With the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things, David Harbour is looking for a way to pay homage to his favorite Marvel character. He wants a red guardian Easter egg in the show!
David Harbour, who plays the villainous Black Widow in Marvel’s The Avengers, has revealed that he wants a red guardian Easter egg in Stranger Things 4.
David Harbour wants to wink to the “crazy coincidence” with an Easter egg connecting Alexei Shostakov and Jim Hopper after portraying a Russian jail prisoner in Black Widow and Season 4 of Stranger Things. In Stranger Things 4, Harbour’s American police commander has a shorn head as a prisoner of a Russian gulag, a far cry from his Marvel portrayal as a bearded and long-haired Soviet super-soldier. As production on the fourth season of Netflix’s Stranger Things comes to a close, Harbour believes there’s still time for the show to pay homage to Marvel’s Red Guardian, a fan favorite.
“I still have more filming to do. Maybe I’ll bring it up with [Stranger Things creators] the Duffer Brothers. We should include an Easter egg in the mix “Fandango All Access spoke with Harbour. “The fact that I ended myself in two Russian jails is a complete coincidence. I had the beard and long hair, and I was all set to play the following season, but then [Black Widow] came along, and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m certainly going to use the beard and the entire thing, it’s going to be fantastic.’”
When it came time for Harbour to make the transition from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Stranger Things universe for Season 4, though, he was unsure “‘We can’t have everything look the same, folks,’ I said. It’s a Russian jail,’ says the narrator “Harbour said. “So we made up an entire narrative on the spot for it. That’s something they’re extremely excellent at. The Duffer Brothers believe in making the most of what they have, and as a consequence, their ideas improve.”
Harbour returned to Stranger Things for a “rebirth” of Jim Hopper after launching his over-the-hill hero alongside Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow. Hopper will “re-emerge as a changed human being” in Season 4 after being presumed dead by Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and his adopted daughter Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) following his sacrifice in the Stranger Things 3 finale.
“There’s some fun things this season,” Harbour recently told Entertainment Tonight, “but it’s also the most tragic stuff I’ve ever had to perform.” “We’ll see a lot of Hopper at his most vulnerable, and we’ll learn a lot of details about his past that have only been hinted at in boxes in his attic. We’ll see a lot of these various strands, and we’ll also get to see him reborn.”
When the next season unveils “this whole other side” of Hopper — and exposes a secret five years in the making — viewers will see “this savagery that he needs to survive Russia.”
“There’s one element in it that I’ve known from the first frame of the first season and that plays a major role this season. The minute we began filming, myself and the Duffers would sit around and hypothesize, ‘Oh, wouldn’t this be cool?’ “Harbour said to ET. “We didn’t think we’d have a second season, and now we’re getting to do it in this one. It’s very gratifying to have had an idea five years ago and to be able to say, “Oh, this is the season when we’re going to reveal this secret that we’ve been keeping hidden as a subtle way to inform something.” We’re finally going to lay everything out, and it’s going to be fantastic.”
Stranger Things 4 will be released on Netflix at a later date. Marvel’s Black Widow is now available on Disney+ Premier Access and in cinemas.
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