There is much more in common between Strangers Things and Black Widow than David Harbor in the cast. The actor, who gained the spotlight playing Sheriff Jim Hopper on the Netflix series, will make his Marvel Movie Universe (MCU) debut a month from now, playing the Red Guardian.
Harbor even noted during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that both characters have many similarities. So, before proceeding with the article, it is worth noting that may contain spoilers to follow from both Black Widow and Stranger Things. Read at your own risk.
Simply put, the actor noted that his characters are currently Russian prisoners in both productions. Harbor even jokes during the interview comparing the upcoming release of AntZ and Insect’s life, the only difference is that the fourth season of Stranger Things it should only arrive next year, as Finn Wolfhard recently declared. Black Widow, in turn, will premiere hybrid on Disney+ and theaters on July 9, 2021.
The new information around here is that Shostakov is in prison. Harbor revealed to Kimmel that “I let my hair grow and I was cast for something else [Viúva Negra] to play a Russian prisoner. So I had this long hair and this beard, and I was big, so I thought, ‘I can’t be the same guy with long hair and beard in the same prison.’
According to his statements, he was the only one bothered with such similarity between the two characters.
“There are all these conspiracy theories that Hopper was arrested in Russia, put on a superhero costume and is now the Red Guardian,” joked the actor during the chat. There is no information, however, if the Duffer brothers saw this similarity as a problem, but Harbor wanted to make sure that neither of the two projects used the same colors in sets, costumes or any other aspect that could generate comparisons, so to do this, he started photographing details of the recording set and sending it to the showrunners from the original Netflix series.
That’s why Hopper appeared in one of the teasers released in Stranger Things bald. The decision came from the actor, who told the Duffer brothers about the length of his hair in Black Widow, as well as of your beard. So when the series’ fourth season hits Netflix next year, know that the character’s appearance in Russian prison was entirely thought up by David Harbour.
Created by the Duffer brothers, Stranger Things It features Winona Ryder, Millie Bobbie Brown, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke in the cast. The first three seasons are available in the catalog of Netflix.