The reason Marvel films are so hugely popular (aside from the obvious, that they’re based on popular comic books and boast huge names) is foresight. When Marvel sets to work on a film, it binds actors to multi-year contracts in the eventuality it might need them to reprise the role.
He says he will return to future Marvel films if the studio wants him to, because he has no other choice but to. He’d rather he didn’t, though.
“I [signed a multi-picture deal] for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there,” Weaving says.
Not wanting to sound like an ungrateful man, he insists he’s happy he played the part. It’s the possibility of coming back that’s not exactly thrilling for him because, he says, comic books are not exactly his cup of tea.
“It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by. As an actor, to do all sorts of different films is great. It stretches you in different ways. But, I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with,” he says.
The discussion on Red Skull started from the possibility the villain might make an appearance in “The Avengers 2” or any other of the many superhero movies Marvel is now working on.