MCU Fans Don’t Want ‘Black Widow’ to Be Taskmaster’s Only Movie Appearance

by Jeremy Spirogis
Black Widow cast on stage at ComicCon

For all of its unmatched success, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does have a chink in its armor: its villains. Thanos and a handful of different nemeses apart, lots of the MCU dangerous guys haven’t been terribly memorable. 

Now, Marvel followers are involved that the alleged villain in Black Widow, the Taskmaster, might not move muster. And worst of all, the largest real-life villain round proper now, the coronavirus, has ensured we’ve got to attend somewhat longer to see Black Widow.

Villainy shouldn’t be Marvel’s robust swimsuit

Black Widow cast on stage at ComicCon | Director Cate Shortland, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O-T Fagbenle
‘Black Widow’ Director Cate Shortland, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and O-T Fagbenle | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Particularly in its early years, Marvel’s villains tended to be as uninteresting because the heroes are charismatic. There was some thought that way back to the unique Iron Man, the weak hyperlink was the villain, performed by Jeff Bridges, an actor who’s so well-loved and easygoing that villainy appears to push in opposition to his very grain. 

A rating of MCU villains by Collider tends to place the early villains on the backside of the pile: Whiplash in Iron Man 2, Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, and Laufey from Thor, simply to call a couple of. A viewer may very well be forgiven if they may keep in mind the actors names, however not the names of the villains they’ve performed. 

Lately, Marvel appears to have realized its weak spot and stepped up its villains. At the highest of Colliders’ dangerous man pile apart from Thanos is Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Killmonger in Black Panther, and their choose for the perfect, Loki. Is it any small marvel that he’s the one villain who will get his personal TV present?

What about Taskmaster in Black Widow?

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One attention-grabbing side concerning the Black Widow trailers is that they don’t make it clear precisely who the villain is. We by no means get a superb take a look at him. Comic e-book followers know higher than informal followers that the villain of the film is The Taskmaster, however the trailers reveal little or no about him. A Reddit dialogue reveals that followers suppose Marvel might backslide a bit with its dangerous man.

“Judging by the previous marvel villains they probably die on their first appearance (Iron Monger, Whiplash, Yellow Jacket, Malekith),” the topic-starter says. Another fan counters, “They’ve been mostly keeping villains alive lately (with a handful of exceptions), so I think alive is more likely, but far from certain.”

However, one other fan says that “I am surprised that there are many people who want Taskmaster not to die. Outside of its appearance, Taskmaster is not a super-recognized villain or type A as Doctor Doom or Green Goblin in the comics. He is only a mercenary who worked for a good sum of money and part of this work led him to face several Avengers.”

The coronavirus bites Black Widow

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The most irritating side of all this now could be that followers should wait even longer to seek out out what occurs to the Taskmaster. With the coronavirus spreading and most film theaters being closed for no less than a few months, Disney introduced this week that Black Widow would certainly be delayed indefinitely, simply as Mulan and New Mutants had been. 

While some massive films got future dates, like No Time to Die going to November, and the ninth Fast & Furious film being pushed again all the best way to subsequent yr, Disney has not put any of its films again on the schedule. There has been some clamor for Disney to place their films on Disney+, since Frozen II went there early and The Rise of Skywalker was put up on the market early. However, Frozen II and Rise of Skywalker made their a refund of their theatrical runs. A villain even smaller than Ant-Man has introduced even the MCU down for now. 

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