Warning: Spoilers follow for Black Widow.
Black Widow star David Harbour has opened up about where he would like to see Red Guardian’s story to go, should he make a return to the MCU in the future.
During an interview with Insider, Harbour confirmed that he is “down for more” stories that would involve him suiting up to reprise the role of Red Guardian, having recently made his MCU debut in Marvel’s Black Widow. He shared two ideas that would further build out the character — one being a semi-origin story and the other being set after Natasha’s death.
Red Guardian’s Connection to Black Widow (and Captain America)
“I have two ideas,” Harbour revealed before delivering his mini-pitch. “One is seeing Red Guardian back in his prime. That’s interesting to me.” A prequel/origin story would be particularly interesting, given that we never truly see Red Guardian in his heyday. It might even go some way to solving the somewhat unanswered question of whether he actually fought Captain America.
Harbour’s second idea is a little more conventional: “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.”
Black Widow’s post-credits scene sets up a story of vengeance through a clip that shows Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine approaching Yelena with a new assignment to hunt down and kill Hawkeye, having framed him for Natasha’s death. Thanks to Contessa, Yelena sets Hawkeye as her next target without realizing that Natasha willingly sacrificed herself.
The post-credits scene directly sets the stage for the upcoming Hawkeye series on Disney+. Florence Pugh was previously confirmed to be reprising her role as Yelena Belova, and now we have a better idea of how the character fits into the series. Harbour’s Red Guardian is not currently listed to appear, though it sounds like they would have made quite the team.
Hawkeye doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but it is expected to be released on Disney+ in late 2021. The forthcoming series will star Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfield as Kate Bishop, together with Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez.
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