Marvel brought back Captain America villain Red Skull in a new role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, the actor who portrayed Red Skull, Hugo Weaving, did not return.
Weaving appeared as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger as the scientist enamored with the Tesseract. However, in the most recent two Avengers films, Ross Marquand took over as Red Skull and become the guardian of the Soul Stone.
In an interview with TimeOut, Weaving explains why he didn’t return to the role in the two Avengers films:
“Oh, yeah. I loved playing that character Red Skull – it was a lot of fun,” Weaving said. “We were all obliged to sign up for three pictures: I was thinking [Red Skull] probably wouldn’t come back in Captain America but he may well come back as a villain in The Avengers. By then, they’d pushed back on the contracts that we agreed on and so the money they offered me for The Avengers was much less than I got for the very first one, and this was for two films. And the promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time. They said: It’s just a voice job, it’s not a big deal. I actually found negotiating with them through my agent impossible. And I didn’t really wanna do it that much. But I would have done it.”
The Walking Dead fan favorite, Ross Marquand, ended up doing the voice for Red Skull once negotiations were unsuccessful with Weaving.
Folks…it's my absolute pleasure to announce that I've joined the @marvel universe. This is truly a lifelong dream come true for me and I urge you to see the new @avengers film as soon as possible…it honestly exceeded every expectation I could've had. Enjoy it!! pic.twitter.com/LKGEvKHROZ
— Ross Marquand (@RossMarquand) April 27, 2018
Red Skull’s appearance in the first film became a hot topic. It was during Thanos quest to obtain the Soul Stone that he, along with daughter Gamora, shockingly crossed paths with Red Skull. Barely recognizable beneath some skillfully applied make-up, Ross incorporated his stellar voice-acting skills to replicate the original Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving.
“In fact, Marquand auditioned for the part by honing in on Weaving’s mannerisms and dialect as it appeared in Captain America: The First Avengers. While on set, however, he never actually worked with Gamora actress Zoe Saldana or Thanos actor Josh Brolin.” Source: comicbook.com
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