‘Hellboy’ Actor David Harbour Joins ‘Black Widow’ Cast

While Marvel fans gear up for Avengers: Endgame, there’s some exciting news in the MCU: The long-awaited Black Widow movie has added someone to the cast. David Harbour isn’t exactly fresh on the scene — in fact, this won’t even be his first comic book film role — but as always, it’s fun to welcome a new face to the Marvel family. Here’s what you need to know about Harbour, his role in the flick, and what we know about the status of the movie right now.

David Harbour
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Here’s how you know Harbour

Harbour has been acting since the late 1990s. He got his start on TV, playing one-off roles on Law & Order and its spinoffs. During this time, he had smaller parts in acclaimed films such as Brokeback Moutain and Revolutionary Road, as well as action flicks like War of the Worlds and Quantum of Solace.

His status shot up in the next decade, as he earned parts on series such as The Newsroom and State of Affairs. But Harbour is now best known for his main role as Jim Hopper on the Netflix hit Stranger Things, for which he has been twice nominated for an Emmy.

His new film is also in the superhero genre

Harbour is no stranger to the world of superheroes. He played D.A. Frank Scanlon in 2011’s The Green Hornet, and once again entered the DC universe in Suicide Squad, portraying government official Dexter Tolliver.

But 2019 has him leaving mainstream comics in the reboot of Hellboy, in which he stars as the titular hero. This is Harbour’s biggest role to date and has clearly earned him attention from the execs over at Marvel.

There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to Black Widow

There’s no word yet on what role Harbour will play, but this isn’t exactly surprising given Marvel’s layers upon layers of secrecy when it comes to its future content. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Black Widow (as it is currently titled, though that could obviously change) is gearing up to begin production in June.

Right now, this is all we know: The movie stars Scarlett Johansson reprising her MCU role. Only one other cast member has been announced: Florence Pugh, an up-and-comer who recently starred in the wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family. Additionally, the film has a director (Cate Shortland, Lore) and a script, penned by Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).

What will Black Widow be about?

Again, Marvel is keeping things under wraps as much as possible, but we do know that Black Widow is poised to be an origin story for the character, who never received one while her male counterparts (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and even the Hulk) did at the beginning of what’s now known as the MCU. This was a point of contention for many fans, who pushed Marvel to have Black Widow’s standalone feature be the first female-led flick in the franchise.

Though this didn’t transpire (Captain Marvel assumed that role), Johansson’s allowed her to push the studio to create a film just for her. Despite how long it is taking, we’re still really looking forward to seeing how Marvel decides to approach the story behind the powerful Russian spy.

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