Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

Black Widow: Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

Taskmaster proves quite formidable in Black Widow. Here are all the moves the supervillain steals from Natasha’s compatriots in the Avengers.

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Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Black Widow, now playing in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access.

Now that every member of the Avengers has been established, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced its version of the supervillain known as Taskmaster in Black Widow. The comic book character, created by writer David Michelinie and artist George Pérez, has the ability to mimic any fighting style he has seen.

Black Widow may not feature any other Avenger in the film, but their presence is still felt through Taskmaster’s ability to replicate their moves and fighting styles. Let’s take a look at every moment of mimicry Taskmaster had in Black Widow.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

The first and most obvious superhero fighting style Taskmaster mimics is that of Captain America, whose style makes heavy use of a shield. Taskmaster doesn’t just carry a shield to deflect bullets. Like Steve Rogers, Taskmaster proves capable of hurling the shield with a great enough force to lodge the weapon into concrete walls.

It can also be argued that Taskmaster employs Cap’s style while fighting hand-to-hand against Red Guardian in the Red Room, though the use of near-superhuman reflexes and Taskmaster’s agility makes it difficult to tell in certain scenes.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

Another notable detail about her fight with Black Widow in Norway is Taskmaster’s clear superhuman agility. While Captain America was able to clear great distances in a single leap, he never exhibited the kind of flexibility and agility that Taskmaster does in that moment. That skill is more reminiscent of Spider-Man.

Taskmaster may never swing from lines or fire webbing, but it seems apparent that Spider-Man may have been the subject of at least one of the supervillain’s training videos. That becomes especially evident when Taskmaster leaps into the air and performs at least a couple of amazing acrobatic feats.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

During a wild and destructive chase through the narrow streets of Budapest, Taskmaster emerges from an armored vehicle and — as shown in the trailer — unsheathes an extendable bow resembling the one Hawkeye uses throughout the MCU. Additionally, Taskmaster looks to be armed with a similar variety of arrows, or at least, regular arrows and explosive ones.

While Taskmaster’s form and choice of weapon is clearly a mimicry of the Avengers’ resident archer, what is unclear is whether or not the villain’s aim matches that of Hawkeye. Either way, Taskmaster’s skill with a bow is great enough that a single, well-shot arrow is enough to send Natasha and Yelena’s car hurtling through the air.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

The scene in which Taskmaster fires arrows at Nat and Yelena’s car doesn’t just showcase her ability to mimic Hawkeye, it also resembles the abilities and skills of the Winter Soldier, particularly when Bucky chased Nick Fury through New York in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In that movie, the titular villain — brainwashed by Hydra — ends the chase by firing an explosive device that attaches itself to the bottom of Fury’s car and explodes.

Similarly, Taskmaster’s arrow flies beneath the Black Widows’ car and explodes, flipping the vehicle and forcing them to flee on foot. As a tactic, the concept seems easy to pull off, especially for someone who is able to mimic any style and move after viewing it just once. It’s also important to point out that there are more than just a few similarities between Taskmaster and the Winter Soldier, partly because the creation of the MCU’s newest villain seems to have been influenced by Hydra’s Winter Soldier program.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

There are a lot of acrobatic and agility-based fighting styles in Taskmaster’s arsenal and, since they’re all quite alike, it can be difficult to discern one subject of mimicry from another. However, the use of weaponry can clear this up, such as the Black Panther-like claws Taskmaster draws out when fighting Red Guardian in the Red Room.

The villain even goes so far as to use the Wakandan king’s signature pose — crossing the arms across the chest with the claws out. It is unclear throughout the fight whether the claws continue to be used against Red Guardian, since the Russian super soldier never seems to suffer any cuts. Furthermore, it’s uncertain whether or not the imitation claws are vibranium as well or some other material.


Black Widow Every Avengers Move Taskmaster Steals in the Movie

While Taskmaster clearly doesn’t possess all of the Avengers’ various weapons and paraphernalia, the villain is still able to utilize some of the heroes’ skills and styles to better survive and excel in certain situations. That includes Iron Man’s flight pose.

As Taskmaster dives through the air after the collapse of the Red Room, the supervillain employs the rigid pose often used by Iron Man and War Machine as they take flight. Again, the Taskmaster suit itself does not appear to have any of the thrusters that allowed Iron Man to take to the skies. Even so, the pose alone allowed her to continue the battle with Natasha in mid-air, until they crashed into the ground and Taskmaster returned to mimicking the combat styles of other, more practical superheroes.


Of course, the most obvious member of the Avengers that Taskmaster mimics is the titular Black Widow, who finds herself on the receiving end of some of her signature moves in her first fight with the Red Room’s agent. Almost every one of the moves Natasha usually employs is countered or mimicked, forcing her to tackle the fight in new ways.

What’s interesting is that Black Widow may be the easiest Avenger to mimic, given the truth behind Taskmaster: she is General Dreykov’s daughter and a member of the Red Room herself. It is uncertain if she underwent the same kind of training, but regardless, it would have been easy for Taskmaster to acquire those skills after simply observing other Black Widows in training.

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film is now playing in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access.

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