Marvel’s latest outing, Avengers: Infinity War featured a surprise appearance by a villain who was thought to be dead from the Captain America: The First Avenger movie. Red Skull played an important role in the film by helping Thanos complete his quest for the Infinity Stones. Thanos learned of its location on the planet Vormir from his “daughter,” Gamora, and took her with him to retrieve it.
The planet was deserted except for one cloaked figure floating before them. This figure was revealed to be the Red Skull.
The Red Skull explained that when he held the Tesseract , the Infinity Stone sent him to Vormir, where he was left to serve as a guide and guardian for the Soul Stone. His fate is similar to another MCU character known as the Unseen but was once known as Nick Fury, director of SHIELD.
In the 2014 Marvel Comics event series Original Sin by, Nick Fury revealed that he had been in space for defending Earth from galactic threats.
When one of Uatu, the Watcher’s eyes was stolen by the supervillains the Orb, the Exterminatrix, and Doctor Midas, Fury arrived to investigate, but Uatu’s oath to observe but not interfere prevented him from telling Fury who he had been assaulted by. Realizing whoever possessed the Watcher’s eye was a threat to Earth; Fury killed Uatu and took the eye for himself.
Fury sent the Avengers and other Marvel heroes on a wild goose chase looking for Uatu’s killer until the Winter Soldier realized it was Fury and the Avengers were then forced to battle against Fury. By the end, Fury was alive, but the Watchers had come to punish him for Uatu’s death. They cursed him to be bound to the moon where he would forever observe the events taking place on the planet and though he went to such great lengths to protect, he would never be able to act to protect it again.
The Unseen, despite his curse, still finds ways to remain active in the Marvel universe. If the Red Skull is fulfilling the Unseen’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he could have a role to play in its future as well.
Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in cinemas. This movie be followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, the fourth Avengers movie, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.