Marvel Pres. Hints at Captain America, Red Guardian Spinoff

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anthony mackie as captain america (left) and david harbour as the red guardian (right)

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Despite the mixed reviews that Black Widow (2021) has received since it debuted on July 9 — following a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic — Marvel fans have still been enjoying Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) backstory and their first MCU introduction to Alexei Shostakov/The Red Guardian (David Harbour).

Left to Right Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Alexei (David Harbour) and Yelena (Florence Pugh)
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In the Marvel universe, The Red Guardian was a super soldier, the Soviet Union’s answer to Captain America. Now that Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have introduced Harbour’s Alexei, fans can’t seem to get enough.

In fact, during a Black Widow watch party on Twitter last night, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige teased a possible spinoff featuring Marve’s new Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and The Red Guardian.

First, FilmFan asked “Will we ever see the return of Red Guardian? #BlackWidowWatchParty”, to which Feige responded:

I certainly want too [sic: to] – KF #BlackWidowWatchParty

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Then, things really got interesting when a social media user named Harper asked, “Are we ever going to see a showdown between Sam Wilson’s Captain America and Alexei’s Red Guardian? #BlackWidowWatchParty”.

Feige tagged both Anthony Mackie and David Harbour and answered, cryptically (as always):

I’d like to see that.. how about you guys? @AnthonyMackie @DavidKHarbour -KF #BlackWidowWatchParty

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For those who may have missed the fact that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is no longer the MCU’s Captain America, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series — which aired between Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision and Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson’s Loki on Disney+ — saw Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon take-up the mantle for the foreseeable future.

Old Steve Rogers (left) looking at Sam Wilson (right) holding the Captain America shield
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Now that the Marvel Multiverse has officially arrived in Loki, anything is possible in the future. Plus, we already know that Mackie is seemingly set to reprise his role as Captain America in Captain America 4 — and Harbour has indicated he would love to return as Alexei, even telling Variety:

“I would love for there to be more Red Guardian, and I would love for you guys to love for there to be more Red Guardian because that always helps the cause. I love the character, there’s so many things you could do with him. There’s this gap of 25 years where we don’t know who was he, what is his version of events as opposed to the actual version of events?”

alexei yelling in black widow
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Only time will tell when we see these Marvel characters again — but Feige is certainly open to sharing more of their deeply connected story.

More on Black Widow

scarlett johansson as natasha romanoff (left) and florence pugh as yelena belova (right) black widow on bik
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The official description of the movie reads:

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down [Taskmaster and Dreykov (Ray Winstone)], Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena [Yelena Belova], David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” — the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige

More on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

sam and bucky falcon and winter soldier finale
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The official description of Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier reads:

Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer.

Secondary characters in the Marvel series include Daniel Bruhl as villain Baron Helmut Zemo and Emily VanCamp portraying Sharon Carter.

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