Now that everyone in the world has seen Avengers: Infinity War, well almost everyone. We need to discuss that huge surprise cameo midway thru the film that no one I mean NO ONE saw coming. First let me say that I thought I knew what was going to happen in Infinity War and left the film in shock. There were more than a couple big surprises and moments I did not expect and I respect Marvel for keeping things so Hush. Besides the Thanos genocide the scene that took my breath away took place on the planet of Vormir.
When Thanos and Gamora go to the planet of Vormir in search of the Soul Stone, a familiar voice spoke to Thanos. A voice I thought I hadn’t heard in years finally came back, and in a instant a hooded floating figure appeared and holy crap it was RED SKULL! He was back! Before we had Thanos, the best villain the MCU has produced is hands down The Red Skull. When last we saw him it looked like he was destroyed by the tesseract at the end of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. In fact he was just transported to Vormir, home of the soul stone. After all these years since Captain America he’s become a sad and tormented guardian, waiting for someone to appear to explain how to retrieve the souls stone. He tells Thanos that he must sacrifice something he loves in order to have the stone.”To ensure that whoever possesses it understands its power, the stone demands a sacrifice,” Red Skull says. “In order to take the stone, you must lose that which you love. A soul for a soul.” Stong stuff and it was met with gasps in the theater.
Now when we first heard his voice I thought it was Pierce Brosnan, but actually seeing Red Skull it seemed like Hugo Weaving came back to reprise his role, which was something he’s since said he would never ever do. Instead of Weaving they asked Walking Dead actor Ross Marquand to undertake the familiar voice. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about how he came to be cast in the film.
The biggest thing that Marvel wanted to do was come as close to the iconic role that Hugo Weaving did seven years ago and pay homage to it while also giving it a new flavor. Because Red Skull, once he touched the Tesseract, he goes into this intergalactic astral plane for 70 years. And as the Russo brothers pointed out to me — because I was trying to do a straight voice match to Hugo’s performance — and then they said, “You know, he’s been by himself essentially in this intergalactic prison of his own making for 70 years. He’s going to sound a little different. So we want him to have this kind of ethereal almost ghost-like quality to his voice, so if you can do that.” I think the reference they might have given is Yoda-esque. His ambition has brought him this great pain, but also this great wisdom, and I think that’s what I tried to imbue that performance with. I just loved playing this part because I genuinely used to draw Red Skull and Omega Red and all these other villains as a kid, and it was just such a geeky pleasure to play this part. I just absolutely love it.
I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise to find out that Marquand was chosen to mimic Weaving’s performance, have you seen his other imitations? Incredible, especially his John C. Reilly. Marquand went on to tell EW what it took to get the imitation down. It took him a week and dozens of Captain America viewings to get Weavings accent down. All together it only took a day to shoot his epic scene and he really does hope he did Weaving proud, saying:
I wanted to first and foremost pay homage to what Hugo did because I think Hugo did an exceptional job, and I was frankly honored to step into those shoes because I just thought he absolutely rocked that role in The First Avenger. And I hope Hugo knows that his performance was incredible, and I really wanted to pay homage to what he did, and I really feel like he was one of the best comic book villains of all time, so I really hope he’s happy with the performance and the film as well. 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.
I do hope this isn’t the last time we get to see Red Skull in the MCU, who knows, maybe we’ll see him in Captain Marvel or Guardians 3. Marcus Cooper Womens Jersey