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The Taskmaster's Academy officially known as the "Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane" was a training school set up by Taskmaster. He did this instead of operating as a mercenary as he realized he could make more money training people then risking his own life on mission. Taskmaster traditionally acted as a teacher, training criminals in the martial arts and weaponry before sending them off as henchmen for other organizations like Hydra, the Secret Empire, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., and many more. Using his photographic reflexes, Taskmaster deconstructed the fighting styles of various superheroes and world-famous martial artists, giving him a unique talent for teaching moves to his students.

History

When Dr. Pernell Solomon used the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane as a front, he used the Taskmasters school's resources to create a clone of himself called Selbe. When he required an organ donation due to possessing an extremely rare blood type, the clone, learning of his fate, contacted the Avengers. Taskmaster captured Yellowjacket, the Wasp, and Ant-Man when they attacked the site. Taskmaster battled the Avengers, who exposed his front operation. He was defeated and fled after a fight with the Avengers newest member the robot Jocasta, whose lack of body language made it impossible for Taskmaster to predict her next move.[2]

In addition to his training academy, Taskmaster also lent himself out as a mercenary or private instructor. He trained John Walker to be the new Captain America for the Commission on Superhuman Activities,[3] then trained Cutthroat to fight Captain America on behalf of the Red Skull.[4]

Alternative Realities

Ultimate Spider-Man Animated Universe (Earth-12041)

Spider-Man and Deadpool were attacked by Taskmaster' Acolytes at Taskmaster's Academy. They used stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. jet packs and attacked the craft battling the Acolytes while falling. After dodging the missile, Deadpool revealed he was wearing a parachute as Spider-Man crashed into a tree. Deadpool and Spider-Man entered Taskmaster's Academy where Spider-Man worked to keep Deadpool from killing Taskmaster's students. Taskmaster tried to attack Deadpool to no avail (due to Deadpool's unpredictable moves). Spider-Man managed to web up Taskmaster as it turns out that Taskmaster actually stole the S.H.I.E.L.D. list from Deadpool who planned to sell it for money and made up the "Agent McGuffin". Spider-Man then fought with Deadpool while evading the compound's death traps, Deadpool revealed his possible origin, but one impossible to confirm: he was a street kid taken in by Fury and at first, the program worked, then he realized he was being manipulated and controlled and decided to leave. Spider-Man decided that Deadpool was not a hero but a mercenary who would do anything for money. Spider-Man then remembered that if it wasn't for Aunt May or Uncle Ben he may have turned out the same. Spider-Man managed to defeat Deadpool in a fantasy fight, involving giant chickens and cows on a farm and a fight dressed as pirates, ending the fight with a "Massive Morality K.O." (a boxing Glove emerging from a book Spider-Man tosses at Deadpool with a spirit voice saying: "With Great Power always Comes with Great Responsibility", a rule Spidey will never forget). Deadpool then got away using a stolen jet pack, though Spider-Man was able to recover the file.[5]

Residents

Known graduates of his academy include Diamondback, Spymaster, Death-Shield, Longbow, and the Blood Spider. Anaconda and Crossbones both taught as regular instructors at his schools before graduating to super-villainy.

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