Why Red Guardian Can’t Have Fought Captain America In The MCU Timeline


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Is Red Guardian a super soldier?

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

Who is Black Widow's dad?

In a deleted scene from Captain America: Civil War, it is revealed that Black Widow's father is Ivan Romanoff. ParadeWho Is Black Widow? Sister, Dad, Avengers, Enemy, Husband

Does the Red Guardian have powers?

Powers and abilities None of the Red Guardian's various identity users have been revealed to possess superhuman powers or abilities, with the exception of Tania Belinsky after her mutation by the Presence, the Ultimate version, the seventh Red Guardian, and Krylenko. All are highly skilled athletes. wikipedia.orgAlexei Shostakov as Red Guardian

In Marvel's Black Widow, Red Guardian's claims about fighting Captain America have to be false. While the film saw Natasha Romanoff and her sister Yelena breaking Alexei Shostakov's Red Guardian from a Soviet prison, he was seen beforehand boasting to his fellow inmates about having fought his American counterpart, though his story clearly doesn't add up based upon the MCU's timeline. While there's a slim chance that he might have fought Steve Rogers at one point, the odds are much higher that Shostakov merely wishes he and Cap had crossed paths.

However, when Alexei shares that this happened either in 1983 or 1984, he's called a liar due to the fact that Captain America was still frozen in the ice from 1945-2011. Unless Red Guardian is a lot older than he looks and had his dates wrong, there's no way he fought Captain America. Furthermore, even if he had fought Rogers in the '40s before he was frozen it wouldn't make much sense seeing as how the US and Soviet Union were allies during WWII. As such, it's much more likely that Red Guardian is simply lying about facing Captain America in order to elevate his own status, having an obsession about wanting to be seen as Cap's equal.

All in all, Red Guardian was almost definitely lying about fighting Captain America simply to bolster his reputation and clout, though perhaps he could fight Sam Wilson's Captain America down the line? Black Widow certainly set up the opportunity for Red Guardian to be featured in future MCU projects now that Dreykov and the Red Room are no more. Perhaps he could be a rival and/or ally to Wilson in the recently announced Captain America 4? While that's just conjecture at the moment, it seems as though Red Guardian will have to work on building a legacy for real, rather than relying on fake stories about facing the original Captain America.

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Black Widow: Falcon and Winter Soldier Sets Up Red Guardian's Perfect Rival

CBR - Comic Book Resources 12 July, 2021 - 05:05pm

In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff has a difficult time forgiving Russian super-soldier Alexei Shostakov, who posed as her and Yelena's father as part of a secret mission before abandoning them to the infamous Red Room. She and Yelena nevertheless break the one-time Red Guardian out of prison, where he's spent the past 20 years, regaling fellow inmates with stories about his glory days, including a questionable account of battling Captain America.

After helping Natasha and Yelena (in his own way) to destroy the Red Room and his former handler, General Dreykov, Alexei (David Harbour) appears to be little more than a Cold War relic destined for a well-earned rest. Except that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has already set up his perfect rival for the Red Guardian in John Walker, U.S. Agent.

In Black Widow, Alexei boasts of once defeating Captain America, whom he describes as "my great adversary in this theater of geopolitical conflict." Never mind that he claims their encounter took place in 1983 or 1984, which, as his fellow prisoner points out, is an impossibility, because Steve Rogers was still frozen in ice. For that, Alexei breaks the inmate's wrist during their arm-wrestling match.

In that sequence, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's present (that is, 2023), Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Valentina Allegra de Fontaine sidles up to a grieving Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) at Natasha's grave. It's quickly established that Yelena has already been carrying out missions for Valentina, her her next one is to take out Hawkeye, for his role in Natasha's death in Avengers: Endgame. That would suggest Valentina is indeed forming a version of the Dark Avengers, and using Yelena's grief to add a Black Widow to the roster.

As a result, Alexei could well intervene to try to prevent the loss of another "daughter." Despite his often-gruff exterior, and his numerous missteps during their childhood, Alexei eventually came to recognize how much he actually cares for Natasha and Yelena, who only posed as his and Melina Vostokoff's children as cover for a Russian sleeper cell in mid-1990s Ohio. With Natasha now dead, he certainly wouldn't want Yelena to be manipulated again, not after the way Dreykov and his Red Room controlled them for years.

Seeing as John is a super-soldier like him, Alexei would certainly love this potential challenge. Positioning U.S. Agent as Red Guardian's rival would be the perfect way to combine the personal with the idealistic, and give Alexei a chance to live out his Cold War fantasy.

Black Widow Had to Cut a Ton of Harbour's Red Guardian Footage

CBR - Comic Book Resources 12 July, 2021 - 03:43pm

During an interview with TheWrap, Shortland talked about actor David Harbour's take on Red Guardian. "Sometimes — not sometimes — often I would be crying with laughter," Shortland stated. "And there was so much good stuff that didn’t end up in the film. But I think that's why Red Guardian needs his own movie. Because it will be so funny." Shortland did not go into specifics about the cut scenes.

Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, the original comic version of Alexei Shostakov debuted in the pages of 1967's The Avengers #43. Unlike the MCU version, Shostakov was Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow's ex-husband. While seemingly dying in the following issue, he would return and take up the Ronin mantle several years later before recently returning to the Red Guardian identity.

After being delayed several times due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which caused the movie to miss its planned release last year, Black Widow finally hit theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9, having brought in $60 million globally on the latter. Shortland also recently weighed in the possibility of a sequel, saying, "I think these girls have got a lot of asses still to kick."

Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. The film marks Johansson's final appearance as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following her death in Avengers: Endgame.

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Here's How Scarlett Johansson Found Out About Her Avengers: Endgame Death

Looper 12 July, 2021 - 07:15am

All eyes are on Scarlett Johansson now that "Black Widow" is finally in theaters and on Disney+. Natasha Romanoff got the solo film she always deserved, which takes place between the events of 2016's "Captain America: Civil War" and 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War." While we already know that Natasha doesn't make it out of "Avengers: Endgame" alive, "Black Widow" is still a fun ride with a compelling story that introduces all-new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film's post-credits scene takes us back to present day, where the audience is reminded yet again that Natasha is no longer with us.

As difficult as it is for Marvel fans to again relive that horrible — but necessary — death, it wasn't as hard for Johansson to swallow. The actress has been busy promoting her new film, and in an interview with BBC Radio 1, she revealed what it was like to find out that Natasha was going to meet her demise in "Endgame."

As far as handling the news, Johansson took it rather well. "It didn't surprise me that that was a choice that Nat would have made. I knew that she had to feel at peace with that decision and that she was doing it out of love," she said. "It had to feel like she was resolved in that decision, and that decision was hers, and that it wasn't something that was happening to her because so much of her life has happened to her." 

While it might have been hard to say goodbye to Natasha, Johansson was happy with how she went out: saving the entire universe. Is there a better way to go?

"Black Widow" is currently playing in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

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