We were never really sure what happened to the Red Skull at the end of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘ but we’ve long known that Hugo Weaving has never wanted to reprise his role as the villain, though that may have changed. When we last saw him he was taken by the Tesseract and presumed dead but as any comic fan know death isn’t always permanent and we’ve already seen that the Tesseract can transport people elsewhere instead of killing them. Fans have long hoped that Captain America’s true arch nemesis has been hanging out in limbo waiting to return and with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ coming up, that could be the perfect time to do it.
Previously Weaving had stated that, “it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it if they didn’t want to.”
However, times have changed. He first spoke up with how much he actually liked playing the character:
“It was fun to play; I enjoyed the outrageousness of the German accent that I employed and I enjoyed the extraordinary mask and costume, even though it was unbelievably hot inside it. I enjoy mask work; I enjoy trying to animate masks and reveal certain things that the mask itself might not reveal. V for Vendetta was another example of that, but there was less animation within that mask versus the Red Skull.”
However, what about returning to it? He was so vehemently against it previously. Well, with time comes experience and reflection:
“With Marvel, it’s pretty basic stuff: accept the deal and enjoy the ride. It’s not a major stretch for an actor, but on the other hand, the difficulty with the Marvel universe is maintaining a link to a human dimension within such an extraordinary, technological CGI universe. In terms of me going back and doing another one, I don’t know. I’m not sure what they’re up to with the Red Skull.”
Marvel, Weaving is under contract as initially stated. He also would be open to returning to the character. You have in an upcoming film the perfect narrative to return him to the land of the living. If you don’t take advantage of this to pit Red Skull against Captain America once more (or Bucky if Cap doesn’t make it through the Infinity War), or just a way to give birth to Hydra once again, you are wasting a golden opportunity!
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Source: Comic Book Movie
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