[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
That squealing sound you heard last week? That was me. When Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first full-on image of Hugo Weaving in the Red Skull make-up (from 'Captain America: The First Avenger'), I became a little baby fanboy. I still need someone to change my diaper. Those full-on 100% geek-out moments are more rare than they used to be for me, but I can't think of a Marvel villain who looks as wonderfully spot-on as The Red Skull -- the moment deserved every decibel of my squealing.
Sure, that image doesn't really reveal anything about the quality of the film itself; I just appreciate the fact that they didn't attempt to "movie" him up. He even has the Jack Kirby-style lips, as opposed to later versions of the Red Skull, drawn with a rictus grin. There may not be any Nazi symbols on him (they do have to sell his action figure after all), but seeing a Hydra belt buckle is enough for me to make mine Marvel on July 22.
Let's take a look at four more Marvel movie super-villains that got their look down just right (and some that blew it big time)...