It's no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not known for its villains. They tend to pop up, do some bad shit, and then die. There are exceptions, of course: Loki (God of Mischief) played by Tom Hiddleston (God of Handsome) is a staple in the universe and jumps back and forth over the line between hero and villain. He is indeed an oddity.
Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), on the other hand, was thrown away like yesterday's trash. At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Red Skull fell into the void, just as Loki had in Thor. The only difference being that Red Skull never came back. So can he? Will he make a return to the MCU? Let's see what Red Skull himself has to say about such things.
Straight From The Skull's Mouth
In the nerdoshpere there is a longstanding idea that floats around about Weaving, regarding his feelings on returning to the MCU. It stems from something he said in an interview with Collider a few years back:
"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."
This quote is often referred to as proof positive that Weaving does not want to come back. Which he may not, but that's not quite what he was saying. In any case, it's a bummer for fans who want to see Captain America's foe have a larger role in the MCU.
Moving forward, Weaving spoke further on his portrayal of Red Skull during a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies. This time, he paints the filming experience in a more positive light:
"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."
He retreads a little bit with these comments from the previous ones made. Only just a bit, though. Reading into it a little, one could note that he doesn't mention his experience with the cast, crew and Marvel Studios. He only mentions the actual role itself. Whatever the case may be, the fact is he enjoyed playing the character. So what about his future in the MCU?
It's An Uncertain One
In the current state of the MCU, pretty much anything could happen. With Thanos knocking on the door in the approaching Avengers: Infinity Wars movies, the world could burst open and bring a whole slew of new and old characters. So what about Red Skull? Are there plans for him?
In the same Yahoo! Movies interview, Weaving discussed what he knows about the future for him playing Red Skull in the MCU:
"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."
It's not a deluge of information by any stretch of the imagination, but it doesn't count anything out either. It just means that for now Red Skull is in the ether. Maybe Weaving comes back and plays him, maybe he doesn't. For now we just have to wait and see. With everything coming in the MCU, one thing's for certain: We fans are in for a treat.
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