We all had our theories about Taskmaster but nobody was prepared for what happened in Black Widow. Needless to say, it was a stunning plot twist but it has also led to people sending hateful messages to Black Widow writer Eric Pearson.
BLACK WIDOW SPOILERS AHEAD
Taskmaster was a force to reckon with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe flick. In Black Widow, the mysterious figure relentlessly came after Natasha Romanoff using the moves of the Avengers against Nat.
Amazingly, it is later revealed that Taskmaster is actually Dreykov's daughter Antonia, who was severely injured in the bombing of Dreykov's Budapest office. Nat had been the one responsible for the bombing and is understandably guilty for believing she had killed the girl.
It's an astounding plot twist considering that Taskmaster is an existing comic book character named Tony Masters. While some fans are impressed that they never saw it coming, others are so enraged by the gender switch that they are sending Pearson threatening hate messages.
Pearson was a guest on the Phase Zero podcast where he admitted that he has been receiving hate mail after the Taskmaster reveal.
"I got one. I made the mistake of looking in direct message requests and someone said, 'I don't mean to be out of line, but Taskmaster was the biggest betrayal of my life,'" Pearson revealed. However, he stated that he doesn't take it too seriously.
"I got mad for a second and then I was like, 'Well, you've had a pretty good life then.' If that's the worst thing that's ever happened to you, then you should be psyched because someone in a movie wasn't who you wanted them to be," Pearson said.
It's disappointing to know that some people are choosing to throw their frustrations at Pearson or anyone involved in Black Widow for the Taskmaster plot twist. Although it is disappointing that Tony Masters didn't show up in the MCU, it's important to remember that Black Widow still managed to pull off the plot twist amazingly,
Black Widow is still screening in theaters and on Disney+ through Premier Access.