‘Black Widow’: David Harbour Gives Marvel Fans More Details Than They Expected

Being new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as David Harbour of Black Widow is, must be liberating, because you feel free to speak your mind in a way the veteran cast members don’t. Because Harbour is talking a lot more about his character that you might expect a member of the MCU to be. 

Usually, Marvel actors have to come up with new and different ways of saying “no comment.” Others, like Tom Holland, have to bring a buddy along on press tours to nudge them when they threaten to give the game away. So far, Harbour isn’t being nudged – at least not in public. 

ate Shortland, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O-T Fagbenle onstage at San Diego Comic-Con
Director Cate Shortland, David Harbour, Florence Pugh and O-T Fagbenle | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

What Harbour says about his ‘Black Widow’ villain

Harbour was notably revealing when he gave a quick interview to Variety at Comic-Con when he said he would be playing Red Guardian.

He gave a little history lesson, saying “In the Cold War, the Americans developed nuclear weapons and the Russians developed nuclear weapons. The Americans developed Captain America, and in response, the Soviets developed the Red Guardian.

“So in that way, he’s a foil, and so, he has very complicated feelings about this particular thing. But, you know, the Soviet Union fell and a lot of things went down with him in particular, and now he’s in a different place in his life … I don’t want to give too much away,” he said. 

In about 30 seconds, Harbour gave away more about his character than most Marvel actors do over multiple films. Maybe Harbour only has a one-picture deal?

What fans are speculating about Harbour


Fans on Reddit reacting to this interview speculated that Harbour’s character may also be the villain The Taskmaster, a photo of whom has been widely shared on social media. You can’t see who’s playing the character in the picture, but Marvel fans have noticed the similarity to the Taskmaster’s costume. 

However, some fans also doubt that Harbour is actually the Taskmaster because that would be too obvious. They’re thinking it could be OT Fagbenle, who plays a character named Mason, or Rachel Weisz, who plays Melina Vostokoff, although in the comic books, her character is also known as the Iron Maiden. 

One could press the talkative Harbour for more information, but being a cast member of Stranger Things, he’s more than a little familiar with the need to keep secrets. Perhaps he let a lot of information go about Red Guardian because he had to let off a little steam on whether Hopper is still alive on Stranger Things. 

Could there be any ‘Black Widow’ sequels?


The other question now is, can there be any more Black Widow movies? As most people know by now (which would make a spoiler alert seem redundant)  Natasha died in Avengers: Endgame, which would seem to limit her character’s potential for follow-ups.

This new film supposedly takes place in the time right after Captain America: Civil War, when the Avengers splintered, which probably forced Natasha to reckon with her mysterious past.  

So let’s say Black Widow comes out and makes a mint, as Marvel movies are apt to do. Where is there to go then? We could certainly explore Natasha’s becoming Black Widow, which we haven’t seen depicted on screen. For that matter, there are probably any number of pre-Avengers stories at Marvel’s disposal.

But will Scarlett Johansson want to go on doing this forever? Perhaps, but in a different guise. It’s possible another person in the Black Widow movie could assume the Black Widow title, and Johansson, who has expressed interest in directing, could take the helm. We’re eager to see what happens after the movie kicks off the MCU’s new phase in May.