– Who’s hiding behind Taskmaster’s mask in Marvel’s Black Widow? Monday might not have been
the best day for Jared Leto, because what should have
been a home run for him, the release of the first trailer for his own Marvel movie
Morbius appeared to be all but overshadowed by
the Oscar nominations given to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, as well as a brand new look at the next Marvel cinematic universe
film Black Widow. So, better luck next time Jared. But luckily for fans that
special look at Black Widow gave audiences a better on screen look at the film’s villain, Taskmaster. And this is reinvigorated a popular theory about who could be behind the mask, and there’s a couple
different takes on it, so let’s get into this. But first, a spoiler warning, because this episode is
gonna be getting into exactly that sort of territory. So if you’re sticking around,
give us a like and subscribe, otherwise, just plug your
ears and subscribe anyway. Now first of all, who is Taskmaster? Well yes, I mean that’s kind
of the point of this episode, but let’s explain who the character is a little bit in the comics. Now Taskmaster first appeared
in The Avengers back in 1980. He’s mainly a villain, though
sometimes he’s portrayed as either an antihero or
just a mercenary for hire. But what makes him so special beyond his sick ass skull mask and his cool outfit, are his photographic reflexes. It’s an ability that lets
old Tasky boy imitate the physicality and movements
of any person he sees. And it looks like Taskmaster’s gonna be using this ability to good
effect in Black Widow. In the first trailer we see old Tasky boy use a bow and arrow similar to Hawkeye, and in the latest look we see Taskmaster using a shield, in a
way that we can’t help but be reminded of a character
called Captain America. Should imitate America’s ass. – That is America’s ass. – Now it’s also important
to note that while Taskmaster might have used
the alias Tony Masters, from Brooklyn I guess, it’s never been absolutely
confirmed in the comics, and it could just be a clever rouse to conceal Taskmaster’s real identity. Now all of this brings us
back to that special look where we see Natasha Romanoff
face off against Taskmaster, who’s copying her moves in real time. And she gives a very
pointed line reading of… – Who the hell is that guy? – Who is this guy? Fans immediately clocked this as odd, and were quick to point out that this felt like a misdirect for several reasons. The first of which being that Marvel is the king of trailer
misdirects like Thor’s eye, Hulk in Wakanda during Infinity War, Spider-Man’s various
suits in Far From Home, the list goes on and on. And this has reignited two fan theories that Taskmaster isn’t a guy at all. Now the first option of who could be behind Taskmaster’s task mask is really another person that we’ve
seen in this trailer, specifically Melina Vostokoff,
played by Rachel Weisz. While Melina’s known as
Iron Maiden in the comics, Rachel Weisz described her
character to us at Comic Con as having gone through
the Black Widow training in the red room five times. – Melina, my character,
has been cycled through the red room Black
Widow system five times, which is quite a lot of times. She’s a spy and an
assassin and she’s involved in some scientific work. – That’s too many times. Now this would certainly give her the intense physical prowess we see on display from Taskmaster in the trailer. And it’s a safe bet that
Taskmaster’s identity is gonna be a major part of this movie, and that identity will mean
something personal to Natasha, whether it’s someone from her past or someone we’ve seen before in the MCU. Now we’re leaning more
towards Natasha’s past because this film is a prequel, and it’s probably gonna be
a bit more self contained than what we’ve seen previously. Although, if they did reveal that Hawkeye was secretly a villain this whole time, well we’d be on board for that, but really, the real
villain here is whoever gave Hawkeye that god
awful haircut in Endgame. Just a war crime on his head. However, there’s still a couple
of hiccups to this theory, specifically in the comics,
Melina is already Iron Maiden, definitely not Taskmaster. And, it appears that in
the new look at the film, Melina is in her white
suit in the same location we see Red Guardian fighting Taskmaster. So unless she’s mastered the art of the quick costume change,
or if they revisit this facility a few times
throughout the movie, well things are adding up she
might not be old Taskmaster. Unless, this second fan
theory proves to be true, and it’s that Taskmaster is not this guy but in fact there are multiple
Taskmasters in the movie. And this could be an
explanation for Taskmaster being able to have such
a wide array of skills. Now the trailers do show a new generation of Black Widows being trained, so maybe the advantage of
having a masked villain is that anybody can swap in as needed, and this opens up the possibility that multiple people in the
movie are also a Taskmaster. So you get to be a Taskmaster, and you get to be a Taskmaster, everyone gets to be a Taskmaster. Wouldn’t that be a perfect
twist for an action thriller about Black Widow, everyone’s the villain? Well we’ll just have to wait and see if any of these theories
actually hold water about Taskmaster’s identity when the film finally comes out this May. But in the meantime, tell
me, what do you folks think? Is Taskmaster someone we already know? Is it just some rando
Brooklynite named Tony Masters? Ey, gabagool, I’m tasking here. And, do you expect to see any other MCU cameos in Black Widow? Iron Man, Spider-Man, anyone? Let’s discuss. Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed what you saw, why not give us a like and
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