Black Widow Actor Addresses Taskmaster Rumors | Screen Rant
Black Widow actor O-T Fagbenle, who portrays Mason, addresses rumors about who might be playing Taskmaster - the MCU film's primary antagonist.
Black Widow actor O-T Fagbenle addresses rumors regarding who might be playing the role of Taskmaster in the upcoming Marvel Studios film. Known for his role in Hulu's , the actor is officially making his debut in the MCU portraying the role of Mason. Described to be an ally of Natasha Romanoff during her S.H.I.E.L.D. days, the character's apparently romantically interested in the title hero.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow will see the Nat return to her spy origins as she reconnects with her roots. To work around the hero's tragic death in , the film is primarily set in the two years between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. It was slated to take Marvel Studios' prime May release date this year, effectively kicking off Phase 4, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's pushed back to a November release. Joining Johansson and Fagbenle in the blockbuster are David Harbour as Alexei Shoskatov/Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina.
Fagbenle recently went on Instagram Live and talked about the ongoing rumors that aside from playing Mason in Black Widow, he's also secretly portraying Taskmaster, who has the ability to mimic the abilities of their adversary. His friend got in on the matter by insinuating that he might be. The actor then replied by slightly reprimanding her, saying that they talked off-camera that they're not going to comment on the said theory.
"There’s a whole conspiracy theory that I’m Taskmaster... You’re trying to get it out as well?" "I thought we spoke about this, I thought we were going to keep some s—t on the DL."
The actor admitted that this was his first time using the social media so he might not be ready for how quick things can happen when someone's on Instagram Live. After the awkward back-and-forth, however, the pair casually moved on with their conversation by starting to focus on the outpouring messages, but it sounded like one fan reminded Fagbenle of how notoriously secretive Marvel Studios is that his friend told him to not talk about Black Widow anymore. Admittedly, it's difficult to gauge whether or not they were just joking around given how easy-going the conversation was. As someone who's cast in the MCU, one would assume that Fagbenle has been briefed about what he can and cannot say regarding the project - not that he's talked about it frequently in the past. Then again, given the film's delay, maybe it was an honest slip up from him.
So, what are the chances that Fagbenle is indeed Taskmaster in Black Widow? The theory positing this idea actually makes sense. For starters, out of the all the announced new characters for the film, Mason's the only one who has yet to appear in any promotional material - be it in trailers or posters. Fagbenle has also barely talked about the project, which might be because he can't discuss the duality of his role in it. Assuming that this is the case, this plot twist frankly sounds ineffective. There's already a string of clues backing this claim that if Marvel Studios don't have have any additional surprises, fans might be disappointed in the movie as a whole.
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