Schmidt threatens the Church Keeper's family. Voiced by With that book, it seems the Red Skull knew a lot more about the cosmos than we'd ever guessed. Despite having riden into the base on his motorcycle and killing several of their guards, Captain America was eventually surrounded and captured. A: Red Skull would probably put the soul stone back to its location, and wait for the next unfortunate stone seeker to make sacrifice. Il revient en tant que Crâne rouge dans Tales of Suspense #65 (1965) à la suite d'une révision rétroactive de son histoire. SO, within the first 30 mins of the film we find out that Thanos used the infinity gauntlet to destroy the infinity stones just before Thor chops off his head. Condemned to Vormir for so many decades, Red Skull had eventually accepted his fate as the guardian, seeing himself as the shadow of his former self. In March 1945, Red Skull was alerted that Captain America had just led a failed one man mission to try and infiltrate the HYDRA Headquarters. In another shot, Thanos is shown discovering the Soul Stone in a lake. When SS officers came to Schmidt's base under Adolf Hitler's orders to question him about the progress in developing advanced weapons for the Third Reich, Schmidt then personally showed them around his headquarters. Red Skull found himself teleported into Vormir, the home of the Soul Stone, punished for abusing the Space Stone's power. Looking at the 298th issue of the Captain America comic, it is seen that Red Skull, who lives in Germany at the age of 30, is in love with a woman. Once Hutter insisted that Schmidt would be brought before Hitler for punishment, Schmidt had reacted by shooting his HYDRA Cannon at Hutter, vaporizing him. The Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary answers one of Infinity War's unanswered questions - how did the Red Skull know so much about the Soul Stone? Having taken out his guards, Captain America climbed on the outside of a HYDRA Parasit and threw out the pilot before taking control of it himself. Red Skull’s quest for power left him bound in servitude, much the same as another character from the Marvel Comics universe. It would later go on to cultivate a reputation of mystery throughout the galaxy. Ok so, after rewatching Endgame I kinda figured out why Marvel decided to have the Red Skull as the guardian of the soul stone in the MCU and it's honestly pretty genius. Previously, he's written entertainment news and articles for Movie Pilot. This certainly explains how the Red Skull knew so much about the Soul Stone; it's easy to presume details of the Soul Stone were recorded in the Book of Yggdrasil, including the ultimate bargain; "a soul for a soul" (but not its location, hence why Thanos couldn't find it for so long). A lifetime ago, I, too, sought the stones. Schmidt personally greeting Captain America. The audience has only known Red Skull as a power-hungry maniac thus far, and the way that Red Skull chose to word that single sentence implies that he does in fact still desire the power of the Infinity Stones, so it would only make sense that once he is freed of his long life at the Soul Stone's servitude, he would resume his quest for that power. Having finally obtained the Tesseract following his years-long search, Schmidt had returned into his HYDRA Headquarters as he gave the artifact to Arnim Zola, his chief scientist, for examination in order to increase HYDRA's arsenal of weapons with the Tesseract's incredible power. marvel marvel-cinematic-universe avengers-infinity-war infinity-stones. The truth is that he worked with the Nazis only so he could use their resources to achieve his own goals, and no longer seemed to share the racial ideals of Nazism. The Soul Stone represented the soul. A soul for a soul. In Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull successfully located the Tesseract at an old church building in Tonsberg, Norway. Presumably, the massive sacrificial altar and a guide like the Red Skull is no longer needed once someone obtains the Soul Stone. Now played by Ross Marquand, Red Skull was made the guardian of the elusive and mysterious Soul Stone. Far from being killed by the Tesseract's power back during the Second World War, the film revealed that he'd been transported to the planet Vormir, where he'd become the unwilling guardian of the Soul Stone. The blow knocked him down while Captain America had then kicked Schmidt across the platform, creating some more distance between them, which caused Zola to separate the pair by pulling the platform back as they got back onto their feet. Yes, I am talking about Red Skull, he knew that Thanos and child of Thanos Gamora were there to arrive. Game Paul D. Waite. Because when he held the space stone, he was deemed not worthy to hold it similar to how you need to be worthy to hold mijnor. [1], Schmidt harnesses all the Tesseract's power. [2], With Ernst Kaufmann dead, Schmidt continued slaughtering his enemies, attacking the facility in Kummersdorf, where he had recruited Arnim Zola. Appearances His machinations, though, may have resulted in Gamora learning about Vormir. Before Red Skull could execute Captain America, he moved a HYDRA guard in the way of the shot, just as the Commandos burst in the room and opened fire, forcing Red Skull to make his escape. In the panic of that moment, Red Skull grabbed the Tesseract, which reactivated itself. However, Although Red Skull managed to pin Captain America back with his shield, his enemy had then managed to push Red Skull away from him, launching him backwards and straight into the controls of the Valkyrie, causing some considerable damage. However, Schmidt saw his new post more as an exile than as a reward. The Soul Stone is a remnant of one of the six singularities which existed before the universe's creation. Obergruppenführer (formerly) Taking a breath, Schmidt then invited the group into another room, promising that he would show them exactly what he had been working on. He was trying to use the Space Stone for his own (and HYDRA’s) benefit — but it seems that the Soul Stone (the most sentient of the group) didn’t like his plans, so when he was pulled into space by the Space Stone in 1942, he was dropped on Vormir. In response, Captain America noted that Erskine had told him that Red Skull was insane, to which Red Skull noted that Erskine had resented his genius and also tried to deny him what was rightfully his. Schmidt prepares to unleash his new weapon. Arnim Zola was horrified by what he had seen, but still remained loyal to Schmidt and gave a salute. According to the most commonly accepted origin story the six gems were once part of an all-powerful being who committed suicide out of loneliness. Why Red Skull of all people? That could be a reference to the, Red Skull is one of the few characters who are played by different actors in different films. The Soul Stone doesn't need a guardian, it's just helpful to give the information about it out. Male [1] In the meantime, Red Skull had ordered Werner Reinhardt to search for ancient artifacts of legendary power[7] Reinhardt's team was eventually able to find the Obelisk in Portugal. In order to take the stone you must lose that what you love. With Zola captured by the United States Armed Forces and key intel on his plans having been leaked to his enemies, Red Skull was then forced to move his plans forward and had then gathered his army inside the HYDRA Headquarters in order to inspire them before their plans had finally gone into action. Related: Infinity War Directors Answer The Fans' 18 Biggest Questions. 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There's a certain irony in the idea that the Red Skull learned of this because he stole knowledge from the guardians of one Infinity Stone, only to be transported to Vormir and become the guardian of an Infinity Stone himself. [1], Red Skull's forces continue to be defeated. In 2014, there was the Power Stone to place back in The Orb on Morag, plus the Soul Stone to give back to its Keeper, Red Skull, on Vormir. Red Skull took them to the edge of the cliff where he states the process of how one can obtain the Soul Stone. On Vormir, we were also reunited with Captain America: The First Avenger villain Red Skull, who was a shadow of his former self, and had been charged with with watching over the Soul Stone. Yes, I am talking about Red Skull, he knew that Thanos and child of Thanos Gamora were there to arrive. In the end, Schmidt took the Super Soldier Serum by force and had Erskine imprisoned before ordering that Erskine's own wife and children were sent into a concentration camp. A one-stop shop for all things video games. They engaged in a fistfight with Red Skull gaining the upper hand by taking Captain America's shield and striking him with it, proving himself to match his enemy's strength. As Red Skull's soldiers then held Captain America back, Red Skull ran onto the Valkyrie to escape. With only minutes to spare, Zola ran to his lab to collect his research as Schmidt collected the Tesseract. being held. In 1940, Schmidt had learned that, at long last, the first, unstable version of Abraham Erskine's Super Soldier Serum was now finished, which Schmidt had desired for himself. Pages with a quote from this character will automatically be added here along with the quote. Schmidt being told where to find the Tesseract. Nazi German Red Skull was cursed into becoming the guardian of the Soul Stone for over seven decades, rendering him unable to leave the planet throughout these years, only able to advise those who came onto the planet seeking the Soul Stone. 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As original arch-rivals, Johann Schmidt and Steve Rogers first met in the 1940s as chronicled in Captain America: The First Avenger.Both recipients of the Super Soldier Serum - albeit different versions and effects, the pair wouldn't reunite until 2023, at the end of Thanos' debacle. Knowing full well how powerful the Infinity Stones are, coupled with his ugly history with the villain, one would assume that he would refuse to just give it to him without Red Skull explaining how he ended up in Vormir. However, Captain America then swiftly regained his breath, before insisting that he could do this all day. Reacting in horror at Hutter's demise, Schneider and Roeder tried to flee, as Schmidt then began firing blasts of the Tesseract's energy at them. The most accurate answer is that he's not powerful at all. Finding him desperately attempting to get through the doors, Schmidt took personal pleasure as Roeder screamed in terror during his final seconds before being completely vaporized into nothing. With everything now in place for them to claim their victory in World War II, Red Skull gave his speech to all his soldiers in which he promised they would stand triumphant before repeating the HYDRA motto and watching as all of his soldiers had saluted him, confident that nothing would stand in his way.[1]. While he began to activate his Tesseract-powered weapons, Schmidt had explained how HYDRA was building an arsenal of weapons that would be capable of destroying all his enemies in a matter of hours, although Roeder had then questioned why Schmidt referred to these as only his enemies. Schmidt and Arnim Zola begin the experiment. Red Skull's alternate design further establishes the tone shift the antagonist went through in Infinity War, as evident by the soul stone transforming his physical form into something more mystical. At some point in his past, Thanos tasked Gamora to find the Soul Stone, as there is little record of its existence compared to the other Infinity Stones. Comic There are two possibilities: no one was the guardian beforehand or there was someone who got replaced by Red Skull. Red Skull beats Captain America to his knees. Now, the Red Skull never touched the Soul Stone. Either way, if Marvel Studios decides to spin it in the coming phases, fans would be excited to explore the creative possibilities that abound from reintroducing Red Skull into the fray. : 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unwilling to leave without his prize, Schmidt threatened the Church Keeper with obliterating the village and then potentially killing the church keeper's entire family. In Infinity War, Red Skull is played by Ross Marquand and informs Thanos and Gamora that in order to retrieve the Soul Stone, one must sacrifice the soul … Schmidt noted that while it had been kept on Asgard, the Tesseract was the jewel of Odin's Vault and was not the sort of item that would be buried inside of a grave, although he remained convinced that the true Tesseract was undoubtedly close to their location, as he began questioning the Church Keeper over this. Here's how he survived - and what it may mean for 'Avengers 4.' Red Skull (Stonekeeper) : They are not for him. Schmidt and Captain America are separated. He's a being who was able to travel through space to an unkown destination during an attempt to exploit an infinity stone for supremacy of one faction over all the others on a planet. [1] While Erskine then fled and sought refuge in the United States with the help of Peggy Carter, joining with the Strategic Scientific Reserve in order to continue his own research and aid the allies during the war. [3], Red Skull meeting Hawkeye and Black Widow. Schmidt's mask is damaged during his fight. All this information was contained on just a couple of pages. Red Skull piloting the Valkyrie and escapes. Believing himself to be such a man, he used any means necessary to obtain a central position in Adolf Hitler's army, until his conceit made him arrive at the point of believing … Its power survived and manifested as six gems. But sometimes the details matter - and indeed, the Visual Dictionary provides a possible explanation for the Red Skull's mysterious knowledge. [1] Upon meeting Adolf Hitler, Schmidt intrigued him with his theories, while Heinrich Himmler had recruited Schmidt to the Schutzstaffel. Looking at his enemy, Red Skull asked why Erskine gave him the serum. Red Skull[1]Herr Schmidt[1]Herr Skull[1]Fool[1]The Professor[2]Stonekeeper[3]Red Floating Guy[4] Schmidt deciding to murder Adolf Hitler's men. The serum was supposed to make him faster, stronger, and more agile, and Schmidt soon felt all the effects running through his body, as his muscles grew and his mind became clearer, as Schmidt finally became the superior man as he had always intended. So it seems there was no one guarding the Soul Stone prior. What you saw on Vormir was no more than a shade, a shard of a soul. Johann Schmidt was born in North Germany as a smart, only child who had eventually became a physicist. Red Skull explains to them how they can have the stone, which causes a fight between the two heroes to sacrifice themselves while Red Skull watched them. Red Skull: – popular memes on the site Second, it's intriguing that Steve is simply handing out the Soul Stone to Red Skull. Real Name Guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess . Since Red skull is free after the Soul stone is given, so he can't return the stone to him. Despite this, Schmidt still retains memories of his former life, exemplified by telling Thanos and Gamora of his own quest for the stones and his banishment to Vormir by the Tesseract and despite his passiveness, he appears to still hold disdain for being unable to possess the Soul Stone for himself. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer, Captain America: The First Avenger Characters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Official Game, Captain America: The First Avenger Adaptation, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As Schmidt then insisted that he had harnessed the power of Asgard, Schneider had called him a madman. Over the years, Schmidt became interested in Norse mythology, developing a theory that Norse Gods and their "Magic" could be more than myth. Spread. As the experiment began, Zola's uncertainty led to him carefully raising the pressure by a small percentage, eventually stabilizing the device at just seventy percent. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. As Thanos had obtained the stone, Red Skull's curse was broken, and he was free to leave Vormir and pursue his own goals once more. Ok so, after rewatching Endgame I kinda figured out why Marvel decided to have the Red Skull as the guardian of the soul stone in the MCU and it's honestly pretty genius. The Soul Stone holds a special place among the Infinity Stones. Portrayed by One of the highlights of Avengers: Infinity War was the unexpected return of the Red Skull. Unlike other Nazis, Schmidt doesn't believe that the Germans are the destined "master race," but rather that the superior man has yet to be made. : 3.08: Many Heads, One Tale, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While Captain America and Barnes were stunned by the hideous reveal, Red Skull threw his mask in the fire and told him he was deluded in believing he was a simple soldier since they had left humanity behind and he had embraced this. It is implied that when Steve Rogers returned the Soul Stone, Schmidt did not show any hostility towards his former arch-nemesis. Red Skull is smashed into the plane's controls. Schutzstaffel (formerly) HYDRA (formerly) Schmidt brutally murdering Adolf Hitler's men. The Soul Stone is first seen in Avengers: Infinity War. Red Skull (Stonekeeper) : They are not for him. Red Skull trying to escape from his attackers, As Red Skull escaped, he then witnessed Chester Phillips and Peggy Carter charging into the base with more soldiers, Red Skull picked up his Tesseract-powered gun and used it to then kill several American soldiers before the overwhelming forces pushed him back. As they looked over the mountain edge, Red Skull explained that to take the Soul Stone, Thanos was required to sacrifice someone he loved. He claims that he was isolated to his HYDRA Headquarters in the Alps because he no longer shares Hitler's image of Aryan perfection. He knew that HYDRA now had the power to overthrow Adolf Hitler so Schmidt could then take over full control and rule the world as leader of HYDRA's ultimate superpower. In Infinity War, the Soul Stone was retrieved by Thanos, who had to give up the person he loved – Gamora (Zoe Saldana) … Schmidt, having discovered Abraham Erskine's location, dispatched his assassin to kill him, informing Arnim Zola of this as Schmidt was in the middle of being painted while unmasked. Schmidt and Arnim Zola deciding to retreat. Furious, Red Skull screamed at his soldiers and threatened Zola to continue his work before Captain America defeated them. Cap and Red Skull probably won't fight. You might say, it is a certain wisdom. Red Skull leading Thanos to the Soul Stone. Over the years, Tom has built a strong relationship with aspects of the various fan communities, and is a Moderator on some of Facebook's largest MCU and X-Men groups. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. Red Skull explains how to take the Soul Stone. There are many reasons to be confused about Red Skull’s presence in Infinity War, but one of the biggest ones for me is that he was completely alone on Vormir, so who exactly gave him the job of guiding people to the Soul Stone? Hydra agents discovered what's described as "an earthly version of the Book of Yggdrasil," which tells the story of the Nine Realms and the history of Odin's family. Red Skull flies away from his exploding base, Red Skull was able to fly his ship out of danger as he regrouped with the forces of HYDRA back at the headquarters. As Schmidt set up his equipment, Roeder had mocked him by suggesting Schmidt's plans were to win the war with his Magic, although Schmidt insisted it would be through science. Once a mere professor at the University of Berlin, Schmidt became a cold-blooded killer who would do anything to accomplish his goals. In the end, Black Widow made the sacrifice. The Soul Stone is Guarded By Red Skull In what has to be one of the most shocking twists of a movie filled with them, the robed, hovering, ghostlike figure standing as gatekeeper to the Soul Stone is Johan Schmidt a.k.a. It's because it's his mission to return the stone to its original place. Soul Stone (Orange): An object that has the ability to manipulate the soul and essence of a person, control life and death, and contains a pocket dimension called the Soulworld. While Thanos had deemed himself prepared, Red Skull expressed that nobody seeking the Soul Stone ever truly was. Red Skull was clearly miserable there, only ever guarding. Red Skull sees Thanos' upsetting realization, As Gamora insinuated that Thanos loved nobody in his life, he began to cry, as she started laughing as Red Skull watched on, noting that Thanos was not crying for him. You might say, it is a certain wisdom. Captain America meets Red Skull to return the Soul Stone in new Avengers: Endgame fan-art. Red Skull's appearance as keeper of the Soul Stone in Avengers: Infinity War was a shocking cameo for many Marvel fans. Schmidt, however, then insisted that he had not come all that way to be cautious and pushed Zola out of the way of the control panel. Schmidt smiled upon seeing his men's unwavering loyalty to him before then calmly walking away to continue in his quest to take complete control of the entire world. Red Skull Species [1], Schmidt witnesses Captain America's attack. Vormir was apparently deserted; so just how did the Red Skull come to learn so much about the Infinity Stone he was now responsible for, right down to outlining the sacrifice Thanos would need to make? However, despite Schmidt's orders and even the threat of execution, Erskine refused to hand it over to Schmidt. share | improve this question | follow | edited Oct 31 '18 at 23:45. Somebody: how can get the soul stone? As he left the pair to burn, Captain America called out to Red Skull to ask if he was without fear why was he running, but Red Skull ignored the taunt as he had believed they would both be dead soon while he would be able to get away. [8] As Reinhardt showed the artifact to his leader, Red Skull claimed that the Obelisk might hold the answers to death itself.[7]. Red Skull was clearly miserable there, only ever guarding. Schmidt stands over the brave Church Keeper. Alias(es) The Soul Stone is Guarded By Red Skull. While Schmidt and Zola were about to leave while the facility burned around them, they were then confronted by Captain America. However, as Hutter was looking over Schmidt's map of HYDRA targets, he had then noticed that Berlin had been included. Why not just a new character to serve as a guide of the Soul Stone? There are many reasons to be confused about Red Skull’s presence in Infinity War, but one of the biggest ones for me is that he was completely alone on Vormir, so who exactly gave him the job of guiding people to the Soul Stone? Schmidt's face becoming hideously disfigured, However, the process also came with some painful side effects and rendered Schmidt with a red and horrifically deformed face. However, at the end of that movie, Red Skull was teleported away to Vormir, where he was forced to guard the Soul Stone. Red Skull Guardian of the Soul Stone EXPLAINED. Bringing them into another room in the facility, Schmidt complained to the officers of how Hitler was talking of the thousand years Reich but was failing to deliver or even protect his own men, commenting on how his men died across Europe and yet Hitler was no closer to winning World War II. Seeing this, however, Schmidt had other ideas. Looking at this wall, Schmidt commented on how it depicted Yggdrasil and the Nine Realms, before finding a button in the eye on the snake, granting him access to a hidden box. Perhaps the most mysterious object in the entire series till the end was the Soul Stone. He is more like a ghost, you could almost say he's a completely different entity now. [2] Red Skull then explored the ruins of one of his destroyed facilities. He continued his research into the occult and developed a sense that HYDRA had become superior to the Nazis and sought to find a weapon that would overthrow Hitler. Red Skull also managed to reach his HYDRA Pistol which he fired at Captain America who took cover, while he attempted to reclaim his shield. In what has to be one of the most shocking twists of a movie filled with them, the robed, hovering, ghostlike figure standing as gatekeeper to the Soul Stone is Johan Schmidt a.k.a. As they prepared to begin the test to test to see if all its power could be harnessed and stored inside the Tesseract Cradle, Zola had hesitated due to fear of losing control since he was still uncertain of how exactly much power the Tesseract had truly held, due to his limited knowledge of the device, and if his machines would be able to handle it without overloading. As Captain America explored the cockpit, Red Skull waited for him to walk carefully over to the plane's controls before he had attempted to shoot him in the back with an Assault Weapon. Upon seeing him, Schmidt began to mock Captain America, noting that he had seen and enjoyed the many propaganda films he had starred in. Strategic Genius:The Red Skull is a master of political, military, and subversive strategy, as well as a brilliant planner and organizer. As Black Widow demanded to be taken to the Soul Stone so they could leave, Red Skull had noted that it would not be so easy. As he says "I am cursed to know that who is going to come here in the search of the soul stone". Researching in history to find the greatest weapon ever known to mankind, Schmidt learned of the Tesseract, which was lost on Earth having been held in Odin's Vault. Upon being insulted by these Nazi Officers, Schmidt made his decision to kill them all and cut all ties with their Nazi Party. Vormir is a remote barren planet at the very center of Celestial existence within the universe, where the Soul Stone was located. Now, the Red Skull never touched the Soul Stone.
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