Of all the trailers that debuted during the Super Bowl, I was most excited about the 30-second spot for Captain America: The First Avenger. It was cool to get a better sense of the movie’s look. (Apparently, this is going to be the muddiest comic book movie since Swamp Thing.) However, one part of the trailer stuck out to me: The half-a-millisecond appearance of Cap’s arch-nemesis, the Red Skull. A superhero movie is only as good as its villain, and considering that Hugo Weaving already played one of the great modern action-movie Big Bads (Agent Smith in The Matrix), my hopes are pretty high. But there’s every possibility that the Skull could look ridiculous onscreen. (See: the Red Skull in the better-left-forgotten 1990 Captain America, who looked like an evil fascist muppet.)
It’s hard to judge based on one second of footage, but having closely-examined the Skull’s brief appearance frame-by-frame, I’m a little bit optimistic that they managed to get the Skull right. The crimson-sinewy look is straight out of the comic book, but the face is also recognizably Weaving’s — kind of like how you could still see Bill Nighy underneath Davy Jones’ tentacles in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, or how Tim Roth still looked like Tim Roth underneath a mountain of ape makeup in Planet of the Apes: This Movie Actually Happened.
The rest of the trailer looked pretty nifty, although Digital-Skinny Chris Evans will stay with me in my nightmares for years. PopWatchers, what did you think of the trailer? Think Weaving can actually pull off the red cranium/scar tissue look? Refresh your memory by watching the trailer below: