One of the most memorable elements of Stranger Things Season 3 was the ongoing relationship between Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder), which made the conclusion of the season, in which Hopper seemingly dies, all the more heartbreaking. This week, Harbour paid tribute to their relationship while hanging with another Marvel Studios star.
According to ComicBook.com, Harbour, who is slated to star in Marvel’s Black Widow, was photographed posing with The Eternals star Salma Hayek. While Hayek sported a Black Widow hat and Harbour a Captain America t-shirt, the latter wore another tender item of clothing--a pocket square bearing the word “Jopper,” the fan name referring to Joyce and Hopper’s relationship.
“Even as I move into this magical @marvelstudios world with colossal talents like @salmahayek ...My heart still bleeds for them. And the life that could have been. Post a romantic enzo’s eve. Thanks @popbuzz for noticing,” Harbour wrote in an Instagram caption of the photo.
Harbour’s "bleeding heart" refers to the tragic end that came to Joyce and Hopper’s brief romance, though most fans suspect his character is still alive. While some high profile figures were dubious of their relationship, the romance, and the character in general, were broadly popular.
If you ask us, it’s great Harbour is showing that kind of awareness of the characters and their impact--we might (might!) have lost Hopper, but at least we’ll have Harbour’s heart of gold.