Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Update: Paramount Pictures/Marvel Entertainment have provided us with a super high resolution file of the new Red Skull photo. Hit the jump to see the image in high res!
One of the big questions about Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger was concerned with how Hugo Weaving would look in makeup as villain The Red Skull. The Super Bowl commercial for the film answered that question definitively: pretty damn good. And now, in advance of the new trailer that will hit this week, we have a new image that gives the best look to date at the Red Skull. It is after the break, in much better quality.
The shot comes from EW, which explains (possible spoilers for those who want to know nothing) that weapons developer Johann Schmidt (Weaving) was turned into the Red Skull by a Nazi experiment similar to the Super Soldier program that turns skinny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into Captian America. The site explains that both experiments bring out the inner qualities of each man. So the good Steve Rogers turns into a hero, while the evil Schmidt turns into a literal monster.
Director Joe Johnston explains that Steve Rogers’ history of being bullied as a weakling informs his approach to Nazi-busting:
For Steve Rogers it’s a very personal thing. At one point he says, “I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.” He makes a complete physical transformation to a perfect human specimen. But inside he doesn’t change at all. It must be tempting to go back and say “I’m going to get that guy who beat me up in high school.” He does get revenge in the film, but on the Nazis — not on people who maybe picked on him.