David Harbour has revealed he would love to play Red Guardian more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor made this revelation during a recent interview, where he discussed some of his biggest acting credits in Violent Night, Stranger Things, and Thunderbolts.
Speaking about the character to TotalFilm, Harbour stated that he really likes him (Red Guardian). The Stranger Things actor also talked about his fellow characters in Thunderbolts and revealed he is really looking forward to the film.
When asked if he has any interest in reprising his role as Red Guardian, Harbour had the following to say, "I do. I love Red Guardian. I can’t wait to pull back the layers. The great thing about him is that he’s not very well-defined in the comics, like some of the other Marvel superheroes. So we can play with him in a different way, and be surprising and unexpected."
Harbour made his MCU debut as Alexei Shostasko, also known as Red Guardian, in the 2021 film Black Widow. His character was the father to Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. He and Pugh will reprise their roles in the upcoming film Thunderbolts.
Thunderbolts is an MCU film about a group of antiheroes who work with the government to protect the world. Apart from Harbour and Pugh, the film will also star Olga Kurylenko, Harrison Ford, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Taskmaster, Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, Winter Soldier, U.S. Agent, Ghost, and Valentina Allegra de Fontaine respectively.
Harbour’s latest film is Violent Night, a black comedy action film set to be released on December 2. In the film, Harbour will star as Santa Claus and step in to save the day when a rich family is attacked by a band of mercenaries on Christmas Eve. Apart from Harbour, the film stars Beverly D’Angelo, John Leguizamo, Cam Gigandet, Alexis Louder, Leah Brady, and Alex Hassell.
Thunderbolts is scheduled for a July 26, 2024 release. It will be the final film in Marvel’s Phase Five followed by Deadpool 3 which will usher in the next phase of the company’s planned slate of films.