It’s unclearly whether or not O. T. Fagbenle having been contacted by Marvel Studios “several years ago” to audition was a typo on the part of THR, but that would indicate that Marvel Studios was interested in the actor since at least 2017 and maybe even a little longer than that.
This is interesting for a role that is seemingly just the part of a love interest and a minor character with, thus far, no discernible screen time, if trailers and TV spots are any indication. What’s especially odd, but appreciative, is Marvel Studios actually working around Fagbenle’s schedule so that he could still do Maxxx.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter promoting his recently released series on Hulu series, Maxxx, O. T. Fagbenle discussed how Marvel Studios had contacted him to audition and how he almost didn’t end up staring in Black Widow
He said that “After I’d recorded it, I was like, ‘Oh that’s pretty good tape, actually,'” continuing that “It just escalated again and again and again to the point it was like, ‘Oh my God, like I’m actually going to be in a Marvel movie.'” However, he would later learn that filming for Black Widow would conflict with his filming for Maxxx.
“Maxxx was not a movable thing in my heart,” he told THR. But, thankfully, director Cate Shortland and Marvel Studios saw that Fagbenle’s passion for Maxxx outweighed his role in Black Widow, so they made accommodations so that Fagbenele could do both with no scheduling conflicts.
This has led many to believe that Fagbenle will actually be playing the villain, Taskmaster. Supporting this belief is how Fagbenle made a tweet (long deleted) hinting that he would be indeed playing the mercenary. However, there was a time that O. T. Fagbenle almost wasn’t going to join Black Widow at all.