Black Widow’s David Harbour Reveals How He Scored His Red Guardian Role

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AlexeiRed Guardian. Alexei is known most famously as Red Room's answer to Captain America. He's a Super-Soldier spy who has lived a lifetime of triumph during the Cold War. marvel.comRed Guardian (Alexei) | Characters

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As Black Widow follows Natasha on a journey to take down the infamous Red Room that tortured and transformed her into a superspy, the movie takes time for a couple of standout moments to make an important observation about how its leading character has been portrayed throughout the franchise.

Throughout much of Black Widow, there’s a decided tension between Natasha and Yelena stemming partially from the traumatic way their lives as adoptive sisters came to a sudden halt, but also from the fact that Natasha seemingly chose to leave her past life with Yelena and their parents behind completely. As much as Natasha genuinely cares for Yelena, her sister provides her with intel about the modern Red Room that makes it easy to see how Yelena felt abandoned. Not only is the Room Room still in operation, but General Dreykov (Ray Winstone)—the man who ran the original operation and who Natasha thought she killed—is still quite alive. As an Avenger, these are the sorts of things that the hero presumably could have discovered and dealt with quite easily had she bothered to look into them.

While Yelena certainly begrudges her sister to a certain extent, she also knows that Natasha has been rather busy with her Black Widow duties, some of which have become public knowledge because of the spectacular nature of skirmishes the Avengers get mixed up in. One of the ways Yelena calls her sister out and lets her know she’s been watching her from afar is by asking her point-blank what the deal is with all of her signature battle poses which, while “cool” and “sexy,” make little sense for combat situations.

Today, there are far more women kicking ass and taking names throughout the larger MCU, but for years, Black Widow was the sole woman on the Avengers team and the one whose sex appeal was often the focus of their presentations. In the scenes where Yelena makes fun of the way Natasha tends to “hero land” (as if she knows that people are watching her), Black Widow’s speaking directly to the audience and drawing attention to its own cheesecake-y scene. The solo film features its own fair share of moments where Natasha and the other Red Room Black Widows are recognizably doing the most instead of methodically and discreetly killing one another. But Black Widow also takes particular care to use its gaze to highlight how, within this story, both Natasha and Yelena have agency over their bodies and actions—something that becomes a larger theme throughout the movie.

By the time Black Widow comes to a close, Natasha gets in at least one dramatic three-point landing accompanied by an extravagant hair flip, and within Black Widow, those beats work as jokes because of the movie’s self-awareness. Silly as it was, Natasha’s schtick canonically served her well right up until the very end but considering Yelena’s distaste for her sister’s poses, there’s a chance that might be the last of that specific element of flair in the MCU. When you consider Black Widow’s mid-credits scene, you can see how we may be in for even more exploration of both Yelena as well as stories of Natasha through her seeming successor in the not-too-distant future.

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David Harbour Clarifies if Red Guardian Really Fought Captain America

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However, that's not it. Long before Nat joined the Avengers, Alexei was already somewhat of a superhero — at least to his country. He operated as the Red Guardian, Russia's answer to Captain America. Not much is revealed about the character's origin story in Black Widow, but in the film, he's adamant that he fought Captain America in the '80s. Of course, no one would believe his story considering that Steve Rogers was still on ice at that point. But, Alexei insists, even asking Nat if Captain Rogers even mentioned fighting him as his surrogate daughter spent time with the Star-Spangled Hero as both are original Avengers. Just like him, Harbour is also convinced that they once found themselves face-to-face.

In an interview with Inverse, the actor was asked to reveal if Alexei was bluffing about encountering Captain America, and he says that he's fully convinced that this was the case. Meanwhile, when the same query was posed to Shortland, she's less committal with her answer, opting to joke about it than giving a straight reply.

Harbour: “I will say they are absolutely true, 100 percent. Part of the fun thing about Alexei is that I wasn’t interested in reality. He doesn’t even know that he’s lying. Sometimes as an actor, I’ll have to know the reality because I’ll know [if] the character is lying. But Alexei simply believes this stuff is true.”

Shortland: “I wanna see Alexei and Captain America together. If we saw them together now, I think we know what would happen. I don’t want to see Alexei poo his pants. I think that’s what would happen. You’d find this little boy in the corner crying his eyes out.”

So what are the chances that Red Guardian did fight Captain America as claimed in Black Widow? Quite slim if he's talking about Steve given the timeline. But, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier established that the original Super Soldier wasn't the only one who embodied that identity. Isaiah Bradley's whole existence was erased from history by the U.S. government, so there's a chance that there are other people who wielded the shield while Steve wasn't around.

Source: Inverse

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Victims are frequently taught not to trust anyone outside of the establishment, and are often terrified into believing that even if they could escape, they would have nowhere to go.

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While this scene may be a little insensitive in its handling of the issue, forced sterilization has been used throughout history to control large groups of people, and victims of human trafficking — particularly sex trafficking — are no exception.

Obviously, a pheromone block is fake, but the symbolism in the loss of control is real. Real-life victims of human trafficking are often subjected to forced drug usage (particularly opioids) so that abusers can manipulate and exploit them.

Globally, one in every three victims of trafficking is a child. And in lower income countries, children account for half of the trafficked victims. 

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