Johann Schmidt was a Nazi general officer and confidant of Adolf Hitler. He has been seemingly killed in the past, only to return time and time again to plague the world with schemes of world domination and genocide.He has been closely affiliated with Hydra and is an enemy of S. Johann Schmidt was born in a village in Germany to Hermann and Martha Schmidt.Seized with passion for Esther, Schmidt tried to force himself upon her, only for her to reject him. Schmidt fled the scene in terror but also felt ecstatic joy in committing his first murder.
The character is usually depicted as the archenemy of the superhero Captain America.Portrayed as a Nazi agent, the character was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Captain America Comics #7 (October 1941).His mother died in childbirth, and his father blamed Johann for her death.Johann's father tried to drown the baby, only to be stopped by the attending doctor; he later committed suicide, leaving Johann an orphan.Inspired, Simon at first considered calling his new villain "Hot Fudge".
However, as the cherry on top of the sundae seemed like an exposed skull, he finally decided on "Red Skull" as a more appropriate moniker.The character has been adapted to a variety of other media platforms, including animated television series, video games and live-action feature films.He was portrayed by actor Scott Paulin in the 1990 direct-to-video film Captain America, and then by Hugo Weaving in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger and by Ross Marquand in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War, the latter two both set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.As he grew older, he worked at various menial jobs but spent most of his time in prison for crimes ranging from vagrancy to theft.As a young man, Schmidt was from time to time employed by a Jewish shopkeeper, whose daughter Esther was the only person who had treated Schmidt kindly up to that point.Der Rote Schädel (German name), Dell Rusk, Bettman P.