Over the years Aleksei Shostakov, also known as Red Guardian, has made some random appearances in Marvel’s animated and video game offerings. The character’s most notable role came when David Harbour brought him to life in 2021’s Black Widow. Now, it seems like the Russian super-soldier could be preparing for a cameo in the highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The potential cameo was first teased in a mini commercial for Tide laundry detergent. In a post on social media, David Harbour shared the clip alongside a caption that said, “The strangest thing just happened to me…” The most important note? He also added hashtags for the Doctor Strange follow-up. In the advert, the Marvel alum shows viewers a jelly stain on one of his shirts. But as he’s about to reveal the soapy fix, a hand reaches through a very familiar gold-hued portal and grabs it. See David Habour in a Doctor Strange-themed commercial for Tide below:
The last time we saw David Harbour’s character was at the end of Black Widow. Accompanied by Belova and Vostokoff, he said goodbye to Romanoff and left with Antonia to free and rehabilitate the other Widows. While none of that sounds like it fits into the multiverse, stranger things have been known to happen. A popular theory, currently doing the rounds online, is that there’s an alternate universe where Red Guardian is as famous as Captain America.
Luckily, fans don’t have to wait much longer to see if David Harbour has a cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as the film is just a few weeks away from release. The movie will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange and is the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. It is also a continuation of the storylines introduced in WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Set a few months after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the story follows Doctor Stephen Strange as he continues to discover the secrets of the Time Stone. But his work is threatened by a friend-turned-enemy, causing him to accidentally unleash a mysterious new adversary. Now, with the help of old and new allies (which may include David Harbour’s Red Guardian), Doctor Strange must travel into the multiverse to save the world.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script by Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo. Xochitl Gomez and Michael Stuhlbarg also appear in the movie. If David Harbour is making a cameo in the film, he will probably only be credited once the film is released on May 2nd, 2022.
Meanwhile, David Harbour is set to reprise his role as Jim Hopper in the fourth season of Stranger Things. Consisting of nine episodes, the popular Netflix series will be released in two volumes starting on May 27th. The second batch of episodes will premiere a few weeks later on July 1st. The story begins six months after the horrifying Battle of Starcourt turned the quiet town of Hawkins into a war zone.