The prodigious savant of mnemonic talents tears up the Battlerealm.

Taskmaster brings both swords, a shield, and a whole lot of photographic reflexes to Battlrealm ready to kick hero butt. Ol’ Tasky’s not worried about being on Battlerealm, his skills let him go up against the toughest heroes the Contest has to offer. We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about Taskmaster and what he brings to “Marvel Contest of Champions.” Read on to learn more!

Marvel.com: Firstly, let’s talk a little about what the Taskmaster is doing in the contest. He’s not really a go getter unless there’s money involved. Is someone else behind his appearance?

Gabriel Frizzera: Not that the Taskmaster had any choice. Like all of M.O.D.O.K.’s associates, he was once captured in a crystal by the Collector, but forgotten in a backroom somewhere in the Battlerealm. When M.O.D.O.K. freed him, he promised lots of units and gold, but also a regular job in a top-notch Hotel/Spa/Boot Camp for Champions. It beats being forced to fight in The Contest, he thought.

Marvel.com: Tasky looks really cool here in the white, blue, and orange. He’s always had a fairly consistent costume, what did the team do to set him up for “Contest of Champions”?

Gabriel Frizzera: We looked at different inspirations. His costume is definitely one the most iconic in the Marvel Universe, with the skull mask, hood and the orange-white-blue colour scheme. But there has been some pretty cool updates in recent years, especially from animated shows that made him more tactical and armored. We wanted to keep him as classic as possible but add some of the modernized elements, so we kept the cool palette, but removed the “pirate boots” and the cape, which in our opinion would just get in the way of some of his acrobatic moves. His mask is also more angular and less of a literal skull.

Marvel.com: Taskmaster is, in a lot of cases, defined by his foes. He can mimic their moves, allowing him to pick them to pieces at his leisure. Did you guy give any extra thought to the kind of animations Taskmaster would have at his disposal?

Gabriel Frizzera: For sure! This was a chance to pay homage to some of the other Champion’s favorite moves. We lifted some of the coolest animations in the game and blended them together, so when you see him use weapons, he’s mimicking the Punisher, or Moon Knight, for example. When he’s using martial arts, it’s most likely from Black Panther or Iron Fist, or other iconic fighters in the game. It was a lot of fun to make a “collage” of moves and see them come together in a seamless moveset.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about his key abilities like Exploit Weakness, and Intuitive Pattern Recognition. What does he do?

Simon Cameron: Exploit Weakness is one of Taskmaster’s main abilities. Every few seconds the last unique attack Taskmaster’s opponent attempted is set as his target (the attack doesn’t have to have hit, just been attempted). Then to trigger Exploit Weakness, you need to land that same attack back on the opponent within a short window. Triggering Exploit Weakness does Direct Damage to the target, as well as giving Taskmaster a short window to safely trigger his Heavy Attack, instantly resetting his Exploit Weakness target. If his Signature Ability, Intuitive Pattern Recognition, is unlocked he also places Concussions Debuffs on his target when triggering Exploit Weakness.

Marvel.com: And what about Photographic Reflexes and Learn the Foe? Those sound perfectly built for Taskmaster.

Simon Cameron:  Photographic Reflexes gives Taskmaster the ability to reduce his opponent’s Offensive Ability Accuracy as he observes them performing different attacks, and reduce their Defensive Ability Accuracy by performing different attacks. While Learn the Foe gives him increasing resistance to Debuffs for each one that triggers on him in a fight

Marvel.com: What kind of characters do we want on his team?

Simon Cameron: Taskmaster loves to team up with other skill Champions. He has synergies with the likes of Crossbones, Moon Knight, Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye.

Marvel.com: And lastly, when do we get to pick him up for ourselves?

Simon Cameron: Taskmaster’s already in the game! Grab him now!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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Get to know the deadly assassin before he targets Steve Rogers!

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #10—available January 25—Cap finds himself up against one of the most dangerous figures in the Marvel Universe: the tremendous Taskmaster. To prep our star spangled protagonist—and you—for the dustup to come, we have put together a generous dossier on the skull-faced scoundrel.

They Take to It Younger and Younger These Days
Tony Masters grew up in Brooklyn, experiencing a fairly typical—for the pre-gentrification boom—childhood. One day, after watching a cowboy drama on his family’s television, he went into the yard and mimicked the hero of the show’s rope tricks, exactly. Not kind of got it. Exactly matched them. A doctor’s appointment and a bunch of tests later, young Masters received a diagnosis: photographic reflexes. Any physical action he observed, he could perfectly recreate.

With Great Power Comes Great Opportunities for Attention
Realizing the limitless potential of his power, the man who would be Taskmaster did the logical, if cynical, thing and set out to imitate the athletically talented. His favorite sport proved to be football and after taking in one game, he brought professional level quarterbacking skill to his high school team. Victory and adoration followed.

Whatever I Do, Crime Must Be in The Name
After graduation, Masters considered joining the ever expanding field of crime fighters. However, as he saw the potential for the public to turn on you and the lack of opportunity to make money, he decided crime committer might be a better choice. Sure, people would not love him, but he’d always have money to soothe those hurt feelings.

The Evolution of a Man Without Morals
Initially, Masters decided to go for unflashy theft. However, it also turned out to be too messy, too unpredictable. Yes, he always got his money and yes, he always got away but that kind of direct contact with the law—and with it the possibility of being shot or arrested—just did not sit well with him. So, instead, he took his money and parlayed it into a small business of sorts: he would train the criminals of the world, reap profits, and stay generally above the fray.e9b9ea57197106f1c475e0c14e6eac0d

Not Just for Crime Anymore
Sensing a revenue stream that heretofore had been unavailable, the now christened Taskmaster threw all sense of rules and structure to the wind and literally became available to the highest bidder. That meant for a time he might train super hero knockoffs like Blood Spider and Jagged Bow for criminal endeavors and then turn around and prepare John Walker—the now USAgent—for his brief time as Steve Rogers’ government sanctioned replacement.

The Only Value is Don’t Get Caught
Along with his stance on being easily bought, Taskmaster has one principle: never go down for a crime. He does not care if it makes him look like a coward. Dumb people can have pride, he’d rather keep his freedom, thank you very much. So, at the first sign of trouble, ol’ Tasky sneaks for the door. Who needs to prove themselves, really?

Still, Sometimes It’s Hard Not to Compete
His principles, like his morals, sometimes prove flexible. At times, the money becomes too high to be ignored, no matter the risk. At others, he just has to remind people that he could be the best, he would just rather count his cash. Almost inevitably, these moments where pride and greed got a little too much control of his decision making process, led to him being arrested and/or pummeled.

Cannot Keep Him Down
And yet, Taskmaster always seems to find a way back. He has been crushed in a bubble by Sue Storm, shot a bunch by Mockingbird, turned into the Avatar of the Abyss, dropped into a town of Hitlers, forever forced to forget his marriage, badly injured by Doctor Doom, had his oxygen cut by Norman Osborn, and nearly had his face cut off by Moon Knight. Still, before you know it, he returns, upright in pirate boots, swathed in blue, orange, and white, just as cocky and fashionable as ever.

Taskmaster takes it to the Star-Spangled Avenger in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #10 on January 25!

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The master mercenary brings his full array of skills to the upcoming game!

In anticipation of the upcoming “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers,” we will be spotlighting the extensive cast of over 200 characters joining the action! Be sure to pick the game up for all consoles on January 26!

Developing photographic reflexes as a child, Tony Masters saw no personal gain in being a super hero, but also didn’t want to take on the risk of becoming a full-fledged villain, so instead he used his skills to train those looking to get in the henchman game. Despite his wishes to remain under the radar, Taskmaster has found himself opposing the Avengers, Ant-Man, Deadpool, and others.

“As a longtime Taskmaster fan who bought his first full-issue appearance off the spinner racks–the now classic AVENGERS #196, featuring awesome art by George Perez–and who was lucky enough to edit issues of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE and AVENGERS ACADEMY which featured his sinister skull face, I was overjoyed to see Taskmaster’s name on the initial ‘LEGO Marvel’s Avengers’ character list, and boy did Tt Games deliver on his in-game play,” shares Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “Thanks to watching Captain America, Swordsman, and Hawkeye in action, Taskmaster [uses his] photographic reflexes to copy their skills with his shield, sword, and bow.

Taskmaster in LEGO Marvel's Avengers

Taskmaster in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

“Speaking of Hawkeye, he’s also made copies of the Avenging Archer’s trick arrows, such as his sonar and thermal arrows. All told, his combat skills and wide range of weapons make him one of the best fighting characters in the entire 200+ character roster.”

Make sure to like “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers” on Facebook and follow @LEGOMarvelGame on Twitter for all the latest news and updates on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Play the game on your favorite console system beginning January 26!

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Turn to the dark side as Loki, The Hood, and Taskmaster to go up against Volstagg!

The Dark Siege continues with Norman Osborn and his evil Avengers knocking on the very doors of Asgard. But they’ll have to go through Volstagg first!

Today, DeNA Executive Producer Justin Lambros talks about all the Asgardian awesome going on this week in “Marvel Mighty Heroes.”

Marvel.com: Dark Siege is half way through and despite all the madness Norman Osborn has thrown at us, he’s still saving the best for last. Can you give us a quick recap before we dive off the deep end?

Justin Lambros: Norman Osborn has been collecting his new team of villains to become the Dark Avengers. He is taking advantage of the heroes’ absence, since many are still returning from their epic space battle in Annihilation. And he’s got big plans on what to do with his newly sanction group of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” which is to take out his most powerful enemies: Thor and the Asgardians.

Marvel.com: A siege on Asgard, the home of the Norse gods. That doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well. What does Norman have up his armored sleeve?

Justin Lambros: If there’s one thing Norman Osborn has no shortage of, it’s ego. And he thinks he’s collected enough firepower to take on an entire realm of the mightiest beings in the known universe. Only a madman would think this is possible, but since he’s already displaced the Avengers, I wouldn’t count him out.

Marvel.com: You guys have made this week’s boss unbeatable! What were you thinking pitting players against Volstagg the Voluminous?!

Justin Lambros: This is the first step in Norman’s plan to attack Asgard. First he has to make it look like he’s the good guy. So, he’s going to stage a very public battle with a well-known Asgardian. He’s tricked Volstagg into a fight in the middle of a football stadium. And the whole world will be told that he’s the villain, and Norman along with his band of “heroes” can swoop in and save the world.

Marvel.com: But let’s say that he is defeated, however unlikely that may be; what’ll it be like having the awe-inspiring Asgardian on your team?

Justin Lambros: With all the villains that will be coming his way, it will be tough for Volstagg to withstand them all. Especially with the world turned against him. But if you are lucky enough to win him this week, you’ll get a powerful bruiser who uses his rotund physique to pummel his opponents.

Marvel.com: Who are our event characters this week?

Justin Lambros: This week we’ve got a trio of nasty bad guys from the Cabal who are posing as heroes. First off is Lady Loki, the female version of the Asgardian trickster god, who is always a formidable opponent. Next is The Hood, whose teleporting powers and dead aim with his pistols will cause major damage to anyone who stands in his way. Last but not least we have Taskmaster, whose ability to copy the attacks of any super hero make him a very useful character to have around.

Marvel.com: When do we get our shot at Thor’s most fearsome friend?

Justin Lambros: “Siege Begins” will start this Wednesday, so be sure to check out the latest for “Marvel Mighty Heroes”! This is just the beginning of a massive battle pitting villains versus Asgardians that will introduce some of the most power beings in the Marvel Universe into our game over the next few weeks. And hopefully our heroes will return in time to help save Thor’s home. See you online!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” news and interviews.

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The Age of Ultron falls on DeNA's mobile game with the debut of Taskmaster and more!

Another week and the crew over at DeNA bring us another awesome installment of “Marvel Mighty Heroes” with “Catch a Fatal Star,” the first episode in the Age of Ultron event. Senior Producer John King dishes out everything you need to know about this incredible new adventure.

Marvel.com: Infinity and Inhumanity have paved the way for the next big “Marvel Mighty Heroes” event, Age of Ultron. What have you guys learned from the first two arcs? Have you changed anything for this one?

John King: We have learned a lot from the first couple of event arcs and you will really see the differences as the Age of Ultron plays out. Age of Ultron was an epic storyline and we wanted to reflect that with new maps and characters. In addition to that we’re going to be tweaking the leaderboard and rewards as well as adding a few exciting features you’ll get to experience very soon!

Marvel.com: I think this is the first time players have gone up against Hydra, though likely not the last. What kind of missions are we looking at this week?

John King: The missions for “Catch a Fatal Star” will take your heroes to Wakanda. With the return to Wakanda will be the return of the popular “Gauntlet” style missions. The gauntlet mode missions will definitely put you and your friends’ heroes to the test.

Marvel.com: Taskmaster’s the boss for “Catch a Fatal Star.” Can you tell us anything about this super-powered copycat?

John King: Taskmaster is a character that is very near and dear to me personally and a favorite of the team in general, even going so as to call our development director “The Taskmaster.” He is going to be a tricky one to battle as he’s our first character to have three skills right off the bat! Skills he stole from some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, mind you. As a boss he truly embodies his motto, “Anything you can do I can do better.”

Marvel.com: And he’s the leaderboard reward too right?

John King: He sure is! We are also trying something different with this reward. He is going to be our first leaderboard character that releases with three skills! Having borrowed from three of the best Captain America, Hawkeye, and Gamora, Taskmaster is going to awesome character to have in the roster. 

Marvel.com: Anything else you want to tell fans here at the beginning of Age of Ultron?

John King: There is a lot great stuff planned for Age of Ultron. New suits for old characters, brand new heroes joining the fight, new environment’s and much, much more. The “Marvel Mighty Heroes” team cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on it.

Play “Catch a Fatal Star” this week and get set for more events! Stay tuned for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” news and interviews!

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See Spider-Man face Taskmaster and the Iron Spider in this full episode and watch more episodes Sunday mornings on Disney XD!

Is the Iron Spider friend or foe? Is he fighting with Taskmaster or against him? Spider-Man needs these questions answered! Find out those answers for yourself by checking out this full episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” now and tune in Sunday mornings on Disney XD for more episodes.

In Episode 5 of Season 3, entitled “The Iron Spider,” Spidey’s patience is tested when his old academic rival Amadeus Cho is recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. Before he’s recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D., Taskmaster gives Amadeus an offer of his own! Find out who Amadeus sides with by watching this full episode now.

Make sure to tune in to Disney XD on Sunday mornings for more episodes of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man:Web-Warriors”! And keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on your favorite Marvel Animated Series.

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Check out the action in this new clip and tune in to the episode premiere this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!

Spider-Man’s been gathering heroes before Taskmaster has had the chance to recruit them and now the forces of good and evil finally collide! Watch this clip and tune in to an all-new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD.

All season long, Spider-Man has been attempting to get to young heroes before Taskmaster has had the chance to recruit them to join him and Doctor Octopus. Sometimes Spider-Man succeeded, sometimes Spider-Man failed. Now the two forces are finally colliding! Scope out the action in a clip from this week’s new episode above.

Make sure to tune in to “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Tuesday for the all-new episode at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD! And keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Watch Spider-Man and Wolverine's visit to the Savage Land in this new clip and tune in tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!

Spider-Man’s visiting the Savage Land in this week’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” and he’s bringing Wolverine along with him! Check out a clip from this week’s episode and watch tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD to see the whole episode.

Spider-Man learns from Ka-Zar, one of the area’s only human residents, that to survive the Savage Land, you need to hone your hunting skills. When Ka-Zar’s saber-toothed companion Zabu is held captive, Ka-Zar, Wolverine and Spider-Man need to put their trapping skills to the test. Watch the clip above to find out who the real hunters are!

Tune in to “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” tonight on Disney XD at 9:00 p.m. ET to see the episode premiere! Make sure to keep your eyes on Marvel.com to learn all the latest on your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

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Spider-Man and Friends take on Taskmaster in a clip from this Sunday's new episode, airing on Disney XD at 9:00 a.m. ET!

If you’re Spider-Man, it pays to have friends when taking down a threat like Taskmaster! Take a look at this new clip from this Sunday’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” to see Spider-Man get some help from Power Man and Nova!

Taskmaster’s speciality is learning all of his enemy’s moves, so he can predict exactly how Spider-Man will react to all of his attacks. Luckily, Taskmaster hasn’t spent quite as much time watching Power Man or Nova and they can take him by surprise! Speaking of surprises, no one really know what to think when Iron Spider shows up! Watch the clip to see what happens!

Find out if Iron Spider is friend or foe in this Sunday’s new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” on Disney XD at 9:00 a.m. ET! Don’t forget to keep swinging by Marvel.com for all the latest on Webhead’s weekly adventures.

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Watch this clip to see them battle Taskmaster and Beetle and tune in this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. on Disney XD!

Agent Venom makes his debut in this season of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” and we’ve got your first look at him in action right here on Marvel.com!

Flash Thompson wants to be a hero like Spider-Man, so when the Venom symbiote latches onto him, it unleashes his inner strengths. Add to that some armor plating and shoulder-mounted missile launchers and you’ve got Agent Venom! Check out this clip from the new episode to see what happens when Spider-Man and Agent Venom come face-to-face with Taskmaster and the Beetle.

Tune in this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. on Disney XD to watch the brand new episode and come back for your weekly dose of the webhead! And make sure to keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all your wallcrawler updates.

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