For a brief moment in time it looked like Red Skull just might have had a chance to return to the silver screen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The possibility was always there, both in the cinematic and comic book history of the character's conflict with Captain America. However, that never happened, and for some very valid reasons. Yet there are still fans out there who hope/think that the story of the man formerly known as Johann Schmidt would return, along with actor Hugo Weaving, to fight Captain America. To those of you who have held on to such hope, there's a slight glimmer of promise as of today.
The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Weaving to talk about his latest film, the 1980's crime drama The Mule, and as any cast member of a Marvel movie past or present can tell you, talk shifted into asking whether the actor would be returning in any sort of capacity for Captain America: Civil War. As quickly as he'd been asked the question, Hugo Weaving responded by saying the following...
"I have absolutely no idea. I haven't talked to anyone about it, so, yeah, we'll just have to wait and see. No idea at all."
While it's a response that's short on page space, it's certainly not short on possibility, especially considering that we weren't sure if he'd ever want to play the part again. While he cited that contractual obligations could bring him back to happily fulfill his duty, Hugo Weaving didn't sound like he was completely gung ho about returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the same time, he didn't seem to mind the chance of reprising his role from Captain America: The First Avenger, so it's not like there's any sort of grudge in play here.
Frankly, it looks like story and availability issues are the only factors that would prevent Red Skull or Hugo Weaving from returning to the Captain America sandbox. Considering the history of actors being let go/recast due to rather tumultuous battles with Marvel Studios, this is probably one of the lighter stories in the casting chronicles of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Daniel Bruhl has been cast in a mysterious role of villainy that almost certainly will involve HYDRA and perhaps Red Skull, his return is certainly within the bounds of play. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
The Mule is currently in limited theatrical release and on VOD; while Captain America: Civil War is slated for a May 6, 2016 release date. Which means there's plenty of time for Joe and Anthony Russo to set up some sort of scheme that would bring back one of the better villains in the Marvel Cinematic canon. Loki can't be the only madman driven by a clear goal... can he?