Schmidt as the Stonekeeper from Avengers: Infinity War.

Red Skull

Schmidt as Red Skull from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Johann Schmidt

Schmidt from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Johann Schmidt, also known as the Red Skull and the Stonekeeper, is a fictional character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was originally played by Hugo Weaving, then replaced by Ross Marquand.

Schmidt was leader of Hydra, a science division of the Nazi Party in World War II, originally serving under Adolf Hitler. He ended up wanting all the power to himself, turning Hydra into a formidable threat to the world, aside from the Nazis. His lust for power, ultimately led him to being the first test subject of the Super Soldier serum, which was still not ready and permanently disfigured him, giving him the moniker of the Red Skull, and his direct contact with the Tesseract opened up a wormhole into space, sucking him through and sending him to the planet Vormir, forcing him to life the remainder of his life as the keeper of the Soul Stone, and a guide to those seeking it. This, in part, led to the downfall of Hydra, until its revival in the 2010s.




  • In 2012, Weaving expressed disinterest in playing the role again, even though he was signed on for more than one film, although he didn't think Marvel Studios would force him to do something he didn't want to.[1] This remained the case when the Red Skull was eventually brought back, being recast with Ross Marquand.


  1. Radish, Christina (October 14, 2012) "Hugo Weaving Talks The Hobbit, Transformers, and Red Skull; Says They They Haven't Filmed the Final Hobbit Battle Yet". Collider. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
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