• Marvel's Black Widow movie is borrowing one of Captain America's best stories. 1 / 10

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  • The cast of Black Widow includes David Harbour as Red Guardian aka Alexi Shostakov. 2 / 10

  • Red Guardian is a super soldier and the Russian equivalent of Captain America. 3 / 10

  • The Alexi Shostakov version originated in Avengers #43. He was Black Widow's husband and a Russian soldier trained to surpass Captain America. 4 / 10

  • After a brutal confrontation between Cap and his Russian counterpart, Red Guardian's superiors realized that Cap would win and interfered. 5 / 10

  • Red Guardian, disgusted by their dishonorable actions, rebelled and sacrificed himself to save Captain America and Black Widow. 6 / 10

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  • Marvel Comics' sympathetic depiction of a Communist character was surprising for the 1960s. 7 / 10

  • Cap's fight with Red Guardian remains one of the heroes' best stories from the Silver Age of Comics. 8 / 10

  • Though Chris Evans has exited the MCU as Captain America, Red Guardian in Black Widow is proof that the MCU is finding other ways to bring these Captain America stories to life. 9 / 10

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