One of the highlights of 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger had to be Hugo Weaving’s performance as the Red Skull. With his crimson face and evil German accent, he was the type of maniacal would-be world conqueror that you could root for. And his ambiguous fate at the end of the movie left open the possibility for his return. But if we ever do see the Red Skull come back, it’s unlikely that Weaving will be playing him. Check out what he had to say about the role in an interview with Collider:
I did that for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.
That’s about as honest as an actor is ever going to get. But Marvel has recast roles before, so the studio would probably have no problem throwing someone else under the makeup if necessary. We'll keep an eye on this as production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues.