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MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
(Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011)
The Red Skull
JOHANN SCHMIDT/THE RED SKULL
(Captain America: The First Avenger)
The Red Skull is an alias used by several supervillains appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and its predecessor Timely Comics. The first version, George Maxon, appeared in Captain America Comics #1 and #4. The main incarnation of the character, Johann Shmidt, was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Captain America Comics #7 in October 1941. Originally portrayed as a Nazi agent and protégé of Adolf Hitler during World War II, the Red Skull has endured as the archenemy of the superhero Captain America. Initially wearing a fearsome blood-red death skull mask that symbolizes carnage and chaos to intimidate, decades after the war he suffers a horrific disfigurement that matches his persona.
The Red Skull was ranked number 21 on Wizard magazine’s top 100 greatest villains ever list and ranked as IGN’s 14th-greatest comic book villain of all time. The character has been adapted to a variety of other media platforms, including animated television series, video games and live-action feature films. He was portrayed by actor Scott Paulin in the 1990 direct-to-video film Captain America. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hugo Weaving portrayed the character in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and was then replaced by Ross Marquand in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), who also voiced an alternate version of the character in the Disney+ animated series What If…? (2021).
Captain America: The First Avenger
Johann Schmidt (portrayed initially by Hugo Weaving and subsequently by Ross Marquand), also known as the Red Skull, is the head of Hydra, the Nazi science division during World War II. Schmidt plans global dominance under his rule by finding the Tesseract and using it as a weapon against the world, including to overthrow Adolf Hitler. He is revealed to have subjected himself to an early version of Erskine’s super-soldier formula. After being foiled by Steve Rogers, Schmidt is transported to the planet Vormir by the Tesseract, where he is cursed in a purgatory state to serve as the Stonekeeper and a guide to those seeking the Soul Stone. In 2018, he is met by Thanos and Gamora, and witnesses Thanos sacrificing Gamora to get the Stone. In 2023, when Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton time travel to 2014, they meet Schmidt during their quest for the Soul Stone.
As of 2022, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers: Infinity War. An alternate version of Schmidt appeared in the film Avengers: Endgame. An alternate version of Schmidt appeared in the Disney+ animated series What If…?
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Film Trailer
THE RED SKULL
CHARACTER SYMBOLISM: THE BLACK SUN
(Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Hydra is the former science research division of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party and a covert terrorist organization responsible for infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. during the modern day. Hydra was originally founded as an Inhuman cult dedicated to worshipping Hive and continued to exist throughout the centuries before it became part of Nazi Germany under Hitler. The modern incarnation was created by Hitler to pursue methods of creating advanced weaponry to help the Axis Powers win World War II. Initially led by Johann Schmidt, Hydra acquired the Tesseract and conducted research on it to harness the energy it released to power weapons. Hydra’s allegiance to its Nazi superiors grew to be only superficial; as Schmidt intended to harness the potential of the Tesseract to overthrow Hitler and eventually the world, believing that mankind could not be trusted with its own freedom. However, during the war, Hydra learned, particularly due to Steve Rogers’ attacks on their operations, that humanity will always fight for its freedom. After Schmidt’s disappearance and Rogers’ successful efforts to botch Schmidt’s plans to attack cities around the world, Hydra was defeated and fell. Following World War II, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded by former members of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and employed Operation Paperclip, recruiting former Hydra scientists with strategic value. As part of the process, Arnim Zola was recruited and then subsequently began to reform Hydra secretly from within S.H.I.E.L.D. Operating discreetly within S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra staged political coups, wars (including the Cold War), and assassinations (including those of Howard and Maria Stark), intending to destabilize world governments and drive humanity to surrender its freedom in exchange for security. Hydra agent Gideon Malick (portrayed by Powers Boothe) infiltrated the World Security Council. Hydra’s operations were later exposed by Rogers once S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, and their remnants were pursued and defeated by the Avengers and by remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
It appeared in the films Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, and the Disney+ series WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and What If…?.
|Origin:||Marvel Cinematic Universe|
|Foundation:||4th Century B.C. (original incarnation)|
World War II (modern incarnation)
|Commanders:||Hive (pagan god)|
Wolfgang von Strucker
Winter Soldier (brainwashed, formerly)
Agent 33 (brainwashed, formerly)
Werner von Strucker (formerly)
|Powers / Skills:||Vast wealth and resources|
Bases and cells all over the world
Control over many other organizations
Connections to various world governments and institutions
Vast armies of soldiers and assassins
Firearms and other weaponry
|Goals:||Spread their paganism of Hive.|
Break free from Adolf Hitler’s control.
Rebuild the organization within S.H.I.E.L.D. following World War II.
Initiate Hive’s return to Earth from Maveth (all succeeded).
Achieve world domination.
Create a fascist new world order (all failed).
|Crimes:||Attempted world domination|
Crimes against humanity
Abuse (physical and psychological)
Innumerable other offences
|Type of Villains:||Terroristic Totalitarians|