Black Widow star David Harbor scoffs that audiences should be looking for clues to the existence of the Winter Guard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Widow is finally opening in theaters Black Widow movie and it comes with plenty of references to the movies that came before and after, expanding on the time when the Avengers had split up. The movie also seems to spark the existence of something else that the MCU can bring directly from the comics.
David Harbor said in an interview that there are hints in Black Widow that the comic book superhero team Winter Guard exists in the MCU. Harbor stated, “I know a lot about those guys, Sputnik, Crimson Dynamo and Ursa. And I think if you look at the movie closely, I think you can find some things there.” He added
The actor went on to describe how he viewed the Winter Guard in relation to the Avengers. “I like this mirrored universe these guys created because we’ve seen The Avengers and what they can do and what they can do … And there are almost direct parallels in this Winter’s Watch with each of those characters, like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and I’d like to see what a universe mirrored in that way would look like and how it would function as a larger phase. ”
Harbor appears in Black Widow as Alexei Shostakov, aka Red Guardian, the Russian answer to American Captain America. Red Guardian, created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, became part of the Winter Guard when the cloak was worn by Josef Petkus, who briefly became the Steel Guardian. The Winter Guard was Russia’s answer to the Avengers and has fought alongside the superhero team in the past.
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, OT Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film hits theaters and at Disney + Premier Access on July 9.