Black Widow might not be as good as we might have expected the solo venture to be. But the movie did manage to bring a variety of new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is a chance that we might even get to see a lot more from these characters in the future of the franchise. Natasha’s sister Yelena has already met some of the other MCU characters including Hawkeye and Kate Bishop in the Disney+ series Hawkeye. But another character from the movie the fans really enjoyed was that of the Red Guardian. Even though the character felt like comic relief, he had some interesting depth to his narrative. A new theory from Black Widow suggests that the Super Soldier Serum of Red Guardian might have been killing him.
There was a lot of excitement regarding Black Widow as the project was in discussion for quite a long time. The movie was supposed to be the very first solo venture in the MCU featuring a female character. But we finally got to see the movie come out after the death of the character in the events of Avengers: Endgame. There was some major hype for the project considering it would give insight to the character in the MCU. It failed to be a success story because of certain plot points actually failing to deliver the narrative. But it did end up giving us a lot of interesting characters whom we would love to watch in the future of the franchise.
The three interesting characters who are new additions include Yelena Belova, Melina Vostokoff, and Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian. While David Harbour’s Alexei Shostakov might have been quite fun, the character actually has a deep narrative. Natasha and Yelena reunite with Red Guardian when they break him out of prison. He was put there for life right after his mission in Ohio by Ray Winstone’s Dreykov, the leader of the Red Room. This was no ordinary prison as he was sent to Seventh Circle Prison which is a highly-secure facility in a remote area of Russia. He had been wasting his life here for quite a long time while telling other tales of his adventures as Red Guardian. But fans have a theory that might tell us something about him.
Theory: The Super Soldier Serum of Red Guardian Was Killing Him
There was some major speculation regarding the character right after Black Widow came out. This was about why the Red Guardian didn’t manage to break out of the prison before. Based on a theory on Reddit, Red Guardian’s Super Soldier Serum was slowly killing him and he required medical attention to stay alive. The primary focus of this theory is drawn from the scenario that follows Natasha and Yelena’s flight back. The trio somehow managed to make it to Saint Petersburg even though the aircraft was low on fuel. That clearly indicates that the remoteness of the prison wasn’t what kept Red Guardian from escaping.
Even if Red Guardian managed to break out of the prison he would have made it to some nearby town. Red Guardian’s health was getting worse with his age even though he had taken the Super Soldier Serum. The theory suggests that he required medical attention in order to keep himself alive. This could also explain how he knew where Melina lived. She could have been involved in making sure that he survives and he might have had the information of her location for his own safety. Now that he is out, she could actually be providing him with the required medical attention.
The elements of this theory actually work out along the narrative of the movie. We clearly saw him using his superpowers when he broke out of the prison when he broke through doors and jumped up walls. It was rather obvious that he could have managed to do all these without the help of Natasha and Yelena. His appearance had also worsened with time and that could have been the effects of the Super Soldier Serum. But there are other reasons that could’ve kept him from getting out of prison. He might have carried guilt or maybe he was enjoying being the best amongst the rest of his prison inmates.