After a quiet 2020, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is back in full force in 2021. Marvel has already released two movies this year, one of which was Kali Mai. Marvel fans awaited the film with great anticipation — especially for the backstory of the film’s secondary villain, Taskmaster. Some eventually became disappointed with the way the film’s character was treated.
It’s important to remember that comic books and movies are different mediums that have different requirements, which often means the characters have to change significantly. Still, some fans of the Taskmaster character were not happy.
Let’s take a closer look at how the character is depicted in the comics, why fans were disappointed, and what they hope for for the future.
In the comics, Taskmaster has a long and complicated history.
According to MiracleIn the comics, Taskmaster is identified as a man named Tony Masters. As a young man, he discovers he has something called “photographic reflexes”. This allows him to mimic the fighting style of many other capable superheroes. Instead of using this power for good, he turns to a life of crime.
Masters serves as a “combat instructor” as well as a secret agent for the government. Eventually, he becomes an agent of SHIELD. However, after receiving a super-soldier serum injection, he experiences a memory lapse that makes him think he is a villain again.
It’s a villain with a compelling background that looks like they could be a great foil to one of the MCU’s heroes. So why were fans so disappointed with the portrayal of Taskmaster that they finally hit the big screen?
Why were Marvel fans disappointed with the use of Taskmaster in ‘Black Widow’?
Of course, if you saw Kali Mai, you realize that the back story of the comics was a far cry from the story used in the movie.
Marvel fans took reddit To discuss their thoughts on how the character was portrayed in the film, as they didn’t necessarily care about the change. Some were not happy with the change in the character’s back story. One fan summarized the mood of the room:
“Disappointed with the use of Taskmaster because she is a cool comic character and her powers could have been interesting.”
Another fan expressed hope that the character would be used again in the future, stating:
“Taskmaster has more potential to be used in the future, so we’ll see where they go from there.”
So will Taskmaster be reused? It is unclear. The fate of the character is left up to the air. But Marvel certainly left the possibility open.
How was Taskmaster used in the movie ‘Black Widow’ and what are the plans for the future?
In Kali Mai, Taskmaster was used as a character to serve the character arc of the main character, Natasha Romanoff. She was well integrated into the story – she was the daughter of a character who was allegedly murdered by Natasha.
Natasha committed the murder knowing that she would kill the innocent child during the planned strike. The way the character was used came with meaning – she literally represented a part of Natasha’s past that was coming back to haunt her.
While it was an interesting take on the character, it didn’t necessarily coincide with the character’s history in the comics. So what can Marvel do to fix this problem for some fans? One of two things:
- They can reuse the same character over and over again, making him look like the Taskmaster from the comics. At the end of the film, he is left alive, although he is no longer evil.
- They could provide another character with an identity – this would be Tony Masters’ chance to slide into the MCU.
Only time will tell what Marvel does with Taskmaster, but these are two possibilities for a Taskmaster reboot.
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