There are so many amazing moments that happen in Avengers: Infinity War and it is difficult to pin down what truly stood out the most. Thanos’ quest has left quite an impression but there was one short part that surprised quite a few people.
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Gamora was forced to reveal the location of the Soul Stone to Thanos. He takes her with him to get his hands on it where they are greeted by a shadowy figure. This reaper character turns out to be none other than the Red Skull who has been chosen by the Space Stone to guard the Soul Stone. Having lived there for 70 years, he has gone through quite a rough time. Hugo Weaving has confirmed that he was not interested in returning to the character so they got The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand to play the role. In a recent interview, he revealed a bit about what inspired his performance of Red Skull and how much he has changed.
The biggest thing that Marvel wanted to do was come as close to the iconic role that Hugo Weaving portrayed seven years ago and pay homage to it while also giving it a new flavor. Once Red Skull touched the Tesseract, he goes into this intergalactic astral plane for 70 years. And as the Russo brothers pointed out to me — because I was trying to do a straight voice match to Hugo’s performance — they said, “You know, he’s been by himself essentially in this intergalactic prison of his own making for 70 years. He’s going to sound a little different. We want him to have this kind of ethereal almost ghost-like quality to his voice, so please try that.” I think the reference they might have given is Yoda-esque. His ambition has brought him this great pain, but also this great wisdom, and I think that’s what I tried to imbue that performance with.
What is amazing about his performance is that Marquand sounded almost identical to Weaving’s Red Skull. In the interview with EW, he revealed that he tried to imitate the actor’s German accent from Captain America: The First Avenger and combine it with his performance from The Matrix to get the right tone. His focus was to give the character a similar feeling to Icarus, someone who lost sight of his original goal and is trapped in remorse. There is a bit of hope that we get a confrontation between him and Steve Rogers at some point, but going by his answer to if he would be returning it does not seem to be in Avengers 4.
I don’t know. I can’t speak to that, and I think that I would obviously love to play that role again anytime. It’s such a rich character, especially now that he’s gone to this intergalactic hellscape and he’s found his own prison there — not to quote Creed. That was a Creed song, right? But he’s a changed man, and I don’t even know if he is a man anymore. He’s almost like this ghostlike deity, and he’s at the service of the Soul Stone now, and his sole purpose is to essentially guide people to this, but you have to wonder: Is there still a part of him that does have ambition? I don’t know. It would be really cool to see where that character goes. But that’s really a question for all the folks at Marvel and the Russo brothers and the writers. I certainly couldn’t speak to that.
Marquand‘s performance was on point and it will be interesting to see if they’ll bring back Red Skull in a later film. He is one of Marvel’s most iconic villains and it would be interesting to see him return. If he is, in fact, a more remorseful character, they would go into a rather different direction with him moving forward. Perhaps, once his job is done, he will return to earth and try to make up for his misdeeds. His own logic might still be quite twisted so there is a chance that he would become a similar villain to Thanos. He will do evil things but believe he is doing it for the right reasons.
What are your thoughts on the cameo? Do you want him to return?