His look is, as many online have pointed out, more Power Ranger than the skull-faced and caped character Taskmaster has traditionally been depicted as in the Marvel Comics — again, if this is indeed Taskmaster and not another Marvel character.
The comics version of Taskmaster, aka Anthony “Tony” Masters, is a mercenary and assassin who possesses expert fighting and weapons skills as well as a genius intellect. His photographic reflexes allow him to mimic the fighting skills of various heroes and villains upon just one viewing.
Taskmaster’s dangerous skills have seen him serve as a mentor for characters such as Crossbones and Diamondback. He’s battled the Avengers, Captain America, Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Moon Knight to name a few. He’s also worked for Norman Osborn and entities such as SHIELD, Agency X, the Shadow Initiative, and A.I.M. While he’s more often than not the villain, he’s also sometimes been depicted as an antihero.
Taskmaster has not previously appeared in live-action form, but he was rumored to have been a part of the unaired pilot Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring Adrianne Palicki. The character has been seen on the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble as well as in the animated film Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United, voiced in all three projects by The Punisher’s Clancy Brown.
Given his fighting skills, Taskmaster has appeared in many video games through the years, most notably 2018’s Spider-Man and the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers.
Black Widow is believed to be a prequel set either prior to The Avengers or Captain America: Civil War. Scarlett Johansson reprises the title role in the character’s first solo film. Other cast members reportedly include Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle, and Ray Winstone. Cate Shortland directs.
Black Widow is expected to be one of the highlights of Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel next month … although Marvel has yet to confirm if they’re even going.