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The Red Skull has a face meant for Facebook, but how would he do in a fight against the social network's founder?
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updated 7/20/2011 3:20:19 PM ET 2011-07-20T19:20:19
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Every great superhero needs an arch-nemesis, and Captain America's got a particularly nasty one in the Red Skull, a Nazi weapons expert and terrorist leader personally trained by Hitler. Hugo Weaving dons the maniac's mask in "Captain America: The First Avenger," debuting on Friday. The Red Skull is one of the most dangerous of all comic-book supervillains — but how would he get along with other bad guys from recent movies?

The Joker
Could they be friends? No way. Both these guys show their teeth, but only one is smiling. The Skull dreams of brutal dictatorship, while Batman's nemesis loves anarchy and chaos.

Who'd win in a fight? The Joker. He's got a secret weapon that would demolish the rage-driven Red Skull: He'd laugh at him.

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Lord Voldemort
Could they be friends? Harry Potter's nemesis loves his snakes, so he might bond with the Red Skull once he learns HYDRA's symbol is a many-headed serpent. But really, they're both too foul-tempered to get along.

Who'd win in a fight? Tough call. Voldemort's got the whole dark-magic thing working for him. But the Red Skull has his own kind of evil sorcery — the Cosmic Cube, an alien artifact that'll be a major factor in both "Captain America" and the upcoming "Avengers" movie.

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Jason from 'Friday the 13th'
Could they be friends? The creepy-looking Red Skull might find fast friendship with serial-killer Jason Voorhees, whose idea of dressing up for a night out on the town involves a machete and a hockey mask.

Who'd win in a fight? In the short run? The Red Skull clobbers Jason. In the long run, though? No matter how many times you kill Jason, he still comes back for more and more terrible sequels.

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The Alien and the Predator
Could they be friends?
Yeah, maybe. The Red Skull would love the Alien's acid blood and implacable focus on killing, and he'd appreciate the Predator's obsessive need to prove his superiority by hunting the weak.

Who'd win in a fight? The Red Skull. He's no fool — he'd know that these two extraterrestrial villains hate each other far more than they would hate him. Just pit them against each other and get out of the way.

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Mark Zuckerberg
Could they be friends?
The Red Skull heads up terrorist group HYDRA, making him the insidious ringleader of an network of people spanning the entire world. Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook who seems like such a creep in "The Social Network" ... well, kind of does the same thing.

Who'd win in a fight? The Skull, probably — but that depends on how many Facebook Friends Zuckerberg calls in.

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  1. Old-fashioned 'America'

    In the 2011 film "Captain America," Chris Evans' costume is meant to resemble a World War II airman's jumpsuit, director Joe Johnston told Entertainment Weekly. It's modest and practical, a far cry from the tight Spandex sported by many heroes. Evans told MTV News the costume was "not comfortable" but that the redesigned version he wears in "The Avengers" is more more modern and "looks fantastic." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Costume of the gods

    "Thor" isn't just a superhero, he's a Norse god, and his armor and cape reflect that. The L.A. Times reported that Chris Hemsworth was so afraid he wouldn't look strong enough to play the role that he worked out too much -- and for a while, his costume was too tight. He reportedly backed off on the workouts and his costume was altered to fit. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cold as ice

    January Jones looks breathtakingly cold as Emma Frost in 2011's "X-Men: First Class." Jones told MTV her favorite costume from the film involved a fur cape. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Not easy being 'Green'

    In 2011's "Green Lantern," part of Ryan Reynolds' glowing costume was CGI-generated, a decision which did not delight fanboys. (Warner Bros) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. I am 'Iron Man'

    Anyone could be inside Robert Downey Jr's "Iron Man" costume, but it's still recognized as one of the cooler hero costumes in recent years. You may also see it at your doorstep come October -- it's a popular Halloween choice. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Regular Joe

    Some superheroes don't really need Spandex. Seth Rogen pretty much just donned a mask to play 2011's "Green Hornet." (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Does whatever a spider can

    We're used to seeing Spider-Man in red, white and blue, but in 2007's "Spider-Man 3," Peter Parker's suit mysteriously changes to black, bringing out the dark side of the hero. (Sony Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bluer than blue

    In 2000's "X-Men," Mystique's blue skin sets her apart from the other heroes. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Most embarrassing costume ever?

    Yes, that's George Clooney in the costume on the left, starring in 1997's "Batman & Robin." For some reason, the costume sported visible nipples, one of the oddest choices in superhero costuming ever. In the photo at right, Michael Keaton wears a more traditional batsuit in 1989's "Batman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Mrow!

    Some of the more notable comic-book costumes for women are that of slinky, sexy "Catwoman." Here, Michelle Pfeiffer plays her in 1992's "Batman Returns," while Halle Berry shows a little more skin in 2004's "Catwoman." Obviously, the costume designer took the words "cat suit" to heart. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A classic

    Few superhero costumes stand the test of time as well as that worn by the late Christopher Reeve in 1978's "Superman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
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