The Red Skull has been missing in action since the ending of Captain America: The First Avenger. The Mandarin was a twist of misdirection in Iron Man 3 and finally revealed, in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, as being a real person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who is very angry at what transpired with Aldrich Killian and Trevor Slattery posing as him.
Actor Hugo Weaving has said he will not come back to fulfill the role of the Red Skull in any future Marvel Studios movie. While the real Mandarin can be cast as anyone, unless Trevor is the real Mandarin (another twist?!).
Things have been quiet on the villain front when it comes to these two bad guys and fans want to know when these villains will be seen on the big screen again. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about both of them to IGN.com, and started with the Mandarin.
"Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 — and I think Drew's spoken about this — that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard.
"There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version."
Feige then spoke about Red Skull.
"Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime. I honestly don't know when or where that would be. Of course, given all the Hydra hubbub in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, by extension, Agents of SHIELD, it stands to reason that there might be room for a Red Skull return down the line."
Seems inevitable the real Mandarin and the return of the Red Skull are coming soon. However, when that will be remains the mystery. For now.
Maybe one of these two gets an announcement this week at Comic-Con...
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