HUGO WEAVING: “I’M FINISHED WITH THE RED SKULL”
Hugo Weaving, who did an excellent job playing the villainous Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, told Collider that he has absolutely zero interest in reprising the role down the line:
“I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back.” Woah, Hugo, you could not be more wrong there, my friend. Bringing villains back is what Marvel does; it’s their M.O., sir. The Red Skull has been a thumb tack in Captain America’s ass since World War II — he’s his arch-nemesis, just like Lex Luthor is for Superman and The Joker is for Batman. Of course fans are going to expect to see the Red Skull pop up again in a future Marvel Studios sequel. Hell, I certainly was.
This is really disappointing news, because I absolutely loved Weaving’s performance as the Skull and I was anxious to see him come back and really cut loose with the dastardly super-villainy that was only hinted at in The First Avenger. As he states in the interview, he could technically be called back due to his contractual obligations, but I wouldn’t want to see Weaving do a half-assed, phone-in job. I suppose the best way to go is a re-cast for the character. As long as the makeup looks as authentic and badass as it did in Cap, I think I’d be okay with a new actor in the role.