Black Widow: the director talks about a movie on Red Guardian

Black Widow: the director talks about a movie on Red Guardian

Black Widow

Black Widow is the new Marvel cinecomic to have appeared on the big screen in 2021, after a very long hiatus due to the global health emergency. Focused on the character of Natasha Romanoff, again played by Scarlett Johansson, the film is finally available from last July 7, 2021 in theaters and from July 9 on the Disney + streaming catalog. The film is set before the events of Avengers: Endgame (here at a special price), explaining various background on the character of Black Widow and also incorporating some brand new characters into the MCU. Among them, the charismatic Red Guardian played by David Harbor stands out.

During an interview with The Wrap portal (here the original news), director Cate Shortland confirmed that she would love to be able to see a film one day centered on the character of Harbor. The filmmaker has in fact explained that on the set she often and willingly laughed to tears, although a large number of scenes dedicated to Red Guardian would have unfortunately been cut from the final cut. Shortland also knows very well that the public and fans would like to see the Red Guardian in action again, given that she considered that Marvel Studios is always very careful to make the most of its most charismatic characters. However, there are currently no official plans to bring the Red Guardian back into action, neither in a Phase 4 movie nor in a TV series.

Real name Alexi Shostakov, the character is in fact the second version of the Red Guardian to have appeared in Marvel comics, more precisely in 1967. Born to be a real Russian counterpart of Captain America, Red Guardian appears dressed in red and with a striking white Soviet star in the center of his chest, being basically a soldier trained to take part in highly dangerous missions. Along with Harbor, the cast of Black Widow also features Florence Pugh, O. T. Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz.

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<a href="">Scarlett Johansson</a> standing in front of a body of water © Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection

The interconnected storytelling of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives each entry the opportunity to showcase cameos (see Anthony Mackie’s Falcon showing up in “Ant-Man”), and many MCU fans expected the recently-released “Black Widow” to include a major one. Rumors surfaced long before the film’s release that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man would show up (perhaps through cut footage from “Captain America: Civil War”). The confirmation “Black Widow” would reveal the character’s mission in Budapest also had MCU fans banking on an appearance from Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. Neither MCU heavyweight pops up in “Black Widow,” and that was a deliberate choice.

“Initially, there was discussions about everything, about all of the different characters,” director Cate Shortland told Total Film magazine. “What we decided was, and I think Kevin was really great, he said, ‘She doesn’t need the boys.’ We didn’t want it to feel like she needs the support. We want her to stand alone. And she does.”

Prior to the film’s release, Shortland spoke to IndieWire about another way the film distinguished itself from the larger MCU: Graphic violence. “Black Widow” is easily the most violent Marvel movie to date. Making the violence as visceral and hard-hitting as possible was another deliberate choice.

“What I wanted to do was approach every element with the same truth,” Shortland said. “So, if we’re looking at a scene with violence, then we wanted to feel the punches and we wanted to feel the repercussions of a hit or a kick. The way we choreographed the fights, it was really exciting, because we were working with choreographers that really knew how we wanted to work and that we wanted to make it really gritty.”

Shortland continued, “When I came onto the film, because I’d been making art-house films and hadn’t the experience with fights, I kind of made short films exploring what I wanted to explore in this film in terms of physical movement and violence. I cut together sequences from the last 30, 40 years of fights that I loved or moments of violence that I loved, even stalking or chase [scenes]. Then we could all look at that and talk about it.”

“Black Widow” launched over the weekend with $215 million, including a $60 million streaming gross on Disney+ through the studio’s Premier Access banner.

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