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Tony Masters was born a prodigious savant of mnemonic talents. He discovered his unusual abilities in childhood when, after watching a cowboy television program, he found he could duplicate the rope tricks he had seen the actors perform. Growing to understand his ability, he saw a man perform a difficult backwards leap from a diving board; he duplicated the dive, but nearly drowned because he didn't know how to swim. Afterwards, his mother called in psychiatrists who studied his ability, terming it "photographic reflexes." He employed his talent several times during his youth for professional gain, most notably when he became a star quarterback of his high school football team after watching one pro football game. After graduating high school he contemplated becoming a crime fighter, but decided crime would be more lucrative.

He then began a program of observing the fighting techniques of various super heroes and their techniques through archival television news broadcasts to expand his combat repertoire. Initially committing several grand larcenies, he decided it was smarter to avoid risking direct confrontation with law enforcers, and used his stolen capital to establish himself as a combat trainer for aspiring professional criminals, specializing in producing henchmen for super villains and criminal organizations around the world. Designing a costume, he took the moniker "Taskmaster"; one unidentified early graduate of his criminal academy would become espionage legend Spymaster. Taskmaster set up the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane as a front for one of his training academies, but its administrator Dr. Pernell Solomon developed heart problems and had Taskmaster's science staff grow him a clone, Selbe, to harvest for a replacement organ; Selbe escaped and ran to the Avengers, who exposed the operation with the aid of their ally Ant-Man (Scott Lang). Taskmaster single-handedly held his own against both Captain America and Iron Man in combat; while tempted to test himself against all the Avengers, he realized that he would not be able to run his business from jail and fled after the unfamiliar abilities of obscure robotic Avengers associate Jocasta threw him off balance.

Along with skull-crushing Canadian mercenary Tyrell Farsa and telepathic mind-altering assassin Black Swan, Taskmaster was hired to kill a militant group by an unrevealed country trying to maintain control of an airstrip. Upon completion of the mission, Farsa disrespected the cultured Black Swan by using his silk handkerchief, and Taskmaster assisted Farsa when the Black Swan attacked, but Black Swan defeated them both. Taskmaster briefly joined the criminal Frightful Four with Wizard, Deadpool, and Constrictor to battle the Fantastic Four, but when Deadpool went after Franklin Richards, Franklin proved to be more trouble than planned. When the Fantastic Four soon arrived home and Taskmaster, Wizard, and Constrictor left Deadpool to face the Fantastic Four alone, and this Frightful Four grouping disbanded soon after.

Afterwards, Taskmaster went into hiding and continued to training others, including Brock Rumlow, Blanche Sitznski, Rachel Leighton and Sheoke Sanada. Spider-Man and Ant-Man soon discovered another of Taskmaster's schools and battled Taskmaster, preventing his theft of nuclear material. Hawkeye and Ant-Man later exposed and halted Taskmaster's use of the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders as a mobile recruiting center, and Spider-Man and Nomad disrupted his recruiting street gangs for Black Abbott. After battling the Thing and Vance Astrovik in Ohio, Taskmaster was captured by FBI agents and taken into custody.
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Marvel VS Capcom 3



Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3

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Page Updated:  June 26th, 2019

Taskmaster was one of those Marvel villains that I never paid much attention too. He always reminded me of Skeletor from He-man... lol. He's an interesting yet very odd choice for MVC3. There's a fairly new 2010 comic series that came out, and I bet it was Marvel's idea to include him in the game to add hype to the character.

Anyhow, he turned out to be a pretty fun character in the game, but still isn't as cool or exciting as many "classic" VS Series characters. I don't think his in-game voice suits him very well, but something about his voice makes me chuckle (in a good way).

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