Audiences were blown away during Avengers: Infinity War when Red Skull turned up, and most fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing because we all believed Hugo Weaving would never return to the role.
It was made pretty public that Weaving didn’t want to return to the role or the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), yet there the Red Skull was on-screen in Avengers: Infinity War.
Now, it turns out he wasn’t the one playing Red Skull. It was actually Ross Marquand who does an incredible impression of Weaving’s Red Skull.
Weaving has revealed why he opted not to return to the MCU and it turns out it was all because of money.
Speaking to Time Out, he said: “I loved playing that character Red Skull – it was a lot of fun. 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.
Hugo Weaving reveals why he didn’t want to return as Red Skull
“They said, ‘Its 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.”
It’s a shame that it all came down to money, however, Marvel Studios did manage to bring Red Skull back thanks to Ross Marquand.
His impression of Red Skull is note-perfect, and it gave us that incredible moment where we all gasped after seeing Red Skull return.
What do you think? Were you as impressed as I was of Marquand’s Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know in the comments below.
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