Black Widow star David Harbour recently revealed that the third act of the 2021 superhero movie was completely reworked while they were shooting it.
The actor made the revelation during an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, which was conducted before the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Harbour — who portrays Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — was asked about the status of Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts, an upcoming film that will serve as a standalone sequel to Black Widow. “Yeah, I mean, we were, I think, gonna go and then I think they did want the opportunity to change some stuff,” Harbour said on Thunderbolts. “The interesting thing about Marvel that’s so great about them is they do rework stuff. Even big productions. Like Black Widow, the entire third act was reworked as we were shooting, which is incredible. And so, they just want that freedom.”
Harbour made his first appearance as Red Guardian — Russia’s answer to Captain America — in the MCU in Black Widow, with his character serving as a father figure to the title character. While there was some speculation within the fandom about Harbour appearing in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), the actor did not end up making a cameo. Instead, Red Guardian will next be seen in Thunderbolts, which will reunite him with his Black Widow co-stars Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova) and Olga Kurylenko (Taskmaster).
Thunderbolts was announced by Marvel Studios at the D23 Expo 2022, with Eric Pearson and Jake Schreier attached as writer and director, respectively. However, Pearson, who scripted 2021’s Black Widow for Marvel, was replaced as screenwriter in March 2023 with Beef creator Lee Sung Jin taking his place. Harbour revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that the current script for Thunderbolts “is really tight and really great,” adding that Schrier also “thinks it’s great.”
Who Else Is in Thunderbolts?
The Thunderbolts is Marvel’s version of the DC Comics’ task force the Suicide Squad, with both teams packed with former villains who accept perilous missions from the government. Besides Red Guardian, Yelena Belova and Taskmaster, the Thunderbolts roster in the upcoming Phase 5 film will include John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), Ava Starr/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), with the latter serving as the “de facto leader” of the team. CIA Director Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) will be responsible for assembling the Thunderbolts.
Black Widow is streaming on Disney+. Thunderbolts is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2024.
Source: Happy Sad Confused, via The Direct