The new Black Widow trailer gives us the first look into Taskmaster.

TASKMASTER, Black Widow 2021's Villian

Black Widow will be finally released in theaters and via Premiere Access on Disney+ on July 9th.

Scarlett Johansson’s return to the MCU, Black Widow, is releasing in July (both in theaters and via Disney+ streaming) after several delays.

The movie's latest trailer gives us a look at the past of Natasha Romanoff and her family, before she became an Avenger, as well as Taskmaster acting as the cherry on top of the trailer.

 

 

The trailer shows how Romanoff will need to face her past, showing a younger version of the assassin briefly before an adult Romanoff and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) inevitably confront in a close quarters combat. It is after we get a brief look at David Harbour's Red Guardian, praising his girls' abilities, followed by an action sequence that culminates in a car chase, where Taskmaster makes an appearance; wielding a deadly bow and shooting an explosive arrow that lands under a car and sends Romanoff flying into the air.

 

But WHO is Taskmaster?

For starters, his real name is Tony Masters, a former S.H.I.E.L.D agent turned mercenary and assassin, better known as Taskmaster. He possesses the ability to replicate the physical skills, of anyone he observes thanks to his photographic reflexes. 

As an adult, Tony joined S.H.I.E.L.D and became an agent. But during a mission, Tony found an elderly scientist, shot in the chest and slowly dying. Before the scientist died, he gave Tony a syringe containing an experimental Nazi version of the Super Soldier Syrum to enhance the abilities gained through his photographic reflexes. Afterwards, he began to develop additional powers, set back by the fact that the memories he gained by watching others overwrote his personal memories. As a result, Tony forgot his wife and field agent partner, Mercedes Masters, as well as his own history with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Overtime due to the growing number of superheroes he decided to put his skills to better use, becoming a teacher based out of the Taskmaster Academy to train government agents, villains, heroes and henchmen alike.

 

Black Widow releases July 9, over a year past its original May 2020 release window,  due to the COVID-19 pandemic delaying it multiple times.


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