'Black Widow': Red Guardian is married to Melina and not Natasha as in the comics, new footage shows

'Black Widow': Red Guardian is married to Melina and not Natasha as in the comics, new footage shows
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The new 'Black Widow' trailer has led to much speculation and theories as fans are excited to finally learn the mysterious origins of the femme fatale in the Avengers team.

New footage from the upcoming Black Widow film that was shown at ComicCon in Sao Paulo revealed that Red Guardian/Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour) is married in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, comic book fans should brace themselves for a twist.

According to Omelete and other sources, exclusive footage at the event confirmed Alexei was married to Melina (Rachel Weisz) and not Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) like in the comics.


The Red Guardian was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, and made his debut in the 1967's 'The Avengers' #43.

The character was a Soviet counterpart to Captain America and was married to Black Widow.


However, their marriage ended when KGB lied that he had died in a rocket explosion.

In the films, Black Widow was one of the original Avengers, before her death in 'Avengers: Endgame' where she sacrificed herself to retrieve the soul stone from Vormir.

'Black Widow' is the character's first solo film and the first installment in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4, which will also feature films such as 'The Eternals', and 'Shang-Chi, and 'Legend of the Ten Rings.'

The film will be set in Budapest.

The mysterious events that took place in Budapest seems to be an inside joke between Natasha and Hawkeye in 'The Avengers' (2012), as well as in 'Avengers: Endgame' (2019).

We'll finally get to learn what transpired on this mission. 

"It's a film about self-forgiveness... and family," Johansson said in an interview with Vanity Fair. "In the 'Black Widow' film, the character when we find her is in a moment of real crisis. Throughout the film by facing herself in a lot of ways—and all the things that make her—she actually comes through that crisis on the other side and is able to reset into space where she's a more grounded self-possessed person. That's her journey."


Directed by Cate Shortland, 'Black Widow' stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei or The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

The film will release on May 1, 2020.

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