Stranger Things Star David Harbour Teases Red Guardian’s Thunderbolts Involvement

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David Harbour was first introduced as Alexei Shostakov, also known as Red Guardian in Black Widow (2021), who is also considered a ‘Soviet equivalent’ of Captain America. As the Stranger Things star will soon be reprising his Red Guardian role, he teases his character’s involvement in The Thunderbolts.

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It was at the San Diego Comic-Con when Thunderbolts was announced to be the ‘closing’ of MCU Phase Five along with cast members confirmed to return and be a part of the Thunderbolts team, namely: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, Hannah John-Kamen’s Ava Starr/Ghost, with Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova as leader of the team.

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This group of antiheroes will soon be appearing on screen together and Harbour recently discusses his upcoming role with Total Film (via GamesRadar+), teasing that the creatives team will be doing a different take on the character with a possibly surprising twist on how differently the chatterbox will be around other antiheroes. Check out his full quote below:


“I do. I love Red Guardian. I can’t wait to pull back the layers. The great thing about him is that he’s not very well-defined in the comics, like some of the other Marvel superheroes. So we can play with him in a different way, and be surprising and unexpected.”

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While The Thunderbolts’ plot revolves around the plot twist of this band of anti-heroes seemingly saving the day while the Avengers were away, they eventually end up (based on the comic book plot) revealing their true intentions as a band of villains replacing the heroes. Since this unlikely bunch was teased to also be a comedic film, it is possible that it will not only explore Red Guardian’s relationship/fatherhood with Yelena, but also on working his dynamics with a new set of team members.

Marvel’s The Thunderbolts hits theaters on July 26, 2024.

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