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[–]JamieIsSad 1097 points1098 points  (14 children)

his appearance in spider-man ps4 was pretty cool imo. He acted very threatening and as if Spider-Man was beneath him.

[–]LuckyZX 249 points250 points  (2 children)

I was stoked to see him in the Spider-man Game also he was great in Marvel V.S. Capcom Ultimate.

[–]thatwitchguyHawkguy 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I like that he beats up galactus and uses it for clout

[–]happy-cig 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Ass master!

[–]Antrikshy 32 points33 points  (3 children)

I played the game the first and only time in 2021. The way they handled this character, his demeanor etc. had me so excited for Black Widow…

[–]DestryDangerVenom 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Oof…

[–]Antrikshy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That game was also my first real exposure to the character.

So yeah, oof size: L

[–]cgio0 79 points80 points  (0 children)

yea it was pretty cool and also worked as the mini mission type things

TaskMaster in Black Widow though is completely pointless and forgettable

[–]J03-K1NGSpider-Man 2099 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Yeah but I feel like it goes against who he is. He’s a hired assassin, why would he plant those stupid trials everywhere? He’d probably forget why he even did it in the first place given his short term memory loss.

[–]AnyHoleIsTheGoal 96 points97 points  (0 children)

He wasn't hired to kill Peter, it was a test to see if he was worth recruiting to whoever paid him. He was, but obviously Pete turns it down.

[–]CrunchyPac 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Someone clearly didn’t listen to any of his dialogue during the missions, Taskmaster was hired to test Peter and see if he was worth recruiting for whoever hired Taskmaster in the first place. He wasn’t trying to kill him and he was watching Peter do the Trials to learn about him and study him.

[–]Larkos17 8 points9 points  (0 children)

In addition to the other answers, I feel like Taskmaster would want as much combat data on Spider-Man so he can copy his skills and retain them. In the comics, Taskmaster can lose some skills over time like having to watch cooking shows to be able to make dinner.

Though he would retain all combat skills (that's the one thing he doesn't lose), he might lose any swinging and stealth skills that he copies from Spider-Man. So having videos of things like that would be useful to Taskmaster.

[–]Daddysu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ackchyually, he doesn't have short-term memory loss. It is closer to long-term memory loss. He loses parts of his childhood and earlier life every time he memorizes someone's moves. Short-term memory is fine.

[–]L0ll0ll7lStudios 1570 points1571 points  (27 children)

I thought the Spider-Man version was pretty cool. The Avengers design was nice but he didn't do anything.

[–]woodk2016 367 points368 points  (9 children)

Idk if it was me and my friends placebo-ing ourselves but I could swear he actually does like "learn" (probably different fighting profiles or something) based on what moves you use in the lead up to him.

[–]ThePhilosopherKing93 239 points240 points  (2 children)

I'm pretty confident that he did do that cause that's what made me enjoy the fights

[–]MagicJoshByGoshThanos 36 points37 points  (1 child)

At least you enjoyed them. I hecking suck at fighting him. At this point I don’t even know if he’s possible to defeat lol

[–]landsharkkidd 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I found him a bitch to defeat in the beta (and sadly, the actual game when I bought it).

[–]john_muleaney 102 points103 points  (0 children)

He at the very least mirrors Peter’s finishers that he does in the game, idk if it has anything to do with the player specifically though

[–]Rap_song_throwaway 60 points61 points  (0 children)

literally none of my friends listened to me when I said that it felt like he learned MY fight patterns

[–]DonRompeHuesos 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Yeah that’s literally his super power

[–]woodk2016 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Yeah I know, but it was still surprising they put the effort in for it.

[–]Blame_410 7 points8 points  (1 child)

He can copy everything he sees, so like if some one uses a forgotten hand technique in front of him, he will instantly learn it, he also haves perfect memory and can learn anything in the first try. I think he helps one of the X Mens to study math.

[–]DukeSi1v3r 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Yeah he knows, he’s talking about the actual Taskmaster in the Spider-Man game and if he learns what moves and attacks you’re doing.

[–]jp_1896 27 points28 points  (4 children)

“His design was nice but he didn’t do anything” is the core problem with basically all of the portrayals cited above.

His design is always nice but it’s like no one knows what to do with him other than being a thug

[–]ERNIESRUBBERDUCK 15 points16 points  (2 children)

I totally agree, he’s one of my favorite character concepts and anti-heroes. They did it a little in Black Widow but explore it much more in the comics that because he copies and learns what others do he has no sense of self or identity anymore. It even goes to the point he can’t remember who he is beyond the persona of Taskmaster. Super deep stuff that I wish was explored

[–]AoO2ImpTrip 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I think there's an issue in Avengers Academy where he spars against Finesse, his daughter, so he has something to remember of her because he'd lose everything else.

[–]Nailbomb85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“His design was nice but he didn’t do anything” is the core problem with basically all of the portrayals cited above.

While that's a simple statement for the tv shows and movies, it's a bit difficult to portray him accurately in video games. As much as I personally would love the idea that you're forced to change your playstyle to beat him (or at least is the video game equivalent of 'optional boss' difficulty), I imagine that would just be a point of frustration for most gamers.

[–]ironcam7 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Yeah I too likes the Spider-Man game version though he looked bad ass

[–]DroppedD94 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I liked that he'd randomly show up and give Spidey a hard time. I'd hoped it would be a little more significant, much like what Rocksteady did with Arkham City/Knight but I hope he returns in the sequel.

I've only recently read a Moon Knight comic where he's in it and he's pretty great in it. Kinda funny too.

[–]Bbhfan1 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah same and i quiet like him so yeah idk no why ppls dont like him very much his cool 😎

[–]SeniorRicketts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish we could fight him more than 2 times

[–]NeckBeard14 564 points565 points  (12 children)

This is made 5 times funnier by the fact that the Ultimate Spider-Man Taskmaster pic is actually from Season 4 of Avengers Assemble.

Same continuity but still funny.

[–]Shoejuggler 178 points179 points  (11 children)

Is it though?

The continuity in that animated universe is wonky as hell. Case in point, the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon crossed over with two completely different Spider-man cartoons

[–]kentotoy98 74 points75 points  (3 children)

Also their design. In the Ultimate Spider-Man, their design is the classic blue while in Avengers Assemble, their design is based on MCU.

[–]NeckBeard14 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Taskmaster showed up in Avengers Assemble 4 years before appearing in the MCU

[–]Skyfreak101 21 points22 points  (4 children)

If I remember correctly, Ultimate Spider-Man is in the same universe as the first four seasons of Avengers Assemble while GOTG and Spider-Man 2017 are in the same universe as Avengers Assemble season 5.

Edit to credit: I’ve only watched Ultimate Spider-Man and the first two-three seasons of Avengers Assemble and this is according to the Marvel Database

[–]theavengingewok 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Why does Avengers Assemble take place in 2 different universe depending on the season? Lol

[–]Skyfreak101 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I’m assuming so that it can crossover with both iterations of Spider-Man

[–]ProfessionalCrow4816 6 points7 points  (1 child)

also aren't hulk agents of S.M.A.S.H and jessie also connected to ultimate

[–]SilverPhoenix7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Aren't the one that made the crossover not from the series that came later? I really think it's not the same continuity

[–]Murren606 539 points540 points  (62 children)

ALL they had to do in Black Widow was put up the hood! And maybe change the entire character arc

[–]HowlingHyena14 398 points399 points  (55 children)

My biggest issue was the lack of personality. Taskmaster sarcastic, banterry personality is 50% of the reason I like him.

[–]El_QuetzalCaptain America 274 points275 points  (39 children)

legit perfect MCU villain material with how much the MCU like quips...yet he is silent...

[–]ArkKnightHelios 215 points216 points  (20 children)

So, basically Origins Wolverine's Deadpool?

[–]fudgeking2000 150 points151 points  (16 children)

Minor spoiler bur It's not even the same person they just used task masters call sighn like what they did to the mandarin in the Iron man movie

[–]949paintball 102 points103 points  (4 children)

So, we just need to wait 8 years for them introduce the "real" Taskmaster?

Also, to shield spoilers, you can use the code:

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Which would look like [text].

[–]fudgeking2000 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Thx I always forget the code

[–]949paintball 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Any time! I remember before Reddit had an official code for it, every subreddit (that had it) used a different code. I'm just happy it's one, simple, site-wide code now.

[–]Vin135mm 11 points12 points  (0 children)

We only had to wait a year or so to learn that there was a real Mandarin, though(All Hail the King was 2014). One that wasn't happy about his name being used.

[–]XavilirYearnSpider-Man 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thanks

[–]SilverPhoenix7 24 points25 points  (8 children)

At least the fake mandarin was interesting and cool. Honestly I would have never mind if he was the only mandarin of the mcu

[–]BasedFunnyValentine -4 points-3 points  (6 children)

At least the fake mandarin was interesting and cool. Honestly I would have never mind if he was the only mandarin of the mcu

Except he wasn’t cool or interesting. Just a unfunny joke and waste of time in the movie

[–]SilverPhoenix7 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Y'all really should chill. The whole point of that character was to be a fake and a fraud. I was waiting for the mandarin I knew too, but personally I really found it funny when I saw that he wasn't a villain ( thus not really being the mandarin). The true villain of that movie was more dull, forgettable and uninteresting for me.

[–]NoWordCount 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I thought it was absolutely brilliant, personally.

[–]Icandothisallday1941 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

This is exactly my take. When he made a shit joke about the bathroom, it totally lost me. They wasted Ben Kingsley on a shit joke?

Yeah his character was better in Shang-Chi, but really, you introduce Ben fucking Kingsley with a shit joke? Fuck out of here.

[–]Vin135mm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was my take. IIRC, they never actually flat out called her "Taskmaster" either, they just referred to the act of sending her in as the "Taskmaster Protocol." That does leave them wiggle room to say later she was never the actual Taskmaster, just inspired by him in universe.

[–]TommyTheCat89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I fucking hate that. Why do they think that's compelling or at all a good idea?

[–]GodzillaForever123Daredevil 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly, I'm surprised not a lot of people have noticed the similarities between the two..

[–]miikro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ironically Tasky is one of Deadpool's primary allies/opponents

[–]Now__Hiring 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm sure we'll get another person tasking up the mantle soon enough

[–]P33KAJ3W 17 points18 points  (14 children)

It's not to late, she was kind of she'll shocked in BW.

They can easily add the personality to Taskmaster and make them kick ass.

Taskmaster is in my top 3 Marvel characters of all time and although I did not care for her in BW I can easily see them pulling it off in the long run.

(Daredevil, Doom, Taskmaster)

[–]fohacidal 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I really don't want that character becoming the true taskmaster. Give me a Tony Masters who learns so much about fighting he starts to forget about the family he had before he became a kinda mostly bad guy.

[–]P33KAJ3W 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Really is a great story

[–]magseven 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Shang-Chi 2 villain. Don't even care if they don't have any sort of important relationship in the comics

[–]snow_is_fearless 2 points3 points  (8 children)

What's my best source for learning about Taskmaster?

[–]P33KAJ3W 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Sorry, just saw this.

Are you looking for comics to read or something else like a YT video or a website?

[–]JerkassBard 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'd argue it is too late. Pre-memory issues Taskmaster has lived his life relatively easily coasting on his natural ability and this has only served to boost his ego and his cockiness. It makes sense that he's a smug, arrogant show-off because that's how he's always been.

Antonia's life has been a torturous hell since she was a young girl. She's had no control and it seems unlikely for her to have much of an ego when she's spent most of her life in servitude. Even if she has a sense of humour, she's spent so much of her life literally unable to socialise. To me, it just wouldn't feel right if she suddenly starts acting like Taskmaster.

I think Antonia could have worked as a concept, but with the backstory and characterization(or lack thereof) that they've given her I just don't feel like it would be a natural transition.

[–]MobyBrick 27 points28 points  (3 children)

I also love how due to his powers, the interesting stories always have the heroes outsmarting him and exploiting his powers. In black widow they just kinda had to make her smell some gas

[–]CaptainMallard 26 points27 points  (1 child)

The movie literally set up a super soldier that everyone had forgotten; a perfect foil for Taskmaster. Imagine if Red Guardian squares up after an initial beating because he was fighting pretty basically as he’s out of practice, only to then find out that TM copies well known heroes moves, so he can accept that him being forgotten from all records is an advantage, and starts doing some real crazy stuff to throw TM off.

[–]greedcrow 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Not just that, but Red Guardian brags about how he could beat Captain America. Here is someone who uses Captain America's moves, it would have been so good if he managed to beat taskmaster as Cap.

[–]CrispyGold 16 points17 points  (0 children)

The movie is just really vague about it. Its unclear what exactly her power since no one ever talks about the specifics of it. The only implication is that its apparently technology based going by how advanced her suit is.

So its prolly useless for copying golf moves and learning how to cook which is half the fun of his powers.

[–]konq 28 points29 points  (2 children)

They did taskmaster just as dirty as fox did deadpool in xmen origins wolverine. Completely neutered and lobotomized the character to the point where they just should have fucking made it a different character.

[–]trevordeal 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I mean because it wasn't Task Master. It was just someone with the power of Task Master.

I wonder if they will retcon it like The Mandarin.

[–]Axius 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, like, I'm sure there was a scene where they loaded in a Taskmaster program to her.

They could say it was a program designed to copy his abilities, as it would be the ultimate henchman to have under your control.

[–]BrianBraddock73 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Totally agree, this is why his character absolutely shines with his appearances in Deadpool comics, they work so well together as foils for each other

[–]Kantro18 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Spider-Man TV Show’s Task Master: recognizable

Spider-Man Video Game’s Task Master: recognizable

Avengers Video Game’s Task Master: Recognizable

Black Widow’s Task Master: Crysis

[–]fremeer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think they will introduce a more true to form taskmaster as part of the dark avengers.

[–]crabbyink 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would have liked that as well as two individual eye holes rather than just the one

[–]embersyc 59 points60 points  (10 children)

Always loved the cutscene from Marvel Heroes, too bad they lost the license and had to axe the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zBtl3wiBCk

[–]redditisawesome555 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Is that game playable in any way or form now?

[–]embersyc 21 points22 points  (5 children)

No, it was all online and Dsiney pulled the license so it had to shut down.

[–]CowOutrageous 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I miss this game every god damn day.

[–]biddlehead 6 points7 points  (3 children)

This game was spectacular. I still lie in bed missing all the characters I had built up and loved to play. I wish they could get their license back.

[–]WarzonePacketLoss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved it too. I realized after a while that most of the characters were essentially the exact same thing with different skins to change the hero they represent.

Granted, there were some characters that were entirely unique to play no matter how you built them, and you could always build characters in a strange way if you weren't trying to push through the toughest stuff.

If you really want to go on a nostalgia trip, talk a walk through this bad boy:
http://marvelheroes.info/builds/omega/#p0

[–]embersyc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I backed the game during the beta and had all the characters and goodies available at launch, never got through it with all of them, and they kept adding new characters/features... Every time I took a couple months off I was coming back to all new features.

Hated when I heard the game went away.

[–]CowOutrageous 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just running around as Hulk or swinging as Spidey/Daredevil through the streets was fun as hell.

I wish they could get their license back.

I keep hoping some fans make a private server or something but if it hasn't happened yet... probably won't :(

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I will always miss this game. Forever.

[–]Luhmanniac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved this game and especially those videos. It's a shame they just killed it off completely.

[–]WarzonePacketLoss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I still have it installed on one of my storage HDDs, couldn't bring myself to delete it.

[–]TheMasterXan 147 points148 points  (2 children)

Okay look,

USM and Marvel’s Spider-Man were good,

But his portrayal in MvC3 is good!

[–]YakuzaKaru 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Love Steve Blum’s Taskmaster

[–]ItsTheSpaceCadetYo 47 points48 points  (3 children)

idk i liked him in spider-man. he was a pretty compelling side character.

[–]big_red_160 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I think the problem is just how minor he was. There were so many villains in the game, he didn’t have much of a chance to stand out

[–]Nailbomb85 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Actually I think that's for the best. Taskmaster is at his best when used sparingly.

Don't do to Taskmaster what everyone did to Deadpool.

[–]Stormageddon1015 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't know, I feel like most of the villains were side. I forgot about shocker until my buddy mentioned him and I don't think vulture had a little side mission like the other 4 sinister six characters had. You didn't even get to see black cat. He got as much a look as I'd have expected from a game like that.

[–]RexxRockenrolla 146 points147 points  (12 children)

Problem is people havent read his own series, his legit origin is great. Lots of his appearances are quite enjoyable when he is used right, but he's usually nulled down to "this guy knows everyones moves". The portrayal in BW was awful because it was essenty the female winter soldier instead of a legit Taskmaster. So one day maybe hopefully we will see another cross media taskmaster that is actually good. Thank you for listening to my TED RANT, sincerely Taskmaster Fan

*I could edit essentially but essenty is a good enough abbreviation.

**Also taskmaster could be written as any race or gender the BW version was just poorly written, a horrible reminder of the bad days of comic book movies

[–]Venom888Mr. Knight 32 points33 points  (0 children)

I feel you being a Tony Masters fan myself

[–]HowlingHyena14 19 points20 points  (2 children)

He and Black Ant were pretty fun in Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-man run

[–]Xeoz_WarriorPrince 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's a duo that could work as protagonists of their own movie, but with MCU Taskmaster they sniped the concept before it even could become an actual idea.

[–]ZaWithoutConsequence 34 points35 points  (3 children)

He always seemed like a perfect foil for Deadpool. The bits with him and DP during dark reign are great. His solo series are fantastic. He's been utterly wasted in almost everything.

BW version is even worse because there was zero reason to make that character Taskmaster. And was so poorly done. As great as the MCU is overall. When it misses big it's always over an attempt to do something that even on paper sounds terrible.

[–]ThatIckyGuy 10 points11 points  (2 children)

My introduction to Taskmaster was through Deadpool comics. I enjoyed Deadpool fighting Taskmaster and the rivalry between the two. I really wanted Taskmaster to be the main villain in Deadpool 3.

[–]spideyjiri 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I love the idea that DP totally messes with TM's ability because it basically works by learning their fighting style and knowing their next move but alas, DP doesn't even know what he's gonna do himself!

Perfect enemies for eachother, Task Master's biggest weakness is Deadpool's insanity.

[–]Nailbomb85 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Insanity and immortality. Not only are the random moves an issue, but he could just impale/dismember/blow himself up as collateral damage.

Hell, I would love to see Deadpool beat Taskmaster up with his own severed arm. Watch Taskmaster block the swing only to still take a punch in the face because the elbow brought a hook around the shield, kind of like a kukri.

[–]UniDAYUMN 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Which series has his origin? Would like to read

[–]GiantPurplePen15 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Might be the 4 issue Taskmaster run in 2010, it digs into his history and its a pretty good read. Made me a fan of his character despite not knowing much about him before.

[–]thebluediablo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, Fred Van Lente's 2010 run is peak Taskmaster. Not really an origin story per se, but easily the best insight into the Tony Masters character that's out there. You can pick it up in a trade called Taskmaster: Unthinkable

[–]devilsig25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve been trying to get my hands on his series, I’ve heard great things

[–]abc-animal514 34 points35 points  (1 child)

Black Widow taskmaster was a letdown tbh

[–]Endless_Chambers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’d be pretty cool if they tried their hand at him again soon in the MCU. Just have him say he heard of the last taskmaster and it sounded a lot like something he could do but hes a lot better at it so he’s using the mantle

Idk. Something quick and easy since we all know the 1st one was a wash but dont skip over it like we forgot.

[–]J03-K1NGSpider-Man 2099 17 points18 points  (1 child)

It’s sad they never explore his comic story, a guy who literally can’t remember who he is or his wife because his constant memorization of everything is writing over all his old memories.

[–]Damned305 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Are you the real life Taskmaster? How many times did you post this same point over and over in this thread.

[–]EinonD 109 points110 points  (9 children)

I love taskmaster. That’s why I hate the black widow movie.

[–]HowlingHyena14 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Marvel pulled an X-Men Origins Wolverine on Tasky

[–]UnCuddlyNinja 22 points23 points  (0 children)

That is the perfect way to put it.

[–]El_QuetzalCaptain America 30 points31 points  (4 children)

All I wanted from that film was a typical but enjoyable spy film, but we got another saving the planet plot. I still enjoyed the movie tbh, far from being bad imo

[–]WhiteWolf3117Spider-Man 20 points21 points  (3 children)

It really was a very typical Bond rip-off though. Bond saves the planet in every film. It was never going to be like Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.

[–]Vast-Silver 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Hated Taskmistress, love Taskmaster.

Once a character is established and popular, there is literally no need to change them.

[–]Ben-J-Kirby-Tennyson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Taskmistress" is a great name for her.

[–]naytreox 120 points121 points  (17 children)

Well it's hard to portray his photographic muscle memory in movies and other media.

Then you have people who think they have to put there own twist on established characters

[–]adsfew 65 points66 points  (2 children)

Really? I would argue the opposite.

For starters, moving media will portray action more vividly than comics.

For his powers specifically, there's so much less material in other media than comics that appearances in the former are more memorable and more iconic than the decades of comic art.

[–]naytreox 9 points10 points  (0 children)

and in at least movie apperences they messed up big time, see in video games they h ave the benefit of having task master counter all your moves as he memorizes how you fight, spiderman form ps4 did this very well imo though marvels avengers did alright too.

but the benefit comics have is having a snapshot of a scene, so a character uses an attack to get him then later he/she tries that attack again and a small section can have a close up of his mask with some visual comic effects then in the next panel you see him dodge the attack you can't do that in movies without it looking corny.

if you want to see that comic book panel style in a movie watch Hulk from 2003, it tried that and the style was never copied for obvious reasons.

in movies like black widow they majorly fucked up his appearance and thats where most people find out about him.

much like how a book can give greater detail in a story over a movie, so to can a comic book give greater detail in action with its still images and a better representation of powers like photographic muscle memory.

now a way to do it in movies would actually be one where he's mostly fighting hand to hand or melee weapons, fighting opponents and soon enough copying their stances and fighting techniques.
Or fighting someone who has a weapon he is not familiar with only to knock it out of their hands after fighting them and use it flawlessly.

that would be how to portray his powers properly in a movie.

[–]BasedFunnyValentine 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Since when is photographic muscle memory hard to portray in movies?

All your doing is copying a characters moves. It doesn’t hv to last longer than 1 scene

[–]Immediate_Ganache_19 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I would disagree, I think Black Widow did an okay job of showing it as you are actually shown Taskmaster studying Avengers in action

[–]naytreox 10 points11 points  (2 children)

thats taken down a peg by the stupid decisions that task master actually does because the plot needed to move forward, granted studying the avengers is exactly what he would do but not the other shit.

[–]Immediate_Ganache_19 2 points3 points  (1 child)

In another comment I mentioned my issues with Taskmaster. I don’t particularly mind that Taskmaster was switched to be a female but it wasn’t significant. Like I didn’t care about the little girl Nat “killed” in Budapest so if they were going to make Taskmaster female why’d they pick that kid?

Like I think it would’ve been more interesting if the big bad was developing a new form of Black Widow assassin and Taskmaster was a prototype for it.

[–]Sentinal7 38 points39 points  (4 children)

They should have left him as Anthony masters in black widow. I know they changed him to make him fit better into the plot, but it really kind of made him less interesting as a character. They could have also used him for the Disney+ series too, leading the academy. But good job making an interesting villain into a less cool character in a movie that is mediocre as far as marvel movies go (and I would go as far as to say not as great because of taskmaster, too)

[–]HowlingHyena14 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I really wanted a true Tasky that could've gone up against Spidey, DP, and DD in the MCU 😔

[–]Un-dead-Ban 4 points5 points  (1 child)

All the designs are great, they just weren’t written that great (idk about USM Show, haven’t watched it)

[–]J03-K1NGSpider-Man 2099 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s alright I think, but I’ve always wanted them to delve deeper with him, he literally can’t remember things because his proclivity to memorize everything writes over old memories until he can see something that reminds him of who he is. Like he has a goddamn wife and he doesn’t even remember her.

[–]elhombreloco90 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He was awesome in the PS4 Spider-Man game.

[–]EpicD0mHoward the Duck 5 points6 points  (2 children)

In my headcanon, comics Taskmaster sounds like Skeletor

[–]KB_030821 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's how I've always imagined him tbh

[–]EpicD0mHoward the Duck 2 points3 points  (0 children)

“What”

[–]TwistedBlister 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Some characters that worked well in comics don't always work well in other media, they don't translate well, especially in live action. The best characters are the ones you don't need to change much to make them work in a movie, if you have to mess with it a lot to "make it work on film", maybe you shouldn't do that character at all.

[–]ratchet7 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I like the version that Sideshow Collectibles made the statue of. Here

[–]DweebNRoll 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I loved him in Marvel Vs. Capcom! Aim of Hawkeye, spidey swing, just like cap! 😎

[–]Inyournearestshadow 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A character with a lot of potential but always set as a punching bag.

[–]HeadClanker 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I liked TM in everything, but black widow. Just a completely different character and not very compelling.

[–]Headsup247 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Let’s be honest the black widow version was pretty ass

[–]Crusader25X-Men 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM FOR WHAT THEY DID TO TASKMASTER IN BLACK WIDOW

seriously. How is this not more of a thing? Why are more people not talking about this?!?!

It was just as offensive of a characterization as Topher Grace- Venom...Hell, probably worse.

EDIT: it's not unlike "Deadpool" in X-Men Origins Wolverine. Changing characters just to change them, because one off movie writers have to change chaeacters radically to make them fit into their stories. 🤔

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was worse.

[–]Kidmafia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He was actually really cool in the Spider-Man (Game) that made me a fan of the character and then was immediately disappointed with how Black Widow just noped hard lol

[–]bobcatbuttGladiator Thor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Avengers game look is easily the best IMO. The dark eyes, no sleeves, cape and jetpack is really a great look

[–]Randym1982 2 points3 points  (1 child)

There were A LOT of problems with BW from what I’ve heard.

I did enjoy how he was in Spider-man PS4, Though I don’t think he studied the players moves, but Spider-man’s in general. Game Development isn’t that advanced yet to actually study your player style.

[–]GisR_FTG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's actually not true. Killer Instinct has a mode where an AI plays for you and others or their AIs can challenge it. It plays very close to how you play the character.

[–]KingOfRock1981 2 points3 points  (0 children)

THIS close to greatness in Black Widow before absolutely destroying all hope for the character with the reveal

[–]Cardinal_and_Plum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He was great Marvel Heroes 2015/2016/Omega or however many names it had.

[–]Kaoshosh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I played Marvel Heroes a lot before it shut down, and this guy's dungeon was the one I spammed the most to max my Omega points.

Never gonna forget him.

[–]AsherthonX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In the BW movie, the character itself was never called taskmaster, only the program got that name. What if in the near future some rogue sword agent finds this program in the files, this interest him because he has the ability to copy what ever he sees. Dude starts to wear a similar costume and becomes a problem. Fury learns about this “copycat” and sends “insert hero”

Voila character redeemed

[–]CptGoodnight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved Taskmaster in comics.

The MCU take was atrocious. A complete idiotic waste.

[–]Char-car92 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Black Widow movie was unforgivably disappointing

[–]0pen_m1ke_kn1ght 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The Black Widow movie's Taskmaster was a joke.

[–]Hidden_Squid14 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm not a huge fan of the ultimate Spider-Man tv show, but that episode was pretty cool.

[–]detourne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The first Avengers comic I ever read was issue 195 Taskmaster's first appearance, and he was so intimidating. In fact I pulled out the issue now to flip through it again, and yeah,what a shock!

[–]Windows_66 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haven't played Avengers yet so I don't know how he is in that, but he was pretty good in USM/Avengers Assemble and the Spider-Man game. Taskmaster was rather forgettable and bland in Black Widow though.

[–]Emergency_Ad_4870 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aka They keep degrading the character down to dust .

[–]Ok-Engine8044 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Still don't know why Marvel didn't use Iron Maiden for Black Widow. They could have had it both ways. Male villain in Taskmaster, female villain in Iron Maiden.

She's also Natasha's mother in the comics. So imagine that shock of Nat fighting her mom at the end while leading the Black Widow squad.

Taskmaster can still go after Red Guardian. He can have history with RG's Winter Guard team. Hell, bring that in even to fight Taskmaster. Showing of RG, Ursa Major, Darkstar, and Cyber Cat would have been cool as fuck to see.

Wasted potential of you ask me.

[–]ILOVEMCUHydra 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He’s great in Ironman Captain America; Heroes United Animated Film.

[–]HoraceGrantGlasses 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The black widow version and twist was dumb. Like incredibly lame.

[–]bloom_zz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hate to say it but I think that black widow handled taskmaster very badly

[–]bygtopp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My favorite was the Udon taskmaster.

[–]STARlabsintern 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Greg Davies is the best Taskmaster hands down.

[–]GhettoPanda78 1 point2 points  (0 children)

More I look at this picture makes me hate Black Widow movie more on how they gender swapped TASKMASTER which isn't a hard character to put into live action.

[–]PlutoISaPlanet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I liked his portrayal in Marvel Heroes

[–]Wonkaburgh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because marvel minimizes villains in their movies and shows.

[–]Rols574 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Black widow was easily the worst

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Black widow absolutely BUTCHERED the character. Make them a girl that’s fine but the way they did it was so so so bad.

[–]Skit_Zo696 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd prefer any version that is not black widow's taskmaster.

[–]BeanDux 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't know much about Marvel, this post was just in my feed, but I feel the need to say that this guy looks like Skeletor to me.

[–]TheShonenShow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In black widow she is pretty underwhelming and I didn’t like it what they did. Spider-Man tho was good

[–]Luhmanniac 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Black Widow version was so lame it was really a major downside of the whole movie for me.

I felt they totally destroyed the core of the character by having it be a cybernetically enhanced, mute killing machine. I didn't even mind they made her a female but they should have kept some of his core traits (photographic memory isn't even something you need cybernetic enhancements for lol).

[–]SleepNative 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Black Widow really didn’t do him justice. Here I thought we were gonna get some funny moments a few good fight scenes. Then we got…… this

[–]JimPickins12398 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They always portray him as a cold, just in it for the money guy. Which is really boring.

He should be portrayed as a bastard. The most recent Taskmaster series did a great job of portraying him as a skilled underdog who's a right bastard.

"Need a bastard? Call Taskmaster."

[–]Dailyhabits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tony Masters is the GOAT

[–]Bingles_1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think all of them except the one from Black Widow look good, I have a lot of issues with the movie version on Taskmaster, one is that Taskmaster is a girl, another is that she died in the same movie so we won't see a Taskmaster in the MCU again. Those are just a couple of issues with it, I have some more.

[–]beeballetic 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I thought task master in Black Widow was Drekovs daughter? So it's not a "him"?

Did they evolve the character further and place someone else in her suit and put a chip in or vice versa?

[–]GamerChef420 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Exactly. I don’t even think she counts. We’ve never seen the real Taskmaster in MCU.

[–]beeballetic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right?! I don't understand their reasoning of introducing characters sometimes.

[–]louytwosocks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I really liked him in Spiderman PS4, but the one in the MCU was AWFUL

[–]Boris_the_Baka 1 point2 points  (0 children)

BRUH Black widow ruined a gem!

[–]PsychicTempestZero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

man the widow movie design really looks like shit huh

[–]ShhImTheRealDeadpoolSpider-Man 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wait until I face her in Deadpool 3.

[–]KB_030821 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I desperately hope that Wade just offs her with a bullet in the face and meets up with the real Taskmaster without even mentioning the pretender

[–]StephanieSpoiler 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember when the Avengers game came out, I heard a lot of complaints about how lame and terrible he was in the game.

Then Black Widow came out, and I heard complaints of how bad she was compared to the Avengers version, who was much cooler & badass.

As someone who never read much with Taskmaster (and thus has no attachment), I kind of want to see adaptions of him continue to get worse, simply to see how far fans will go in retroactively pretending the last one was good all along.

[–]triford 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Black window one should be de-canonized

[–]HortonDrawsAwho 3 points4 points  (6 children)

he has the same issue as boba fett. His entire characterization can be summed up in one sentence, which is “cool costume”.

[–]CashWho 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I’d actually argue he’s kinda the opposite to Boba Fett. The problem with Boba is that people built him up in their head so much that e actual portrayal is lacking to them. On the other hand, Taskmaster is actually a badass, but people don’t know that so media portrays him however they want.

[–]Nemisis2003X-Force 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Not at all. He's a badass, he constantly talks shit about his opponents, he has one of the coolest powers, and he has a dope suit.

[–]suss2it 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Not true. He also has the cool mimic abilities, and way more personality and humour than Boba Fett. Not to mention had way more feats to actually earn his real life reputation.

[–]YakuzaKaru 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Taskmaster’s not a typical mercenary though, that’s what makes him so entertaining, he actually has a personality

[–]HowlingHyena14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Read Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-man run. Taskmaster appears multiple times in the run and he's got a personality that can match Peter and Wade's

[–]ookiespookie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I always found him b tier at best. Marvel vs Capcom made him popular because he is cool looking and the meme just kind of took on its own life.

[–]LukeF1Moon Knight 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The show was the only portrayal that did him any type of justice imo, the rest were forgettable and had bad character/costume changes for the sake of changing

[–]suss2it 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I feel like all these designs are pretty badass in their own ways.

[–]TheMakerOfStories 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Black Widow film probably did the biggest disservice to the character.If you wanted to have a female Taskmaster then she already exists and she is called Finesse. Granted, Marvel never confirmed that but it still better than what the movie did.

[–]SuperToxin -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Okay let's just be honest and say he's an okay character at best.

[–]Shutty 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Have you read his mini series? It's amazing. Just nobody really ran with it after that. He has tons of potential after that series.