Quote1 Weird thing about watching someone fight the Taskmaster. It starts to look like a mirror image, with two sides of the mirror wearing different clothes. Quote2
-- Maria Hill src

S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Tony Masters gained the ability to watch another person's physical movements and duplicate them without any practice, known as "photographic reflexes". He left the spy organization and became a mercenary, later joining Hydra and leading their occult investigation arm. However, Taskmaster found Hydra to have too many management issues. AIM's checks kept bouncing. The Maggia was too small-time for him, and he did not want to aid the Circle of 8, as he considered them crazy. So, he joined the Alliance thinking he would recieve better payment.[1]

Sins of the Fathers

When Baron Mordo opened numerous demonic portals in San Francisco in order to bring Blackheart's bones from Hell and bring him back to life, Taskmaster was sent along some Hydra soldiers to investigate. He encountered S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Alliance and was defeated in combat by Daimon Hellstrom.

He later returned when San Francisco became the arena for Blackheart's battle against his father, Mephisto, and was defeated once more.

Game On

When Arcade kidnapped some heroes and former villains to put up a new version of Murderworld, Taskmaster was abducted and put in the second team. He teamed up with Constrictor, and the two battled a duo composed of Spider-Man and Captain Britain to be allowed to get out. Despite being considered by Arcade a "former villain", Taskmaster hadn't joined the Alliance at the time of his attack. [1]

Ghosts of the Past

Taskmaster was later spotted in Wakanda, taking advantage of HYDRA's operations there. With help of the local avian wildlife, Falcon managed to spot him about to board an airplane in an attempt to smuggle weapons out of the country. He managed to stop him from escaping by plane, but Taskmaster fled by foot once he was defeated.


Seemingly those of the Tony Masters of Earth-616.


Seemingly those of the Tony Masters of Earth-616.

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