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An Art Department First Look at the RED SKULL from CAPTAIN AMERICA!

Hey folks, Harry here...

This time with a look at The Red Skull, by way of our awesome hermanos de MundoHype, who managed to infiltrate the super secret lair of MARVEL to retrieve the following awesomeness.   Now - here's the big surprise, RED SKULL looks like the comic character.   And yes, what we're all curious as hell about, is 1) How well does this translate to LIVE ACTION and 2) How much time do we get with the RED SKULL looking like THE RED SKULL and not looking like Hugo Weaving?  Because as much as I love Hugo Weaving, I actually have no desire to see his face for longer than about 3 minutes in this movie, cuz I've waited my entire life to see THE RED SKULL on screen.  And with the Cosmic Cube ta boot!!!  Here ya go...


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  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    me likey


    I do love the look of THE RED SKULL & his Uniforms!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Triple_J_72

    But no swastika armband. :-(

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Dark Knight Lite

    Can't wait for this one.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty great!

    by Chewtoy

    I'm looking forward to seeing the real thing.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    It's cool

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    But the Nazi logo is more menacing than the HYDRA one.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    This is good to see.

    by daggor

    This is how you do it, Hollywood. It is a new version of the character for film, but it LOOKS LIKE the Red Skull. Well done. Let's see if the director, the producers, and the film studio screw it up.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Those ARE some beautiful renderings

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Nicely drawn, guy or gal who drew these!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    So Harry is always first now?

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    beautiful pic but...

    by JBouganim1

    seriously...Harry is now a permanent first?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Cool concept art. Hopefully they make quality toys for little kids and big kids.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    You know, good action figures, like what GI JOE and STAR WARS have. So far Marvel hasn't made actions figures of that size of comparable quality.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Harry is annoying

    by tim hager

    What is more annoying? Harry, in general. Or Harry posting first in Talkbacks. Has anyone explained why he started doing that? Does it have to do with keywords or Google or some bullshit? Or did Harry make a resolution to be more douchey in 2011.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    looks like a flesh skull..

    by Axl Z

    "I lost money on a flesh skull (or Hagler!)"

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to this

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Johnston might not be the most exciting director in other films, but he sure knows how to make the WWII era beautiful. If this thing looks half as good as the Rocketeer i'll be a very happy man.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Hollywood PC Nazis...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...Squid armband on Red Skull = Flames on Optimus = nipples on the Batsuit!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    '..waited my entire life...'

    by MegaBaz

    Haryy says he has waited his entire life to see the Red Skull on screen. Wasn't he in the Matt Salinger movie version? I know it wasn't popular, but he was there Harry, he was there. Wasn't he?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Eh, I'm on the fence

    by jimmy_009

    It's still too cartoony in that picture to get a sense of what it will look like on screen. And is that the All-Spark (or generic movie mcguffin equivalent) he's holding?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I'm telling you...

    by phifty2's not Harry posting those. It is most likely someone he knows and with his permission; Yoko, his nephew, but it's not him.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    this has got me thinking.. Ultimate Red Skulls design..

    by Axl Z

    Do you think he's shaved his face off again? Samuel L Jackson in Iron Man is taken from the Ultimate range of comics.. looks like ol'skullface could be too..

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Harry's a nice guy, let him have his first posts...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...He never uses his "black posts" to bitchslap anyone (even if they deserve it) like some other contributors to this site who shall remain unnamed.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    stereotypical evil archer

    by my liege

    "You know, good action figures, like what GI JOE and STAR WARS have. So far Marvel hasn't made actions figures of that size of comparable quality." Yes they have. The Marvel Universe line.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    The render on the left looks like Sam Jackson

    by John K

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle has been forwarded a Dark Knight Rises script! Why aren't you on this Harry??? Read all about it here:

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    red check

    by dizzywhip

    skull check

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Re: harryknowlesnonexistentinceptionreview

    by MakNeil

    You actually believe that nipples on the Batman's suit to be PC? Really? That they appear to be a wink to gay men everywhere–as did Schumacher's Batman in general–really strikes you as PC (which I assume you mean as politically correct)? I don't believe in the term, particularly as it is used commonly, but I am curious.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    nazi vs hydra symbols

    by sokitome

    OK. It's been a long time since I read a Captain America comic but if my memory serves me correctly he fought NAZI's in WWII. Am I wrong? If that is the case, this is terrible if they're gonna make the big bad of WWII hydra and not the nazi's. I know they did it for their recent Avengers cartoon but I would think the movie would have more balls then that. Please someone correct me if i'm wrong about cap fighting nazis.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Green Gargantua


    Word on the trailer is that General Joe is waiting on the effects to be perfect. It is cut and waiting on those digital wizards to get up to Joe's standards apparently. SO - I'd say that's probably anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple of months from now.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    ACTUAL pic of Weaving and the Cosmic Cube

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    While the art department sketches are nice, why did AICN not post the ACTUAL photo of a pre-Skull Weaving holding the Cosmic Cube that's been circulating the net?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Yup, thats the Red Skull. Freakin awesome

    by IndustryKiller!

    They actually followed the comic! What a novel concept in an industry so rife with the ignorance of "improving" something classic. Bravo Captain America design team.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    just ignore Harry and post first anyways

    by mr teaspoon

    Fuck him. As if 'first!' is the hardest thing to deal with on this site. Anyways, yeah. The Red Skull.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Re: jimmy_009

    by MakNeil

    What's he's holding is the Cosmic Cube. It's no MacGuffin and has been a part of Marvel lore for as long as I have been aware of comics. Look it it. The All-Spark from Transformers wants to grow up to be the Cosmic Cube. As long as they somehow manage to have Arnim Zola as as a set of legs with a monitor for a torso, I'm there. Who are I kidding. It's fraggin' Captain America. Nothing short of a total cluster-frak will keep me away.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Harry posts first now...

    by The_Goddamn_Batman

    ...because his first posts are links to his social media outlets.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Weaving + that Red Skull look=

    by ChezKing

    Perfection. Can't wait to see him on the silver screen.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    It is kind of a red 'Mask' looking design but

    by skycrapper

    could be cool though.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Harry posting first shows....

    by Witwiki50

    he actually cares about talkback on his site. it shows he takes time to read our comments and reply to them, he gets the ball rolling so to speak. Keep it up Harry, we appreciate your comments! P.S Red Skull looks cool in those pics!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Thanks for the info, I looked it up. I'm hoping they stayed away from that in Captain America movie, it'll just seem too close to the recent Transformers movies if they're after some all-powerful cube, regardless of which came first.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Anyone else here like the Matt Salinger film?

    by 3D-Man

    Yes, it's goofy but there's a charm to it. And that sequence where Cap fights the Red Skull just before being tied to the rocket is great in an 80’s action TV series sorta way.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Man, that sho' is one red skull!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    I gotta look up the back story on this one. I've heard of him, but don't have any idea what his deal is. Hopefully it won't take the entire movie for him to get and red and skully.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by godhelpus

    Face is obviously looking very good. Here's hoping this movie turns out as awesome as it seems so far. Hugo Weaving has to bring something special to this, which should be easy for him. Don't want to want to think of Agent Smith or past characters he's played while I am watching the movie. Same goes for Chris Evans btw, don't want to even think of FF. One note, kind of wish he just had the simple green jumpsuit from the comics. For me, the materials and the patterns look a bit too slick and modern on the Red Skull's and Cap's costumes. Anxiously waiting to see how it registers on the big screen.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Cap fights Hydra in the film because...

    by Chewtoy

    The Red Skull creates Hydra as an offshoot of the Nazis for his own world conquest agenda. By making Hydra advanced beyond anything that actually existed, it creates a villain that only Cap can respond to and defeat. Hate to drop the spoilers on you, but we didn't need Cap to win WWII, so the stakes of the clash would have to be considerably less if they went with the Nazis alone. It *is* PC, to the degree that it's kind of a dick move to tell the people who actually fought and died to defeat the Nazis that some fictional guy in a blue suit was more instrumental to bringing Hitler down. People freaked the fuck out when U-571 dared to depict a fictional American mission to retrieve an enigma machine, although Inglorious Basterds seemed to meet with much less criticism for completely rewriting history. Mostly though, this creates a villain group that can follow Cap back to the modern day for sequels. I don't think modern Nazis ever really recovered from "The Blues Brothers". Johnston has described in interviews scenes with the Nazis trying to claim the cube for Hitler from the Red Skull. It's not ignoring that Nazis were around... just setting up its own original threat.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    doesnt look italian enough.

    by vulturess

    red skull had red hands? his red hands dont look very boney to me.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Looks good...

    by ratpack223

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Are you serious Vultress?

    by Roketopunch

    God damn... the fan dickheads will never, ever be pleased. FFS. This looks awesome. I would piss on my bed if I wanted a wet blanket.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Ie he supposed to be wearing a mask?

    by D.Vader

    Or deformed in an accident? I always thought it was mask...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Witwiki- that's BULLSHIT

    by D.Vader

    "he actually cares about talkback on his site. it shows he takes time to read our comments and reply to them, he gets the ball rolling so to speak." No he doesn't. He posts repetitive drivel to be the FIRST in every talkback. Look at the obit for the KRULL director. He just writes "Harry writes the obit for Peter Yates" or some nonsense like that. Posting a FIRST that's just a recap of the same story we just read does NOT prove he cares about the talkbacks on this site. Fixing the talkbacks and actually engaging in them shows he takes time to read our comments and reply to them. Because FIRSTing is a reply to no one but himself.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Hang on

    by D o o d

    Is a 2 year old designing this film..? Those illustrations are just pure amateur!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    @ 3d-man

    by ChezKing

    Yep, for all it's flaws, the Matt Salinger Captain America is still great fun. And yes, that fight, as short as it is, is freaking awesome. At least they stayed true to the Cap's comic book look. I love that movie even if it is mostly crap.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Modern Nazis' haven't recovered from The Blues Brother?

    by skycrapper

    That's funny. I'm still laughing about that. "I hate Illinois Nazis..."

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    No Swastika

    by drewlicious

    I'd say one of the more obvious reasons is that the marketing department probably had qualms with making an action figure with a swastika on it. The Hydra symbol simplifies that.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Full Face? Caues it looks like two face, all the way.

    by okayplease

    too similar for mainstream audiences, and kindof me too.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Harry first....

    by Darklighter a way to keep all the rest of you homo's from writing"First!" like you're all original or something. THANK YOU HARRY!! As for the Skull, looks great except for the Hydra which he had nothing to do with and it better be a mask and not be a "Hugo Weaving face" be the mask dealio. That would be Ghey.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    s it obvious to everyone that Black Widow is going to betray Shield?

    by the Green Gargantua

    In the Avengers film?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Cap's going to be busy: Hydra, Red Skull, cosmic cube

    by kabong

    Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt!!! Baron Strucker going to be in this?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by KozmikPariah

    your face is annoying

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Cosmic Cube = Ark of the Covenant

    by Batutta

    “The power within the Cube allows whoever wields it to literally reshape reality around him. Virtually anything is possible, from the raising of mountains and commending the power of the elements to opening dimensional portals and transforming your enemies.” An army which carries the cube before it, is invincible.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    BTW there is a pic of Weaving as RS while holding the cube

    by jack black

    here it is:

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Damn that looks awesome..

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

    I agree with you Harry. I really reeally hope that RED SKULL is all RED SKULL, not all HUGO

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    CAPTAIN AMERICA is sure to be a welcome addition

    by ColonelFatheart

    to Marvel Studios' ongoing series of feature-length trailers for future feature-length trailers.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    LOL, i just hope it's better than Albert Pyun's 1990 version

    by LegendarySpartanBlood

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    rofl @ the retards

    by SilentP

    getting all pissed off and frustrated because they can't post first anymore. I hope this is a permanent thing.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    MISTERRRRR AMERICA...surprised to see me?

    by gk1

    thats all i see is agent smith in a red mask.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Where... the fuck... are my NAZIS?!! Goddamn it, Hollywood.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    looks good enough to add...

    by Stalkeye the roster of characters in marvel vs capcom 3. but then again, he'll be easily overshadowed by dorammu,super skrull and wesker.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Frank Langella's Skeletor Red

    by Monkey_King

    Ahem! Nailed it right on the money.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    chewtoy IB was more of a comedy,thats why it got a free pass

    by jack black

    great movie but not serious enough.And Q still wonders why he hasnt gotten yet the oscar? grow the fuck up man,its about time.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Stop being whinney little bitches!

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    Who in the fuck cares if someone says first or not !! Get lives!! FIRST FIRST FIRST FIRST oh no........ I think the worlds gonna end..

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    i was hoping he'd look more like this...

    by DonLogan Best red skull design i ever saw. He'd give the kids nightmares, a truly scary looking villian for once...

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    BTW Hitler must have a cameo in the movie.

    by jack black

    Have him in a secret ceremony which is also attended by his inner circle associates and where they appoint RS who uses a blood oath, as the official successor of Hitler who will secretly continue to fight for the 3rd Reich's vision using all its assets,technology and money through the secret Hydra organization, in case Germany loses WW2 and Hitler is killed. then have him go and see a captured Cap because he wants to see in person this new super weapon of the allies. and gives him a short speech about how the world needs someone like him (Hitler) to save it otherwise it's doomed to its self-destruction and that even if he loses the war,his dream will never die but will be embraced by thousands of new followers around the world in the upcoming years and that it will eventually be fulfilled through his secret Hydra organization. Cap swears to him that as long as he is alive he will fight Nazism and all the bad guys who are monsters like Hitler. the end. anyway you gotta have to have Hitler somewhere was cool in Raiders,funny in do it.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    A question from a Captain America Newbie

    by sambafreak13

    I consider myself a fan of superheroes but never really read comics or followed Captain America...the actor playing him looks really young to me, and I'm wondering if people think he's too young and that they should have cast someone in their 30's or early 40's. Thoughts?

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    He should use the cube to fix his overbite

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's a lot cheaper than braces.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    my liege , I disagree, those figures are not up to the same standards.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I'm talking detail, articulation, articulation stiff enough to hold poses, lots of accessories. I find that line to be very loose, awkwardly articulated, and the detail is tacky. I have some Iron Mans, Gray Hulk, Juggernaut, and Thor. They don't stand up (pun intended) to the Star Wars and G.I. Joe lines.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    Steve Rogers was a young man trying to enlist in the army to fight in WW2, but as the proverbial 98 pd. weakling, he's 4F. That's why they select him for the super soldier program. So if anything, Chris Evans is a bit old at 30 to play an 18 year old wannabe army private.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Cap was the first one to use anabolic

    by jack black

    before bodybuilding was even a sport.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    It looks like his V FOR VENDETTA character as he emerged from the fire. Been there done that!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by AzulTool

    Actually, it looks fine. I just thought that this TB was way too positive.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Looks neat.

    by Yelsaeb

    Think he should be a Nazi, though.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by MakNeil

    That's got to be one of the funniest comments I've read in awhile.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST he a Nazi or what?

    by Odkin

    Looks like Hollywood wimping out on the swastika thing again, to appease the Euro censors.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises script...


    ...leaks and AICN doesn't even mention it ?????

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Marvel is supposed to be grounded in reality

    by deelzbub

    Hence New York rather than Gotham, etc. It does seem like they are taking the easy way out by excuding the Nazi's. I always figured that since Skull and Baron Strucker just built Hydra from the ashes of the third reich after WWII. But whatever, I'm just as psyched for this as I was for the last Captain America movie. Hope this one actually makes it to the theatre!

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Too Red

    by I'm a banned man

    or shiny or something negative for negative sake. Actually it looks A-Number-1.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by Zarles

    Shut up.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by sambafreak13

    Thanks, that helps.

  • Oh wait..

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    They can't make toys for kids with swastikas on them!

    by King Conan

    C'mon use your fuckin' brain. They WILL have Nazis in the movie but you can't cross market the MAIN villain of the movie to media and merchandising, especially tie-ins to child related products, if he's adorned with one of the most hated symbols in the history of mankind.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    needs more black stockings and stiletto heels.

    by alice133

    red skull + nazi + kinky ftw.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    by that I mean underutilize a coo' actor with a great role by not executing a potentially great combination of actor and role.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    The Red Skull's head...

    by Droogie Alex

    Is a mask. He's not scared underneath either.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Re: Red Skulls uniform

    by Ciderman

    I wonder if they got Hugo Boss to design it, that would be all kinds of ironic! (Hugo Boss designed Nazi uniforms, hence they were the best dressed evil bastards in history)

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    This isn't news!

    by ninpobugei

    C'mon, art dept. release is NOT news, for christfuckingsakes! Lots of shit looks good in artistic rendering and then falls apart on screen (like the awful Superman Costume in SUPERMAN RETURNS).</p> <p> Call me when there's an actual photo of Hugo Weaving in Red Skull makeup.</p> <p> donlogan...your photo was wicked...thanks for the nightmares, dude!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    fareal...good points, but...

    by ninpobugei

    Let's hope that the movie shows Hydra pulling the strings of the Nazis. Remember, they (the Nazis) started out as a simple political party that then went rampantly fascist and genocidal.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Uh Oh...

    by Simon Butler

    So we're getting Cap's origin, the Red skull's origin, the cosmic cube, his "demise", a modern day awakening PLUS the kitchen sink all in a 90 minute movie? Fantastic Four anyone?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Skull, HYDRA, Arnin Zola, Cosmic Cube, Howling Commandos

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Damn, it's almost too good to be true.

  • Just like the SS.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    The movie WILL show the Holocaust and Hitler

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Historically, the script it's pretty accurate.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    So looking forward to this

    by Detective_Fingerling

    I have a feeling that everything this could have been will be toned down to the max because of selling toys. I'd be ok if Red Skull has a swastika armband until he gets appointed as successor to Hitler and Hydra is installed (and then armband changed). Once Hitler is dead, Skull could go back to the swastika or keep the Hydra band as a sign of a new, better Nazi regime. I just hope Bucky gets his arm blown off at the end.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Cap's Age....

    by crazypants

    Cap/Steve Rogers, like most of the men who fought in WW2 was young - early-mid 20's. He wasn't an Army lifer or grizzled veteran who'd signed up before the war - he's a struggling artist/illustrator who's moved by the Pearl Harbor attacks and Nazi aggression to enlist. The Super-Serum made him bigger and better, it didn't age him. Assuming he's 25 in 1941, gets selected for porgram, survives, trains and is active in late 1942 and is blown up and frozen in 1945 - Cap's no older than 29/30. Evans is the right age. Cap's leadership abilities isn't tied to his age - its tied to how he's a kick-ass soldier and American.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Bucky explodes!

    by deelzbub

    For years and years, Marvel had a rule that the only characters who can't come back from the dead are Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacey, and Bucky. Screw that Winter Soldier retcon nonsense. Bucky's death is one of the main motivating factors for Captain America's continued fight against evil. Having him somehow live would only invalidate his sacrifice.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Baron Strucker built Hydra.

    by kabong

    The man most responsible for the creation of Hydra was Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Prussian aristocrat who served as wing commander of Nazi Germany’s infamous Death’s Head Squadron, and later as leader of its Blitzkrieg Squad of commandos. Infuriated by Strucker’s defeats by American commando Sgt. Nicholas Fury, and by Strucker’s refusal to execute the entire population of a French village, Adolf Hitler ordered the Gestapo to find and assassinate him. Strucker escaped Germany with the help of some of its men, and more importantly, with that of the Third Reich’s second most powerful leader, the Red Skull. The Skull eventually intended to challenge Hitler himself, and assigned Strucker to build a power base for him in the Far East. The embittered Strucker had no intention of serving anyone but himself, however, and severed ties with the Skull on becoming the Supreme Hydra. On arriving in Japan, Strucker made contact with Japanese subversives who informed him that they were forming a secret society bent on world conquest. Strucker rapidly became the mastermind behind this society’s rise to power. He planned and led raids on major war plants and military equipment storehouses throughout the world. Although the Hydra uniforms bear something of an oriental look, Hydra’s organization along fascist lines attests to Strucker’s role in shaping the society. Hydra’s very name is the clear mark of a Westerner, and its salute, “Hail Hydra!” is an obvious variation on “Heil Hitler!” Upon building Hydra’s army and arsenal to what he judged to be a maximum strength, Strucker eliminated the original Supreme Hydra, who was Japanese, and became Supreme Hydra himself.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    i hope captain america kills hitler-rothschild in the flick!

    by shogunshin

    man i hate the nazi-rothschild regime, cause im sick of rothschild rule. i sure hope captain america smacks the shit out of hitler-rothschild during the course of the movie, like in inglorious bastards! rewrite history, like the rothshcilds do, and have hitler die! captain america should find hitler's grandpappy rothschild, and smack him too! ha.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Hey, I liked the Red Skull in the old movie.

    by Knuckleduster

    The one with Salingers's kid. Hope they reprint it with the new Cap movie on the way.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    hey you obviously dont know anything about comic books

    by Weapon M

    or movies for that matter... The Red Skull is an old old comic book character from the 40's. Captain America comic books are that old. And the theme of many of those comic books revolved around fighting the Nazis and Cap beating up Hitler. One of the main super villains was called "the Red Skull". So, this is not a new concept. This is a recreation of an old concept. BTW I love the make up! It really does look like the Red Skull!! :D I wonder if the Red Skull story and Cosmic Cube ties in at all with the Avengers storyline or the Infinity Gauntlet.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Please put him in a german helmet

    by hallmitchell

    That would be really badass.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Wow. A drawing of a drawn character

    by Subtitles_Off

    who is always drawn. Look! It's Red Skull! His skull! It's RED!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    We need a Red Skulls with softer features

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Someone call Joel Schumacher to fix this.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The costume of Skull looks cool.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Cap's looks like crap.