The last we saw of the Red Skull at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger he was defeated in the most hallowed tradition of comic-book mythology: there was no body. Not a single fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe walked out of the theater thinking, “Well….that’s THAT for him I suppose. No chance of HIM ever popping up again at some point in a future movie to hassle the good Captain. I mean, he never came back from the dead in the COMICS did he?“
We knew better.
And we knew Hugo Weaving, the man under the mask, had a multi-film contract.
But what we also knew after the film was released was that Weaving, while praising his experience working on the film and in the MCU, was pretty much done. He had no real interest in revisiting the character, and, given this opinion, would be surprised if Marvel Studios would make him reprise his role. The MCU audience assumed that should the Red Skull appear again, the actor would likely be a different one.
However, in a recent talk with Yahoo Movies to review his past films and discuss the films he has coming up in the next year, Weaving again talked about how much fun playing a true villain was:
I thought it would be a lot of fun to play a classic über-Nazi, someone who thought Hitler was a pussy! [Laughs] 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.
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.
And then, slipping in quietly at the end, a decidedly NOT unequivocal “NO” on revisiting the character:
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.
An argument could be made that the studio could stick anyone under so much mask and the audience would accept it and move on (Rhodey springs to mind). But continuity is important to the comic fan (people still mention the Rhodey switch…I just did), and Weaving inhabited the role with so much energy and madness that many fans might think it would be hard to replicate with someone else.
This vocal easing up on his thoughts on the role is likely to bring some peace of mind to those fans. What about your state of mind? Let’s hear about it below.
Source: Yahoo Movies