The long-awaited trailer for Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers game finally debuted at E3 this year, and while it was heavy on superheroes, it seemed pretty light on potential foes. One villain fans did see was a man who donned a skull mask. While his identity wasn’t initially revealed, Marvel has now confirmed that the villain is in fact Taskmaster.
The news that Taskmaster will play a significant role as a villain in the game also seemingly confirms that it takes place in the same universe as Marvel’s Spider-Man. In the PS4 game, Taskmaster mentions to the webbed hero that he had a run in ran with the Avengers while out on the West Coast. Taskmaster’s appearance also seemingly confirms that Marvel’s Avengers takes place before Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Taskmaster will likely not be the big bad of the game, so expect that title to go to another villain that Square Enix will probably reveal down the road.
As a child, Taskmaster discovered that he could master any physical skill simply by watching someone perform it. The doctors named the phenomenon “photographic reflexes.” As an adult, he utilized his talents for the criminal underworld, observing the techniques of as many superheroes and villains as he could in order to master their skills. Often he carries a sword, shield, and a bow and arrows, but he’s also known to carry knives, guns, and other weapons.
Check below for the full synopsis for the game:
Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America (Jeff Schine), Iron Man (Nolan North), Hulk (Troy Baker), Black Widow (Laura Bailey), and Thor (Travis Willingham) are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in the massive devastation of the city and kills Captain America. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all superheroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Marvel’s Avengers arrives on May 15, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and Windows PC.