It’s crazy to think that we’re finally going to see Black Widow in July. Not only was it postponed by an entire year, but it also will be our first Marvel Cinematic Universe film since Spider-Man: Far From Home. So, we haven’t seen a mainline entry for almost two years now. It originally was going to kick off the next phase of the franchise and will introduce the world to various new characters from Natasha’s secret past. Among them is the introduction of Russia’s answer to Captain America, the Red Guardian. David Harbour of Stranger Things fame will take on the role and shared his enthusiasm about potentially exploring more about the character beyond the upcoming film in the recent press event.
What’s funny about Alexei, you have this 25-year gap we don’t know about. We see him in Ohio and in the prison. And even before the prison, there was a time when he was the Red Guardian, he must have put the suit back on. There is this period of time where he has all these stories about his life. It’s questionable whether or not they’re real. I do think the classic Cold War thing is a really fun and funny dynamic between these two guys and the fact that they came up like nuclear warheads like in an arms-race together. I think it’s a great concept that could be explored further.
The actor went out of his way to try and get Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige‘s attention, who was also in the Zoom call. He makes a good point, as we are getting introduced to this character at a very late stage in his history. The question also pointed to a potential showdown between Red Guardian and Captain America, which he seemed excited to see happen even if Rogers was a Capsicle during his time holding the mantle. It would be a great way to potentially bring back a story element introduced in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.