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, directors Joe and Anthony Russo break down why the character was included,
Alright, here we go….
In Infinity War, Thanos is searching forthe Infinity Stones – including the secretive Soul Stone. He and Gamora travel to the planet Vormir, where the Stone is guarded by a mysterious hooded figure. The 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 on Vormir guarding the Soul Stone.
Speaking with Uproxx, the Russo brothers explain how and why the Red Skull was brought back. They say that the Soul Stone needed a gatekeeper, and it had to be “credible” to the audience. Joe says, “And a character who has been trapped – the Red Skull has been turned into this wraith who now guards the Soul Stone and distributes the rules to whoever shows up their trying to obtain it. It felt like there was more credibility than just a random character.” Anthony adds, “Somebody who has a history with the stones may seem like they have a little more authority in terms of their experience – especially a tragic experience.”
While Hugo Weaving played Red Skull in The First Avenger, the character was portrayed by Ross Marquand in this movie. When asked about the recast, Joe points to Weaving’s comments from a few years ago about not wanting to play Red Skull again. He adds, “Ross Marquand did an incredible job of capturing not only the essence of his voice, but the essence of the performance – a haunted figure who is now this imprisoned spirit.” Anthony also has praise for Marquand, noting that Thanos actor Josh Brolin was impressed too.
Currently, it’s unclear if the Red Skull will be back again in the MCU, but his Infinity War cameo was certainly a very pleasant surprise.
Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
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