The Red Skull has been called up to be the big bad in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America, according to director Joe Johnston.Â Considering the majority of the film will take place during World War II, it makes sense for Red to be the villain.
“Virtually the entire story except the bookends are in World War II because we all recognize we have one chance to tell the origin story of how he became Captain America, you can’t tell a modern story and then go back and tell the origin story. If you’re going to do it, let’s do it. Let’s do it first. Everyone wanted to tell an origin story. There was a version where it was a modern story and it didn’t work.”
It’s also expected that we’ll find out who will play Captain America around the end of February.