In numerous interviews over the past few years, actor Hugo Weaving has made it pretty clear that he had no interest in reprising his role of the villain Red Skull from 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” in future Marvel films.
The character was last seen being transported into deep space by the Tesseract and hasn’t been seen since. Weaving himself in one interview said: “it’s not something I would want to do again: and that though he’s under contract to do it if he had to, he says Marvel “wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to.”
Now though he appears to have softened his stance. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Weaving reflected more positively on the role and working behind a mask:
“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. 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.”
The next appearance of Captain America is expected to be in “Avengers: Infinity War” which opens May 2018.