Marvel character highlight #26: Taskmaster

Name: Tony Masters

Alias: Taskmas­ter, Bar­ney Toast­mas­ter, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Chief War­rant Offi­cer T. McWilliams/Ground Crew Chief McWilliams, Tasky

Affil­i­a­tion: Power Elite, Raven­croft Insti­tute, Black Ant, Hydra, Hydra’s Avengers, Hydra High Sect, S.H.I.E.L.D. Secret Avengers, A.I.M., The Org, The Cabal, Ini­tia­tive, Shadow Ini­tia­tive, Com­mit­tee, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., Cyber Nin­jas, Lords of the Liv­ing Light­ning, Sons of the Ser­pent, Black Chop­pers, Trench­coat Mafia, Mili­ti­a­men, The Inqui­si­tion, Agency X, Fright­ful Four, Thunderbolts

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Pho­to­graphic mem­ory and, after tak­ing an exper­i­men­tal ver­sion of the Super-Soldier Serum, the abil­ity to mem­o­rize the motor skills and abil­i­ties of oth­ers. This abil­ity comes at the cost of his own memory.

Back­ground: Tony Mas­ters was born in the Bronx and real­ized at an early age that he could per­form feats he’d seen on TV just by watch­ing some­one per­form them. When he matured, he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent. Dur­ing a mis­sion, he injected him­self with the Nazi exper­i­men­tal ver­sion of the Super-Soldier Serum (much like the one that changed Steve Rogers) and gained enhanced abil­i­ties gained through his pho­to­graphic mem­ory and reflexes. This came at the cost of his mem­o­ries as he over­wrote his true mem­o­ries with those of the per­son he observed. His wife, Mer­cedes Merced, then crafted the Taskmas­ter per­sona to help him. Through his ill-gotten gains as Taskmas­ter, he became a trainer of vil­lains, or any­one who would pay. He has trained sev­eral super vil­lains, been part of the Secret Empire and Hydra and re-learned his true past, only to lose it again after being forced to learn a new set of moves.

Rela­tion­ships: Mer­cedes Merced (wife)

First Ver­sus appear­ance: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3

Appear­ances in other media:

Tele­vi­sion: Ulti­mate Spider-Man, Avengers Assem­ble (animated)

Film: Avengers Con­fi­den­tial: Black Widow & Pun­isher, Iron Man (ani­mated), Cap­tain Amer­ica: Heroes United, Black Widow (upcom­ing live-action)

Video games: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Ulti­mate Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3, Mar­vel Heroes, Avengers Ini­tia­tive, Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance, LEGO Mar­vel Super Heroes, Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance Tac­tics, Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier — The Offi­cial Game, Mar­vel Avengers Acad­emy, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Avengers (2020), Mar­vel: Future Fight

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