IAR EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving Discusses Not Returning as Red Skull in Future Marvel Films, and ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

Monday, 15 October 2012 12:49 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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IAR EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving Discusses Not Returning as Red Skull in Future Marvel Films, and ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy

The Red Skull is unarguably one of the most important villains in the Marvel Comics Universe, yet you probably won’t see him reappearing on the big screen anytime soon. At least that is what Hugo Weaving, the actor who portrayed him in Captain America: The First Avenger, had to say this weekend when I asked him about reprising his role in future marvel films. 

The red-faced Nazi leader who was first introduced to readers in Captain America Comics #1 has been a mainstay in the Marvel Universe since 1941, so it only made sense that he would be the antagonist in Caps’ 2011 big screen adaptation. Considering his major role in the comics and his mysterious disappearance in the conclusion of First Avenger, many fans thought he would be the natural choice for the villain in The Avengers, which instead went to Thor’s Loki. Now with Captain America: The Winter Solider about to begin production, we already know that the Red Skull will not be reappearing in that film, as it takes place in modern day and will feature Bucky Barnes/The Winter Solider as the main antagonist. But could the Red Skull appear in The Avengers 2 or future Marvel films? According to actor Hugo Weaving that is not very likely, or at least not with him portraying the role.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Australian actor Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) at the press day for his upcoming film Cloud Atlas, which reteams him with The Matrix directors The Wachowskis and opens in theaters on October 26th.  While our conversation about Cloud Atlas will run closer to the films release, I wanted to let you know now what the actor had to say about reprising his role as Red Skull in future Marvel Films, as well as an update on the upcoming The Hobbit trilogy. 

I finished our discussion about Cloud Atlas by asking Weaving point blank if he thinks he might return to the cinematic Marvel Universe as the Red Skull at some point, either in another Captain America film or The Avengers sequel. “Look I think everyone that signs up to do a film with Marvel is obliged to sign up for three or even four pictures and it was not just within Captain America it would have been for Avengers as well. So theoretically that is a possibility, but I personally don’t particularly want to do another one,” the actor said.

“I always thought that if there was going to be a Captain America 2, that Red Skull would not necessarily come back into that. I thought most likely that you would introduce a new villain if you did Captain America 2 anyway,” Weaving continued. “It’s more likely that it may happen with The Avengers or something but to be perfectly honest … I think I’ve been there and done that. It was really interesting but I probably wouldn’t want to go back again. I guess if there is an actor who doesn’t want to (reprise his or her role), even if they are contractually obliged, they aren’t going to tell them that they have to. Why would they do that? And its not that I had a bad time, I’m really glad I did it. But I probably wouldn’t want to go back and do another one.” So there you have it! If the Red Skull ever appears again in a Marvel movie, it will not be Mr. Weaving playing the part. 

Finally, I quickly had a chance to ask the actor about returning to middle-Earth for the upcoming The Hobbit trilogy, which will begin with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, continue with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13th, 2013 and conclude with The Hobbit: There and Back Again on July 18th, 2014. “I don’t know a lot about it really. I’m certainly in it but I haven’t seen it. I was just there for three or four weeks.” I followed up by asking the actor if he appears in all three films or just the first two. “Well I’m at least in the first two. The third one hasn’t been completed yet so if I am (in it), who knows? They’ll be shooting that next year and the year after,” Weaving said.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled for release on April 4th, 2014


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters on December 14th.



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