> Likewise, Taskmaster shouldn't really rate more highly as he's severely limited in one capacity. The bulk of his skill and his deadliness is through mimicry.
>Once he views it, he is a master of it. No matter what kind of combat it might be. It could even be a Kree style of fighting and once he views it, is a master of it. That really isn't being limited at all, but having the widest range of fighting skills in the Marvel Universe.
>This gives him an edge in a short fight or mediocre opponents. But a long fight with the likes of Iron Fist or Shang Chi and they'd have the upper hand just because their skill is through actual training and grounding in the basics behind the flashy moves and thus better able to improvise against unexpected moves and situations.
> Taskmaster is able to combine everything he knows and isn't just limited to one movement or style during a fight. He can combine everything he knows no matter if it is skills from Iron Fist, Captain America, Elektra, Shang-Chi, Daredevil or a movie by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, or Jet Li.The only reason why he loses, is because he is the villain and the title of the comic is not named after him. A character of his skill should win everytime in a fight, but because he is the villain, he is also used as being smart to compensate. He'd rather run instead of take a "chance" at losing, even though he should actually win. So by having him play it safe, the fact that he should win everytime is removed, because he escapes instead of finishing the fight.Have a Nice Day!
Then his power has been changed from being what was described as "photographic reflexes". From his first appearance his power was shown to be able to copy moves that he has seen. While formidible by watching tons of martial arts moves and boxing matches, it still isn't the same as having trained in a skill from the very beginning. The reflex muscle memory still isn't quite the same as actually having been the actual fighter and actually been in the fight. He can have the superior skill without actually being the superior fighter which is why I'd give even odds to those who have trained most of their lives in various martial arts skills. Photographic reflexes doesn't impart the focus, discipline or conditioning or the actual experience of going through the situation. Much like playing "Medal of Honor" doesn't make me have the same experience of actual veterans
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