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In Black Widow, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the villainous Taskmaster gets into a whole lot of fights with a whole lot of people. Like the character’s comic book counterpart, the supervillain is able to mimic the fighting style of anyone they observe, and the character takes on a slew of trademark fighting styles from various Avengers we’ve seen across the MCU.

So let’s break down which fighting styles Taskmaster takes on in Black Widow.

It’s no surprise that Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) fights like Black Widow (AKA Natasha Romanoff, AKA Scarlett Johansson). We first meet Taskmaster in the film when she and Natasha face off on the bridge near where Natasha is hiding out after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

The two go at it, and Taskmaster mirrors Natasha’s every move. If that wasn’t enough to hammer home that Dreykov’s daughter has learned how to fight like Natasha, we also see her staring at (and learning from) a video of Romanoff fighting.

Just like Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Taskmaster has a round shield she likes to throw at things, and we see Taskmaster throw that shield at Natasha several times. The first time occurs when Natasha was in that crashed car on the bridge. Another time, Yelena (Florence Pugh) gets to see the shield in action when Taskmaster slings it at her and Natasha in a subway station.

Taskmaster channels some Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) energy when she chases Natasha and Yelena in Budapest. While chasing the two widows in a tank (!), she pulls out a bow and arrow and shoots with Hawkeye-level accuracy.

Taskmaster also emulates the fighting style of Steve Rogers’ best friend, Bucky Barnes (AKA The Winter Solider, AKA Sebastian Stan). In her fight with the Red Guardian (David Harbour), Taskmaster pulls out a whole bunch of Avenger styles, one of which is the signature blade-switch move of the Winter Soldier.

Right before her Winter Soldier move, Taskmaster also takes from the Spider-Man playbook. She delivers a quick two-foot kick right to Red Guardian’s solar plexus and lands in a lithe superhero pose that evokes Peter Parker.

That same fight also has Taskmaster taking on some of Black Panther’s capabilities. Before she charges Red Guardian, the suit covering her fingers develop claws. We’ve seen similar weapons on Black Panther’s suit, though I don’t think Taskmaster’s are as strong as T’Challa’s vibranium claws.

Black Widow is currently in theaters and available on Disney+ via Premier Access.

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Opinion | The question about female empowerment at the center of 'Black Widow'

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First and foremost is Dreykov, a sinister Soviet-era bureaucrat who prides himself on his ability to make use of “the only natural resource the world has too much of: little girls.” Through mind control, forced sterilization, family separation and a brutal training regimen, Dreykov transforms his captives, including Natasha and Yelena, into willowy, balletic expert markswomen and vicious street fighters. They are avatars of hyperfemininity employed to hypermasculine ends.

He’s not alone in thinking beautiful lethality is the highest goal a woman can strive for. When Natasha and Yelena reunite with Alexei, the Soviet superhero known as Red Guardian who posed as their father when they were girls, he’s delighted by their ruthlessness. “Yelena, you went on to be the greatest child assassin the world has ever known!” Alexei crows. “You both have killed so many people. … I couldn’t be more proud of you!”

Some of the best moments in “Black Widow” are scenes in which the characters banter over the absurdities — and vicious cruelties — of this male-defined vision of female superheroism. Yelena mocks Natasha’s signature landing after a jump, which involves her legs akimbo and a well-timed hair flip. When Alexei asks whether Yelena is grumpy because she’s menstruating, she snaps back, “I don’t get my period, dips---. I don’t have a uterus,” a reference to the hysterectomies she and Natasha experienced at Dreykov’s hands.

There’s an irony to this franchise raising questions about what it means for men to dictate what female strength and empowerment look like. Black Widow is the invention of three men, legendary Marvel editor Stan Lee, writer Don Rico and artist Don Heck. And though “Black Widow” is directed, at times with grace and specificity, by Cate Shortland, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is overseen by another man, Kevin Feige.

Feige is not alone in using the power of Hollywood to shape what it means to be a strong woman. Joss Whedon, who also worked in the Marvel franchise, shaped a generation of action heroines with his “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Darren Star helped define single-girl aspirations for sex and romance in his hugely influential adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s “Sex and the City” columns for the New York Observer. Michael Schur’s sitcom “Parks and Recreation” even shaped conversations about female ambition and likability in politics.

That these creators are all men doesn’t disqualify them from having real insights about women’s strength and liberation. But when men are defining what it means to be empowered, it’s always worth taking a careful look at the criteria they’re setting for women, and to discuss whether everyone ought to view freedom and strength on masculine terms.

Of course, ideas about what makes a woman powerful don’t take root without enthusiasm, or at least grudging collaboration, from women. In “Black Widow,” it’s Melina, the Soviet scientist who once posed as Natasha and Yelena’s mother, who develops the mind-control techniques and synthesizes the chemicals that are essential to Dreykov’s program.

Off-screen, women such as “Girlboss” author Sophia Amoruso and “Lean In” advocate Sheryl Sandberg have promoted a vision of female success that — while less toxic than any supervillain’s plot — still looks a lot like an argument for chasing the same opportunities and work-life balance that men have always prioritized. In politics, Republican women such as Rep. Lauren Boebert (Colo.) seem determined to prove that they can be even more gun-obsessed than their male counterparts.

“Black Widow,” though it casts a gimlet eye and a precisely aimed gun at men who advance a twisted idea of a strong woman, doesn’t exactly end with Natasha, Yelena, Melina and their counterparts swearing off militarism and redefining empowerment on their own terms. After all, there are jets to fly, vengeance to seek and a billion-dollar, multiplatform action franchise to feed.

But even if it’s hard to lean out and abandon, or at least assess, a well-trod path to success, women watching “Black Widow” at home and in theaters would do well to take the pause that Natasha and Yelena can’t. We have choices other than to be assassins, supermoms or girlbosses, if we take the time to define them for ourselves.

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