David Harbour Discusses Red Guardian's Future in the MCU

After his successful stint as Jim Hopper in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, David Harbour proceeded to Marvel Studios to play The Red Guardian, who was first introduced in the 2021 Black Widow film. His monumental portrayal of the superhero gave Harbour the chance to return to the MCU’s upcoming movie, Thunderbolts, which features a group of antiheroes and ex-villains who work together to achieve their goals. Ahead of his next appearance, the Violent Night star weighed in on the future of his character in the MCU.

Speaking with The Playlist, Harbour hinted that Thunderbolts will initiate opportunities and potential for his hero. He expressed a desire for the Red Guardian to become more of a rebel. Harbour believes that his character's fighting abilities can be developed further. Given that one film isn't always enough to explore a character’s backstory and greatness, the Hellboy actor’s desire might also open the door for future appearances in the cinematic universe.

“I’d like to see him be a little bit more of a badass as well. I’d like to see those fighting skills, which we see a little bit with Taskmaster, but, as messed up as he is, he does have the super serum, and he knows this Russian Sambo technique, and I think we could see a lot more color in that department in terms of his range as a fighter. And I’d like to see where he can go now that he’s out of prison and he’s got more hope for his life, like who he might become. There’s a lot of potentials and a lot of opportunity.” Harbour narrated.

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Thunderbolts will see the return of some fan favorites, including Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and it has been suggested that the film will introduce significant changes to the Marvel franchise. Harbour also shared his excitement about working with Pugh again, who played the character of Yelena Belova in Black Widow and the Disney+ series Hawkeye.

“It’s so interesting to think about where [Red Guardian] ends up at the end of 'Black Widow' after his story is complete and what happens to him after he’s out of prison. Where does he go? To reconnect with Florence [Pugh] is going to be great as well. And also, I would like to see, them because he is an idiot and he is an egomaniac – all that stuff, but he does have this fire in him, and I think he could rise to certain occasions if given the chance.” he underscored.

Thunderbolts will also feature Harrison Ford, the legendary actor best known for his roles in Indiana Jones and Star Wars, as a newcomer to the MCU who is slated to play a significant role in the film. Ford previously revealed that he was drawn to the role because he wanted to try something new and have some fun with his acting.

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Thunderbolts is set to begin filming this year before its release on July 26, 2024.

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