For those who haven't seen the Netflix series' third season, Alexei is an affable Russian scientist with a love for Slurpees, Woody Woodpecker and America.
Played to comedic and heartbreaking perfection by the Ukrainian–British actor Alec Utgoff, Alexei is one of the shining beacons of joy in an otherwise nerve-wracking, horrifying and ultimately downbeat season, but because we can't have nice things, stuff doesn't exactly go well and, without getting into it too much, a lot of tears were shed.
Needless to say, fans had a lot of feelings about the bizarre connection as well -- not to mention the fact that Harbour's Jim Hopper spent the whole season beating up Russians and will now be playing one.
david harbour playing a character named alexi is like salt on a wound
Finding out David Harbour would be in the Black Widow movie had me literally doing spins of joy in my kitchen last night, and now I’m even more excited because he name is apparently going to be Alexei!!!! STRANGER THINGS OR WHAT
So apparently david harbour is in a marvel movie now and he’s some russian named alexi. Marvel probably knows how much we miss alexei and decided to do this.. but that’s just a theory..A GAME THEORY! 🤠 pic.twitter.com/rSoKGdnt8B
"In the Cold War, there was a nuclear arms race and the Americans developed all these armaments, including Captain America," Harbour explained. "The Soviets retaliated by creating their own version, called the Red Guardian. But he’s somewhat different than Captain America. He’s a very complicated guy, and that’s what I love about him."
"Alexei, he's a tremendously flawed guy, and also has tremendous humor and tremendous heart," the actor added of his newly announced character. Check out the video below to hear more.
Black Widow is set to be released on May 1, 2020. Season three of Stranger Things is streaming now on Netflix.