Of course while the Red Skull may just be added as a simple additional villain, in their report, MTV mentions that when the products were introduced at the Toy Fair, the Red Skull seemed to be a part of the main movie line, with the comic book tie-in characters introduced later.
Here is the excerpt:
What makes this figure suspect, though, is that it's positioned as part of the main action figure line, specifically for the sequel.
In fact, during Hasbro's presentation they introduced a number of figures that were inspired by comics, though branded as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," including villain Baron Zemo, and a gigantic battle-suited Mandroid. The Red Skull was not part of this caveated line of toys.
Again, this may mean nothing and the inclusion of the Red Skull may actually be because of the character appearing in the first movie; however, there is a rumor floating around the net about the Red Skull and Captain America 2. You can read about that below following the trailer.
Last we saw of the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger was when he seemingly disappeared as a result of The Tesseract, which has been revealed to be an Infinity Stone (gem in the comics).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has an April 4, 2014 release directed by the Russ Bros. starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Hayley Atwell and Robert Redford.
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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
The rumor has it that the Red Skull is Alexander Pierce, played by Robert Redford.