Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown was just 12-years-old when she was thrust into the spotlight in the hit Netflix series. In recent weeks, the young woman — who is now 17 — has found herself in the limelight again, for all the wrong reasons.
In a now-deleted video, TikTok sensation Hunter Echo (Hunter Ecimovic) claimed that he had been “living in Millie’s house for eight months” while dating her. He also claimed the minor initiated the rumored relationship between the two.
Brown’s camp has adamantly denied the claims, calling Echo’s comments, “dishonest but also are irresponsible, offensive, and hateful.” Brown herself has not publicly addressed the ongoing situation at this time.
Her Stranger Things costar David Harbour (Black Widow), however, has recently spoken out about his “real worry” about the starlet.
Before his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Alexei Shostakov/The Red Guardian, Harbour was most well-known for his role as Brown’s adoptive “father” Jim Hopper in the popular science fiction drama.
The actor recently appeared on the That Scene With Dan Patrick podcast and said:
“[Millie and I] have always had sort of a special relationship because I knew her when she was so young. I knew her before any of this big fame hit…[I have] a real protective feeling for her. I have a real, like, worry. I worry about her and the fame and all that she has to struggle with. And I’ve just always felt this kind of deep fatherly affection for her.”
Despite speaking out about Brown’s recent struggles, Harbour has not yet issued a public statement regarding Black Widow costar Scarlett Johansson’s $50 million lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company.
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In her suit, Johansson alleges that Disney ignored a clause in her contract that the Phase 4 Marvel movie had to have an exclusive theatrical release. The Avengers franchise prequel film — set between the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018) — released simultaneously in theaters and on the Disney+ Premier Access tier on July 9, 2021.
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Stranger Things Season 4 will reportedly return “soon enough” according to producer Sean Levy. The series stars Brown as Eleven, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, and Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler.
Winona Ryder also headlines the cast.
The official description of the series reads:
When a young boy vanishes, a small town [fictional Hawkins, Indiana] uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.
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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, 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.
What do you think about David Harbour’s comments regarding Millie Bobby Brown?
You can stream Black Widow and the three series in Marvel’s Phase 4 so far — Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s WandaVision, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — on Disney+ anytime.