Marvel Black Widow Movie! The name sounds so familiar. Isn’t it! Just a heads up before we get into the real context of the story – In the 1960’s Captain America and Red Guardian had a rivalry that did not survive for long though but has left sustainable impact since then. Now we hear that Marvel Comics have figured out a way to get into Marvel’s Black Widow and it plans to feature Red Guardian.
For those who aren’t much aware of the significance of Red Guardian then they must know that it was Red Guardian who provided one of the all time greatest Captain America stories to come out of the silver age of comics.
So the big game is on!
Black Widow will take place after Captain America: Civil war and before Avengers: Infinity war. If you know Natasha Romanoff ( who wouldn’t!) had met her end after a heroic sacrifice in Avengers Endgame, but here the plot seems absolutely different and based on Black Widow’s story.
The plot builds itself on Marvel Comics villain Taskmaster and further digs deep into Black Widow’s history and its association with KGB.
The Stranger Things actor David Harbour has been roped in as the Russian super soldier Red Guardian. Amongst the multiple versions of Red Guardian in the comics, Harbour’s character is the original one – Alexi Shostakov. Marvel Comic – Red Guardian was a Black Widow’s husband and coveted Soviet pilot.
His death was faked on special purpose for Russian government to secretly train him for becoming their weapon that could take on Captain America. This made him a special character on Marvel’s pantheon.
Russians as always
Russians were hellbent to prove their superiority over Captain America. There they encountered the Red Guardian, who wanted to show that he was superior to Captain America.
Red Guardian could easily knock down Hawkeye. But Captain America didn’t let him win. Here’s the twist is what made it such a big success and epic…Seeing Red Guardian was about to lose, his seniors try to kill Captain America.
This was supposedly the end of Captain America lest the real hero in Red Guardian rises up and did not let superiors kill Captain America. Red Guardian later died saving lives for Steve Rogers and Black Widow.
However the big fact of the matter is – how yet again Marvel Studios have found various other ways to bring old stories to life. That is why
‘Marvel Studios are ‘The Marvel’ of todays world.
Hats off for their then depiction of Red Guardian and compassionately putting it together, considering those as the most sensitive times. We all would have read – how in 1960’s, it was rarest of rare rather impossible for a Russian Character to be shown in a good positive light and that too in a comic book industry / publications.
Concluding, we shall all agree that Captain America and Red Guardian battle was not only powerful but compelling beyond words.