Good news for fans of David Harbour and Rachel Weisz’s characters that were introduced in Disney’s Black Widow. It seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe newbies will be showing their faces again in the franchise sooner rather than later.
Black Widow was a smash hit at the box office, marking the largest pandemic-era opening weekend ever. Fans have been talking left, right and sideways about the introduction of characters like David Harbour’s Red Guardian as well as Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. The beauty of a successful film means there’s a likelihood for a sequel. Meanwhile, the beauty of joining a connected franchise like that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe means there are even more opportunities for characters to return outside a run of the mill sequel — and that’s just what Marvel boss Kevin Feige is teasing.
Speaking on Thursday’s episode of the Inside Disney podcast, the man behind everything Marvel revealed that fans can bank on seeing David Harbour’s Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz’s Melina Vostokoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some way very soon. After all, Pugh’s Yelena already has her next moment in the franchise in the books. Those who were smart enough to wait for the mid-credits scene of Black Widow (which should be everyone by this point, honestly) saw Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine recruit Yelena to take on Hawkeye.
As savvy fans know, Hawkeye will be the latest to join the likes of Wanda Maximoff, Falcon and Loki in getting their own standalone series at Disney+. Variety previously confirmed that Pugh has signed on to appear in Hawkeye. Therefore, it’s entirely possible that Yelena will turn to David Harbour’s Red Guardian and the rest of her newly reunited fake family to wage a misguided war on everyone’s favorite archer.
One possible entry point for David Harbour to return could be by way of Valentina’s other recruit, U.S. Agent. As fans of Falcon and the Winter Soldier will remember, the enigmatic character showed up at the end of that series to recruit John Walker for whatever nefarious team she’s building. Walker spent most of the series lamenting the fact that, as hard as he tried, he was simply no Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, Harbour’s Red Guardian spent most of his screen time lying about having battled his “contemporary,” Captain America. With Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers essentially out of commission in the franchise, maybe fans will be treated to an ego-based throw down between Red Guardian and U.S. Agent after they’re introduced to each other by Yelena?
Unfortunately, nothing is set in stone as the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a state of flux. Waylaid by the pandemic, its entire release schedule was pushed back leaving fans to ponder the possibilities of a post-Endgame universe for longer than expected. Thanks to the release of the first three Disney+ series as well as Black Widow, fans can finally see Phase 4 taking shape. However, thanks to endless teases for a multiverse that will not only bring in alternate timelines and even franchises, there are now endless possibilities for the introduction of new characters and the return of one-hit-wonders like David Harbour.