The Russos managed to handle a big movie such as Infinity War with sheer responsibility. A lot was riding on this movie. This was the most important movie of the MCU so far and it was highly imperative that it be done right. One of the moments where fans leaned forward from their seats was the appearance of Red Skull. The evil nemesis of Captain America had been alive all these years and was given the role of acting as a guardian for the Soul Stone.
The Russos recently attended a special Infinity War screening and after this screening, they provided answers to some questions. As for why they chose Red Skull to be the keeper of the Soul Stone, they informed, “First of all, he had a very mystical ending at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger. He has been on a journey since then. He’s a wraith now, he’s a slave to the stones. He’s no longer the same person. He’s transcendent. He’s a ghost.”
The answer continued, “Maybe played around once or twice in it not being him, but we needed someone the audience would trust, so that when he explained the rules of how you obtain the stone, that they would believe the character.”
They were also asked if the original Red Skull, Hugo Weaving was asked to reprise his role again. “He may have. He was asked.” And they explained why they chose Vormir to be the location of the Soul Stone. “We knew that we need to do something special with that. So we knew that it also needed to have an emotional connection to the plot and to Thanos as a character. I think it was the last stone that we figured out where it was because it was the hardest story to come up with. The point where we decided the movie was Thanos’ movie, we needed the lowest moment in the film to belong to him.”
“How could we create pain, how could we dimensionalize him so that he went on a journey in the film because if he was just this mindless villain, it was going to become a two-dimensional story.”
The directors first clarified at the event that they would not answer any questions related to the upcoming Avengers 4. So they delivered no word on the release of the trailer.
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