster and Mercedes quest takes them to Mexico to battle the Don of the Dead 33 and then to Bolivia to the village where everyone is Hitler Inside an exact replica of Himmler s Wewelsburg Castle Taskmaster regains his memories He remembers being S H I E L D agent Tony Masters that had been sent to Bolivia to terminate Horst Gorscht the Nazi scientist responsible for a corrupted version of the super soldier serum Gorscht had developed a new serum that could unlock the mind s potential to absorb knowledge instantaneously With Gorscht s serum and test notes destroyed Masters injected the last of the serum into himself Having regained these memories Taskmaster recognizes Mercedes voice as being the same as The Hub a mysterious voice who works for the Org Taskmaster shoots Mercedes in the shoulder and threatens to kill her if she doesn t start talking Mercedes reveals that the Org is a S H I E L D front and that she is not only an agent but also Taskmaster s wife Miles above the Wewelsburg castle in an airship the Minions International Liberation Front a secret group composed of henchmen from all of the major terrorist organizations led by Redshirt the Uber Henchman reveal their deception and plot to rule the criminal underground by using Taskmaster to lead them straight to the Org 1 Redshirt leads the Minions International Liberation Front or the acronym MILF for short into battle against the Taskmaster and Mercedes Mercedes convinces the Taskmaster to trust her and work together to fend off the forces of MILF During the battle Taskmaster regains his memories of Mercedes and how he fell in love with her Before they can reconcile Taskmaster is attacked from behind by Redshirt who has genetically altered his body and mastered superior fighting skills to those of Taskmaster Redshirt gains the upper hand as the pair push each other to the limits Mercedes tries to intervene to protect her husband but is quickly and effortlessly cast to one side Enraged Taskmaster attacks Redshirt and delivers a killing blow using Redshirt s own fighting style which causes Taskmaster to lose his memories once more Taskmaster not recognizing Mercedes or his reasons for being there flees and leaves Mercedes alone once more volume amp issue needed Avengers Academy student Finesse later seeks out Taskmaster thinking that he may be her long lost father When she finds Taskmaster Finesse ends up sparring with him After much sparring Taskmaster finally relents to tell Finesse that he very well might be and most likely is her father but that the powers to learn so much about others movements and techniques have caused him to forget important things in life Knowing he likely will not remember the conversation in a couple days Taskmaster tells Finesse that he wanted to fight her so he might remember her 34 During the 2011 Fear Itself storyline Taskmaster comes to the aid of Alpha Flight when it comes to forming a resistance against the Unity Party that was formed by Master of the World 35 In order for the Masters of Evil to obtain the Crown of Wolves for the Shadow Council Max Fury hired Taskmaster to retrieve it only for Taskmaster to demand more money for the job and he hid in the Hole The Secret Avengers went to the Hole in order to get the Crown of Wolves before Fury got his hands on it This led to a fight between Taskmaster and Agent Venom 36 However Taskmaster escaped and returned the crown to Fury only for Max to apparently kill Taskmaster when he asks for payment When the crown s effects don t function for Max Taskmaster takes the crown for himself which saves his life by making him the Avatar for the Abyss 37 As the Abyss spreads the Secret Avengers members Venom and Ant Man are able to remove the crown and stop the spread while Taskmaster and the Masters of Evil are left behind when the Avengers leave with Max in their custody 38 The criminals of Bagalia imprison Taskmaster and are preparing to offer him up to the highest bidder S H I E L D and the Secret Avengers come to rescue him and offer him a position As their inside man Taskmaster is part of the new High Council of A I M as the Minister of Defense 39 Mockingbird later goes to A I M Island to assist Taskmaster in helping make contact between the Iron Patriot A I drones and James Rhodes 40 After the mission goes south and Mockingbird is left stranded on AIM Island volume amp issue needed Taskmaster works undercover to free her volume amp issue needed But when he gets the chance to get her off the island she doesn t respond to anything he says until both are captured While being interrogated Taskmaster is shot and seemingly killed by Mockingbird apparently under the control of Scientist Supreme Andrew Forson 41 However Mentallo discovered that Mockingbird purposely missed any vitals and Taskmaster survived 42 At the time when Captain America was brainwashed into being a Hydra sleeper agent by Red Skull s clone using the powers of Kobik Taskmaster later relocated to Bagalia where he became its sheriff 43 When Taskmaster and Black Ant Eric O Grady s Life Model Decoy counterpart found out what was done to Captain America to be made into a Hydra sleeper agent they planned to have a parley with Maria Hill to discuss this with only for the new Madame Hydra Elisa Sinclair to get to them first 44 Impressed with the fighting skills of the two of them Madame Hydra made them bodyguards 45 During the Secret Empire storyline Taskmaster appears as a member of Hydra s Avengers 46 During the battle in Washington DC Taskmaster and Black Ant witness their teammate Odinson having enough of working for Hydra and striking them down The two of them defect from Hydra and free the captive Champions When Taskmaster and Black Ant asks for them to put in a good word for them Spider Man webs them up anyway 47 Taskmaster and Black Ant later attack Empire State University where Dr Curt Connors was teaching a class As the inhibitor chip prevents Connors into turning into Lizard Peter Parker sneaks off to become Spider Man During his fight with Black Ant and Taskmaster Spider Man is exposed to the Isotope Genome Accelerator that splits him from his Peter Parker side 48 In a prelude to Hunted Taskmaster and Black Ant work with Kraven the Hunter and Arcade in capturing some animal themed characters for his upcoming hunt 49 Black Ant and Taskmaster are talking about the Hunt Taskmaster betrays Black Ant saying that Black Ant is an animal themed villain and tasers Black Ant to get more money 50 Lizard finds Taskmaster at the Pop Up with No Name Lizard proceeds to poisons him by slipping a poison into her beer Lizard offers Taskmaster the antidote if he can take Lizard to Central Park While traveling there Lizard and Taskmaster defeat Vermin freeing innocent bystanders Taskmaster helps put a taser chip in Lizard s body and takes him to Arcade 51 Taskmaster frees Lizard from his binds and Lizard tells Taskmaster that the poison will wear off in 24 hours 52 Taskmaster makes off with Black Ant before Yellowjacket Human Fly Razorback Toad and White Rabbit can take revenge on him As they leave Taskmaster states that Black Ant would ve done the same for him When Black Ant asks Do you mean the betrayal part or the rescue part All Taskmaster can say is yeah 53 During the King in Black storyline Taskmaster is among the villains recruited by Mayor Wilson Fisk to be part of his Thunderbolts at the time of Knull s invasion While having argued with Mister Fear over who was the first villain to wear a skull mask Taskmaster becomes the de facto field leader of the group Following the deaths of Ampere and Snakehead Taskmaster couldn t stop Rhino from walking off and tells the remaining members not to help the Manhattan Defenders He and the Thunderbolts arrive at Ravencroft to meet with Norman Osborn who Mayor Fisk claims can help them defeat Knull 54 At the conclusion of The Chameleon Conspiracy arc Foreigner hired Taskmaster and Black Ant to help get revenge on Spider Man 55 During the Sinister War storyline Taskmaster was with Foreigner Black Ant Chance Jack O Lantern and Slyde when they are sent by Kindred to attack Spider Man after Kindred had disrupted their armored car robbery 56 During the Devil s Reign storyline Taskmaster appears as a member of Mayor Wilson Fisk s latest incarnation of the Thunderbolts at the time when Mayor Fisk passed a law that forbids superhero activity He and Whiplash hold the staff of the Daily Bugle hostage to draw out Spider Man Taskmaster states that the person who hired him has an incomplete file on Spider Man as Taskmaster fights Spider Man up to the point where Whiplash is goaded into attacking him Despite being weakened by Whiplash Spider Man tries to ask Taskmaster if they can take it outside as Taskmaster places an power dampener collar on him and throws him out the window Spider Man uses his webbing to slow his descent to the ground as the NYPD operatives move in on him 57 Powers and abilities EditTaskmaster injected himself with SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Horst Gorscht s primer an elaborate modification of the adrenal steroid cortisol designed to unlock the mind s procedural memory potential This enhanced Taskmaster s natural ability to absorb knowledge instantaneously This ability is linked to his muscle memory allowing Taskmaster to instantly replicate the physical movement of peak level humans Taskmaster is not capable of duplicating a physical feat if the effort to do so requires superhuman effort for instance while he could view an opponent lifting a car he could not do so because his body cannot duplicate the superhuman strength Using these photographic reflexes Taskmaster is highly skilled in various forms of combat as an exceptional martial artist mimicking Elektra Iron Fist Shang Chi a skilled swordsman Black Knight Silver Samurai Swordsman a deadly accurate marksman Captain America with a shield Hawkeye with a bow and arrow the Punisher with firearms and Bullseye with various projectiles as well as displaying a strenuously honed athletic ability Black Panther Daredevil Spider Man Taskmaster has also demonstrated the ability to use every fighting style he has watched at the same time volume amp issue needed Once the Taskmaster has mastered an opponent s physical movements he can then predict his opponent s next attack However one of the few people shown capable of negating Taskmaster s abilities are Deadpool whose manic personality makes him nearly impossible to predict 58 Mister X who uses his psychic abilities to get the better of Taskmaster in a fight 59 and Slapstick due to his very flexible cartoony body cause Taskmaster to break his own spine upon copying the hero s ability 60 A side effect of the primer is severe declarative memory loss The more implicit memories i e knowledge and abilities he learns the more explicit memories i e personal experience he loses Because of his explicit memory loss the Org Mercedes Merced has acted as Taskmaster s surrogate memory his banker and his handler for his entire criminal career 61 By viewing a video in fast forward Taskmaster can learn to replicate human movement at near superhuman speed However this puts his body under intense strain and can only be used for short periods of time He also has the ability to manipulate his vocal cords to mimic the voices of others The Taskmaster is also skilled in meditation techniques that allow him to slow his breathing and heart rate and survive for extended periods of time without air this also means that to the untrained eye he will appear to be dead He also claims to have learned forensic methods from CIA Agents and Mossad Operatives volume amp issue needed Taskmaster is also capable of utilizing chi but under exceptional circumstances volume amp issue needed Taskmaster was once shown to have aquaphobia the fear of water but later overcame his fears 62 Weaponry Edit As he is able to replicate numerous fighting techniques Taskmaster carries an extensive arsenal of weapons on his person most commonly using a sword and a replica of Captain America s shield He also carries a bow and a quiver of arrows a billy club a lasso nunchaku throwing darts and various firearms Taskmaster once used a stolen S H I E L D device that was able to create various forms of weaponry such as arrows and shields using solid energy 63 Other versions EditAlternative versions of the Taskmaster have appeared in various Marvel titles in minor roles What If Edit In a What If storyline What if Steve Rogers had refused to give up being Captain America vol 2 3 1989 the Taskmaster trained the Super Patriot and the Buckies to replace Captain America 64 Avataars Covenant of the Shield Edit An alternate version of the Taskmaster appears in Avataars Covenant of the Shield 1 2000 where the Marvel Universe is re imagined in a fantasy setting In this reality the Taskmaster is an assassin known as the Deathmaster 65 Marvel Universe Millennial Visions 2001 Edit In the Marvel Universe Millennial Visions 2001 2002 storyline Thunderbolts Give a Guy a Break Hawkeye takes it upon himself to force supervillains to seek redemption The Taskmaster is among the supervillains hypnotized by the Ringmaster and forced to become a member of the Thunderbolts 66 JLA Avengers Edit In JLA Avengers 4 2004 part of the Marvel DC co published crossover series the Taskmaster is among the supervillains to confront Batman Black Panther Black Widow and Huntress in the final battle with Krona 67 Marvel Apes Edit A primate version of the Taskmaster appears in the Marvel Apes titles Marvel Apes Evolution Starts Here 1 2009 Marvel Apes Speedball Special 1 2009 and Marvel Apes Grunt Line Special 1 2009 68 69 70 Marvel Universe vs the Punisher Edit In Marvel Universe vs the Punisher 4 September 2010 where the Marvel Universe is infected by a cannibal plague the Taskmaster is killed when the Red Hulk tears his head off 71 Deadpool Max Edit A female version of Taskmaster appeared in the Marvel Max series Deadpool Max This version became a mother figure to a young version of Deadpool when she kidnapped his Muskrat troop She was later revealed to be an operative for United States interest a potential cult leader and child molester 72 House of M Edit In the House of M reality the Taskmaster appeared as a member of the strike force known as the Brotherhood Although not a mutant he used his abilities to pass as one since humans even super powered humans were treated as second class citizens 73 However after he was beaten by Luke Cage for the murder of Tigra he was found to be a human masquerading as a mutant 74 Marvel vs Capcom Edit The Taskmaster appears in Marvel Vs Capcom Fate of Two Worlds 1 2011 based on his appearance in the Marvel vs Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds video game He briefly appears in Latveria having been hired by Dr Doom to aid in the invasion of the second Earth and grows increasingly impatient due to Albert Wesker s inability to fully link the two worlds 75 Ultraverse Edit The Taskmaster appears in the Malibu Comics also known as the Ultraverse series Siren 1995 Siren 1 3 1995 and Siren Special 1 1996 as a supporting character 76 77 Age of Ultron Edit In the Age of Ultron story the Taskmaster is depicted as working with the Black Panther and the Red Hulk in Chicago attempting to capture Ultron Sentinel technology Successful in doing so Red Hulk holds off the Ultron minions to allow Taskmaster and Black Panther to escape 78 When Taskmaster tries to run away with one of the Ultron Sentinels Red Hulk tells him he doesn t trust him and then kills him 79 Ultimate Marvel Edit The Ultimate Marvel version of Taskmaster appears in Ultimate Comics Spider Man this iteration is an African American mercenary Hired by Phillip Roxxon 80 he confronts Spider Man Spider Woman Cloak amp Dagger and Bombshell and displays the ability to absorb and re channel energy based superpowers Taskmaster is eventually defeated by the young amateur superheroes 81 In other media EditTelevision Edit Taskmaster appears in the Ultimate Spider Man animated series voiced primarily by Clancy Brown 82 83 and briefly by Stan Lee 84 This version is a deadly criminal mercenary who has several confrontations with Spider Man only to be defeated by him and his fellow S H I E L D trainees each time Taskmaster appears in the Avengers Assemble animated series voiced again by Clancy Brown 82 Film Edit Taskmaster makes a cameo appearance in the anime film Avengers Confidential Black Widow amp Punisher as a member of Leviathan 85 Taskmaster appears in Iron Man and Captain America Heroes United voiced again by Clancy Brown 82 He is hired by the Red Skull to fight Captain America and Iron Man A female version of Taskmaster named Antonia Dreykov appears in the 2021 live action Marvel Cinematic Universe MCU film Black Widow 2021 portrayed by Olga Kurylenko This version is the daughter of General Dreykov who completes missions for the Red Room 86 Video games Edit Taskmaster appears as a playable character in Marvel vs Capcom 3 Fate of Two Worlds and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 voiced by Steve Blum 87 In his single player ending he profits off of exercise videos and self merchandising after defeating Galactus Taskmaster appears as a playable character in Marvel Heroes voiced again by Steve Blum 87 82 Taskmaster appears as the final boss of Captain America s storyline in Avengers Initiative voiced again by Steve Blum 88 Taskmaster appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance 89 Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes voiced again by Steve Blum 87 Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics 90 Taskmaster appears as a boss in Captain America The Winter Soldier The Official Game voiced by Roger Craig Smith 91 Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Marvel Avengers Academy voiced by Adam Montoya 92 Taskmaster appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel s Avengers 93 Taskmaster appears in Marvel s Spider Man 94 voiced by Brian Bloom 82 In a side mission he sets up a series of challenges around Manhattan to test Spider Man s abilities while observing him from afar Once all of the challenges are completed Taskmaster confronts Spider Man personally While the former is defeated he escapes after revealing he had been hired by a mysterious organization to determine if Spider Man was worth recruiting Taskmaster appears in Marvel s Avengers 95 voiced by Walter Gray IV 82 This version is a former S H I E L D agent who runs a private mercenary group and has history with Black Widow He is hired by Monica Rappaccini to hijack the Avengers new Helicarrier the Chimera and steal the Terrigen Crystal powering it However his attack on the Golden Gate Bridge meant to draw attention away from the heist unearths a Kree Sentry buried beneath the San Francisco Bay Area resulting in the Helicarrier s destruction and the release of Terrigen Mist which transforms normal people into Inhumans During the attack he is defeated by Black Widow The Avengers later fight Taskmaster and several clones of him created by A I M in side missions Taskmaster appears as a playable character in the mobile game Marvel Future Fight as part of the Secret Empire update 96 Taskmaster appears as a purchasable outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale 97 Merchandise Edit Taskmaster is the 104th figurine in The Classic Marvel Figurine Collection Taskmaster is the 124th figurine in the Marvel Pop line made by Funko A figure of Taskmaster was released in series 11 Legendary Rider Series of Toy Biz s 6 Marvel Legends line A figure of Taskmaster was released as part of the exclusive 2007 series of the Marvel Minimates line A figure of Taskmaster was released in wave 20 of the Marvel Super Hero Squad line packed with Deadpool A figure of Taskmaster was released in a two pack of Marvel Universe figures part of the series Marvel s Greatest Battles Taskmaster comes packaged with Deadpool and a reprinted copy of Cable amp Deadpool 36 A figure of Taskmaster was released in the 2014 Lego Marvel Super Heroes set 76018 Hulk Lab Smash Hasbro released a figure of Taskmaster based on his second design in Ultimate Spider Man in their Marvel Legends Red Onslaught Build A Figure line marketed under the banner Mercenaries of Mayhem A figure of Taskmaster modelled after the original comics appearance was released in the 2018 Marvel Legends Avengers Infinity War Thanos Build A Figure line A figure of Taskmaster modelled after the character s appearance in the MCU was released in the 2020 Marvel Legends Black Widow assortment Tabletop games Edit Taskmaster has been featured in Heroclix Collectible Miniatures Game Taskmaster has been featured in the Marvel Crisis Protocol Miniatures Game 98 Collected editions EditTitle Material Collected Published Date ISBNTaskmaster Anything You Can Do Avengers 195 196 223 Marvel Team Up 103 and 146 Thing 26 Amazing Spider Man 308 Iron Man 254 Daredevil 292 293 Deadpool vol 2 2 Hawkeye Earth s Mightiest Marksman 1 Avengers vol 2 26 Captain America vol 2 44 material from Captain America Annual 11 March 3 2020 978 1302921316Taskmaster Unthinkable Taskmaster vol 2 1 4 May 18 2011 978 0785152606Taskmaster The Right Price Taskmaster vol 1 1 4 Taskmaster vol 2 1 4 and material from Marvel Comics Presents vol 2 2 Age of Heroes 3 March 31 2020 978 1302921323Taskmaster The Rubicon Trigger Taskmaster vol 3 1 5 July 29 2021 978 1302921712References Edit a b Taskmaster vol 2 3 Marvel Comics DeFalco Tom Sanderson Peter Brevoort Tom Teitelbaum Michael Wallace Daniel Darling Andrew Forbeck Matt Cowsill Alan Bray Adam 2019 The Marvel Encyclopedia DK Publishing p 370 ISBN 978 1 4654 7890 0 Rovin Jeff 1987 The Encyclopedia of Supervillains New York Facts on File pp 336 337 ISBN 0 8160 1356 X DeFalco Tom 2008 1980s In Gilbert Laura ed Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History Dorling Kindersley p 197 ISBN 978 0756641238 Created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Perez Taskmaster could mimic any physical skill he had ever seen a b Lovett Jamie July 22 2019 Black Widow Who Is Taskmaster Comicbook com Archived from the original on July 23 2019 Retrieved July 25 2019 a b The Avengers 196 Marvel Comics The Avengers 195 Marvel Comics Marvel Team Up 103 Marvel Comics The Avengers 223 Marvel Comics Marvel Team Up 146 Marvel Comics The Thing 26 Marvel Comics Captain America 334 Marvel Comics The Avengers vol 3 26 Marvel Comics Moon Knight 3 2006 Marvel Comics The Amazing Spider Man 367 Marvel Comics Civil War 4 Marvel Comics Civil War 7 Marvel Comics Cable and 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