Black Widow Finally Introduces Taskmaster, But Who Is Behind the Mask?

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In the comics, Taskmaster’s name is Anthony Masters, so the MCU’s “Antonia” is a nod to that.

We have more on Taskmaster’s comics history here.

The MCU Taskmaster

But in Black Widow, which is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Taskmaster works for General Dreykov (Ray Winstone) and gives off Terminator and Nemesis vibes – stalking and attacking Natasha as she tries to track down Dreykov and finally put an end to his Red Room programme.

When Natasha first defected to work for the US government, her last test was to eliminate Dreykov, a task she thought was accomplished by making sure his young daughter was in the room with him when a bomb went off. Indeed, the “collateral damage” killing of Dreykov’s daughter has long haunted Natasha, and the incident was first mentioned all the way back in 2012’s The Avengers when Natasha interrogated Loki before the Battle of New York. Unfortunately, as we learn during Black Widow, she didn’t succeed in killing Dreykov during that mission, and ended up maiming his daughter Antonia during her attempt.

Olga Kurylenko

Black Widow eventually unveils Taskmaster as Antonia (Olga Kurylenko), the grown-up and still disfigured daughter of General Dreykov. Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French actress who starred in the movie Paris, je t’aime before snagging more action-based roles in Hitman and Max Payne.

Her big break came in 2008 when she starred as Bond girl Camille Montes, a Bolivian agent with a vendetta in Quantum of Solace. Interestingly, that film has a number of ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it also features her Black Widow co-star David Harbour, and What If? narrator Jeffery Wright. Kurylenko also later starred in the Tom Cruise-led sci-fi flick Oblivion and led the cast of the massively underrated 2019 indie horror The Room.

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