Hugo Weaving is opening up about why he never appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Avengers: Endgame”.
Weaving starred as the villainous Red Skull in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Red Skull is among Captain America’s greatest foes, but Weaving never reprised the role. He recently sat down with TimeOut London and revealed his contract negotiation woes.
“Oh, yeah,” he replied when asked if he was invited back for further Marvel films. “I loved playing that character Red Skull – it was a lot of fun… I was thinking [Red Skull] probably wouldn’t come back in ‘Captain America’ but he may well come back as a villain in ‘The Avengers’.”
“By then, they’d pushed back on the contracts that we agreed on and so the money they offered me for ‘The Avengers’ was much less than I got for the very first one, and this was for two films,” Weaver explained. “And the promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time.”
Marvel argued that the need for Weaving did not justify the price point.
“They said: ‘It’s just a voice job, it’s not a big deal,'” he said. “I actually found negotiating with them through my agent impossible,” he added. “And I didn’t really wanna do it that much. But I would have done it.”
Red Skull appeared in only one scene, albeit a very significant one, in “Avengers: Endgame”. Marvel ultimately enlisted “The Walking Dead” star Ross Marquand to recreate the voice made famous by Weaver.