Avengers: Infinity War is, to put it plainly, the biggest movie in the world, following its record-smashing opening weekend. The film changes the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, full of strong character moments and shocking plot twists.
But one of the most shocking moments came in the appearance of one character. With the movie out now, the actor behind the character has discussed the role, the secrecy surrounding it, and whether he has a future in the MCU.
Alright, here we go….
In Infinity War, Thanos is on a quest to collect all of the Infinity Stones – including the secretive Soul Stone. He and Gamora travel to the planet Vormir, where the Stone is being guarded by a mysterious hooded figure. That figure is then revealed to be none other than the Red Skull, Captain America’ former enemy. He then informs Thanos what he must do to get the Soul Stone….and if you’ve seen the movie, you already know what happens.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, Red Skull was presumed dead thanks to the Tesseract. However, fans speculated that he was instead transported somewhere else in the Nine Realms, and sure enough, he’s been here.
The twist, though? That wasn’t Hugo Weaving reprising the role. In the past, Weaving expressed a lack of interest in playing Red Skull again. So, Marvel recast the role with actor Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead).
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Marquand finally opens up about playing Red Skull. He explains the process of impersonating Weaving’s voice (he’s also a master impersonator) while giving it a new flavor. Basically, he added a more ethereal and ghost-like layer to the voice, to show the impact that this setting has had on the character.
Marquand explains, “I think the main thing I wanted to get across is that this guy is remorseful. He does feel a certain degree of shame and loss, and he’s conquered by his own ambition, really. It’s very much like Icarus; he flew way too high – literally because he touched the Tesseract and got launched into space – and he got way too ambitious and lost sight of his humanity, and now he feels genuinely remorseful about that. And there is kind of a forlorn energy to him. It was coming across in the dialogue, and I just really wanted to honor that.”
Marquad goes on to say that he told nobody about his role – not even his Walking Dead co-star Danai Gurira, who is also in Infinity War. And when asked if Red Skull will be in future movies, he doesn’t really know. “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.”
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For me personally, Red Skull’s return in Infinity War was a big surprise. It’s great that Marvel revisited the character, even if it was just for the one scene. Hopefully, Red Skull will find his way back again soon.
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