Today we’re pitting Taskmaster – copycat extraoridnaire – against C. Viper, the street fighting secret agent! Talk about a clash of the titans! Enjoy today's Taskmaster vs. C. Viper spotlight, make sure to vote in the poll, check out all our MvC3 images and videos and come back tomorrow for our next throwdown, right here on Marvel.com!
By Ben Chabala
|Taskmaster character art from Marvel vs. Capcom 3|
Universe: Marvel, The Avengers
First Appearance: AVENGERS #195
Real Name: Unrevealed
Brief Bio: Very little is known about the villain known as Taskmaster. In early childhood he realized he had a talent for copying other people’s physical movements to perfection just by watching them. He called this ability “photographic reflexes.” Then he started watching videos of martial arts masters and crime fighters, memorizing their unique styles and integrating them into his hand-to-hand arsenal. When pulling heists as a super villain didn’t quite pay the bills he decided to use his powers in a totally different capacity: he set up a training academy for super villain flunkies and has even trained some heroes in the Initiative. Who’s side is this guy on?
Abilities: Taskmaster possesses “photographic reflexes” which allow him to copy another person’s movements perfectly. Thus he can fire arrows with the accuracy of Hawkeye, swing like a spider, and fight just as well as Captain America. However he is just a normal human, albeit in peak physical condition.
Play Style: Taskmaster has awesome range on all of his normal sword slashes making him a significant threat from mid-screen. His Legion Arrow hyper is very useful for OTGing opponent after an air combo and punishing because of it’s quick start up. His Mighty Swing is awesome for extending ground and aerial combos and Taskmaster can counter nearly every move in the game, reflecting projectiles, punishing physical attacks, and even hypers!
|C. Viper character art from Marvel vs. Capcom 3|
Universe: Capcom, Street Fighter
First Appearance: "Street Fighter 4"
Real Name: Crimson Viper
Brief Bio: An undercover CIA agent working for Shadowloo’s S.I.N. division, C. Viper is testing out their newest battle suit in combat situations. What her actual motivations are remain a mystery, as her true orders have yet to be revealed. However, we do know that she does have a daughter named Laura and that she is likely taking such dangerous assignments to provide for her.
Abilities: C. Viper wears a specially designed battle suit that allows for flaming kicks, electric punches, and can even cause seismic explosions. She is also an expert hand-to-hand combatant.
Play Style: C. Viper is all about speed and mix-ups. Her triangle jump is wicked quick and puts her right in a position to deal tons of damage up close. She has kept most of her signature attacks from Street Fighter 4 and you can use EX versions of all her special moves, granting them new attributes, while consuming one bar of hyper meter. She has a nasty high and low mix-up game and because of her speed she’s very difficult to predict. Also, the fact that she can focus attacks makes her that much more dangerous if your opponent is getting predictable.
C. Viper's partial moves list via the "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" Facebook page:
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