Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
While we have yet to see a clear photo of Hugo Weaving‘s (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) transformation into the villainous character Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. But we can get some idea of what Weaving might look like… in the form of photos of upcoming movie tie-in Halloween costume outfits.
Discuss: I know these are low-res images of cheap halloween costumes and masks, but what do you think of the potential look?
In the comic books, Red Skull is Johann Shmidt, appointed by Adolf Hitler as the “head of Nazi terrorist activities with an additional large role in external espionage and sabotage.” According to Marvel.com:
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“Hitler gave Schmidt an unique uniform with a grotesque red skull mask, and he emerged as the Red Skull. His role was the embodiment of Nazi intimidation, while Hitler could remain the popular leader of Germany. … He was spectacularly successful, wreaking havoc throughout Europe in the early stages of World War II. The propaganda effect was so great that the United States government decided to counter it by creating their own equivalent using the recipient of the lost Project Rebirth, Steve Rogers, Captain America. The two counterparts soon clashed in what would be a series of engagements throughout the war, ending with a final battle that left the Skull buried under the rubble of a bombed building. Because he was immediately exposed to an experimental gas there, he remained in suspended animation for decades. Johann was eventually rescued in modern times by the terrorist organization, HYDRA. The Skull quickly subverted a cell to his own ambitions of world conquest and the death of Captain America. “