It might come as a surprise to Marvel fans, but it turns out that Red Skull was actually one of the main reasons why Avengers: Infinity War writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus decided to return to work for Marvel.
ComicBook.com just recently held a quarantine watch party for Avengers: Infinity War back on Sunday night, and during the watch party, screenwriters McFeely and Markus revealed some surprising details about the movie, including the reason why they decided to work on the project. Turns out, the real reason why McFeely and Markus decided to take on Joe and Anthony Russo’s two-part Avengers movie is all because of Red Skull.
"Bringing him back was the whole reason I agreed to do this movie," Markus shared on Twitter using the ComicBook.com account on the social media site, "Well, that and all the other reasons. But to get a chance to bring back the bad guy from our first Marvel movie and use him in the wrap-up was too satisfying not to do."
To the uninitiated, Johann Schmidt, the former head of HYDRA, first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: First Avenger. Researching to find the greatest weapon known to mankind for the sake of Germany, Schmidt began searching for the Tesseract which was lost somewhere on Earth after being safely kept in Odin’s Vault.
Red Skull was originally played by The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings’ Hugo Weaving, however, the actor left the MCU, and so Ross Marquand had to play the role in Avengers: Endgame and in Infinity War.