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David Harbour says being in Russia in Black Widow and Stranger Things was a funny coincidence

Following the trolling, he reasoned that he tried his level best to make the two characters — Jim Hopper from Stranger Things and Red Guardian from Black Widow — completely different, starting with their appearances.

Hia Datta
Sep 02, 2021
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David Harbour, who rose to global fame after playing the beefy, goofy and quirky police chief Jim Hopper in Netflix’s popular science fiction drama Stranger Things, is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow. Harbour will play the role of Red Guardian, the Russian equivalent of the American Captain. Red Guardian, also known as Alexei Alanovich Shostakov, is the first Russian super-soldier who is also a father figure to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh’s Yelena.

Meanwhile, Harbour’s Hopper was seen in an ambiguous scene, locked off in Russia in the last season of Stranger Things. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor told Indian Express about the ‘funny coincidence’ that got netizens to make a bizarre connection between his two characters in The Stranger Things and Black Widow. He mused about how he was subjected to internet trolling about ‘how Hopper wound up in Russia and found some super-suit and became the Red Guardian.’

He reasoned that following the trolling, he has given the two characters his best shot to bring out their distinctiveness, all the way from their appearances. “While Alexie has long hair and beard, in Stranger Things, season 4, I wound up shaving all of this (points at his hair) and having a totally different look,” he said.


On the other hand, Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige told the media recently that Black Widow or Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson has a rich backstory, which will be dealt with unusually. It hints at Harbour’s Red Guardian playing a significant role in the narrative.

Black Widow chronicles the story of Natasha Romanoff alias Black Widow, as she has to battle a deadly conspiracy against her enemies from the past.

Helmed by Cate Shortland, an Australian film and TV director who is known for Berlin Syndrome, the highly anticipated film Black Widow features a stellar cast including Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour alongside Scarlett Johansson in the titular role.

Disney+ Hotstar is slated to release the high-octane action and spy thriller on September 3 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

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