Captain America: The First Avenger is still a major wild card in the summer 2011 movie lineup. The first Captain America trailer showcased a promising story and themes that seem to honor the character and his comic book source material, but was noticeably devoid of much action.
Subsequent First Avenger TV spots have given us a few fleeting glimpses of the film’s effects work and action, but nothing major. Today’s TV spot is much the same, but does offer one treat for fans to gush over: the voice of The Red Skull.
Played by Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Hobbit), Red Skull is Captain America’s primary nemesis – an evil Nazi commander who leads the organization known as Hydra. In the film version of Cap’s story, The Skull discovers a mystical artifact that gives him and his soldiers unimaginable power, while also setting into motion events that will tie Cap’s origin story to The Avengers, and the larger Marvel movie universe.
Previously we’ve seen Weaving in full Red Skull makeup (looking pretty menacing, in our opinion), but we’ve yet to hear the voice that will help complete the “frightening” depiction of The Skull that the filmmakers have promised…until now, that is.
Watch the latest TV spot for Captain America: The First Avenger below and see what you think of Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull voice:
People have been putting a lot of focus on Thor‘s Loki (Tom Hiddleston), X-Men: First Class‘ Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and even Green Lantern‘s Sinestro (Mark Strong) as the best comic book movie performances of summer 2011 – but just as The First Avenger has been flying low on the radar, so has the theory that it could be Weaving’s Red Skull who ultimately steals the show. We know the actor plays a great villain (see: The Matrix) and here it seems he’s been given the look, and material, to make a truly great character out of a guy whose crimson complexion could easily slide off into campy or hammy territory.
What did you think of the latest TV spot? Still looking forward to this film? Hoping to see more action in subsequent previews?
Captain America: The First Avenger will invade theaters on July 22, 2011.
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