Black Widow star David Harbour wants to see his character Red Guardian return to the MCU to hunt down Hawkeye to avenge Natasha’s death.
Black Widow star David Harbour wants to see his character Red Guardian return to get revenge on Hawkeye. After several delays, Black Widow has finally hit theatres, shattering the pandemic box-office record, grossing $80 million alone in its first three days at the domestic box office. The story, which is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, finds Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) dealing with her past, including a previously unseen surrogate family that includes a sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh).
One of the most talked-about new characters is David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov, aka The Red Guardian. He was Russia’s first and only super-soldier who was locked away in a Russian prison and also served as a surrogate father figure to Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova. Harbour’s character survives the end of Black Widow, so the door remains open for him to return in several Marvel projects in the future and it appears the actor has an idea for one in particular.
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During an interview with Insider, Harbour expressed wanting to reprise the role of Red Guardian in a story that would show him going after Hawkeye. He wants to continue to explore his relationship with Natasha as a father figure and how going after Hawkeye would transform him back into the more serious soldier he was when he was recruited on a quest for vengeance. His other idea appears to be Alexi back in his prime but thinks the story following Nat’s death would be the more interesting one. Harbour said:
“I have two ideas. One is seeing Red Guardian back in his prime. That’s interesting to me. But the other is going off this story, having this experience with Natasha and having this beautiful end when he takes her hand and says ‘I can’t even speak to you because I would mess it up.’ When he finds out that she was on that cliff with Hawkeye and maybe the version of the story he hears is that Hawkeye pushed her off or something, it’s a moment when Red Guardian turns back to the guy he was. He now wants vengeance for her. That I feel would play well.”
Harbour’s hope lines up with the end credit scene of Black Widow, which found Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) approaching Yelena with an assignment to kill Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as she frames him for killing Natasha. Pugh was announced as part of the cast for Hawkeye in December 2020. Currently, Harbour is not listed as a cast member for the Hawkeye series, so it’s unlikely he will show up in the TV show. Still, it is entirely possible for Marvel to film a quick cameo appearance of the character to throw him in the series.
Given the popularity of both the actor and the character of Red Guardian after Black Widow, there are a number of possible projects for Harbour to reprise his role. The most obvious would be in a sequel to Black Widow, which would most likely follow Yelena Belova since Natasha’s story ties directly into Avengers: Infinity War. The other option is in the recently announced Captain America 4 starring Anthony Mackie, given that Red Guardian has always wanted to face off against Captain America. Bringing in a character from Black Widow‘s supporting cast would be a great way of keeping the spirit of Black Widow alive as Natasha played a big role in the last two Captain America movies.
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