The first official photo of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger has finally arrived. You can take a look at the image below, followed by more detailed information on this upcoming Marvel superhero adventure from director Joe Johnston.
In revealing the first official photo of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, director Joe Johnston also offered more information about the upcoming Marvel adventure. He first talked about those things that make Captain America an interesting and relatable character.
"What I like is he's not a superhero in the true sense of the word. He becomes a superhero but doesn't have any super powers. He is just the best possible, human specimen. Imagine the fastest, strongest Olympian athlete. Add 30 percent. That's Steve Rogers. The thing that appeals to me is he is everyman. He's a 98-pound weakling. All he really wants to do is the right thing and serve his country and [at first] nobody wants him because he's too weak. He's been picked on all his life. But he's a guy who never gives up. That's his trademark."
Joe Johnston also revealed why it is important for Steve Rogers to stop the villainous Red Skull.
"For Steve Rogers it's a very personal thing. At one point he says, "I don't like bullies, I don't care where they're from." He makes a complete physical transformation to a perfect human specimen. But inside he doesn't change at all. It must be tempting to go back and say "I'm going to get that guy who beat me up in high school." He does get revenge in the film, but on the Nazis - not on people who maybe picked on him. Before he gets the injection, the doctor tells him: "Whatever happens, stay who you are." He was created as propaganda tool, but he soon became much more than that. There are all these incarnations over the decades, but the film is not a flag waver. It's about a guy who wants to do the right thing, and that transcends all nationalities and borders. He's going to do the right thing no matter what flag is on his chest."
Joe Johnston also talked about his feelings towards the title change to just The First Avenger in other countries.
"There was some concern [the name] Captain America will not play in certain countries. If it were up to me I wouldn't thread the needle so carefully. I'd call it Captain America, since that's what it is.
"Because this was a period film, because this was the origin story, I didn't have to worry about The Avengers which was a present day story. We have present-day bookends and bring Cap back at the end and then I basically hand him off. And The Avengers is its own thing. The fact that they are all so different is what will make it exciting. You bring these elements together and they all have different outlooks and come from different worlds. I think there is an opportunity for conflict within the group. There's gotta be. It's not the Boy Scouts. [Laughs] There's going to be rivalry and certain amount of infighting and conflict. Like I say I'm going to be there as an audience member like anybody else."