Baron Zemo

Most of the talk about ‘Captain America: Civil War’ centers on the hero-versus-hero aspect of the story, with the various Marvel movie champions taking sides over a dispute with the governments of the world.  But lest you forget, Daniel Brühl is playing Baron Zemo, and according to Elizabeth Olsen, who returns as the “wild card” hex-casting Scarlet Witch, it’s Zemo that is the “main villain” of the story.

Brühl himself recently opened up about his depiction of the classic Marvel villain and, as many probably expected, there will be some significant changes from the comic books.

Here’s what the star of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘Rush’ had to say:

“He does not wear the mask…You would be surprised, it’s different than what you’d think. It’s loosely connected to this character. But that’s what I like about the Marvel guys, some of the characters and things they’re dealing with always reference to current events so my character is from a different area than you would think.”

Daniel Brühl
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While in the comics, masks are standard issue for super heroes along with undies outside of their tights, but if studios are paying millions for marquee Hollywood stars, it’s most often preferable that the famous and beautiful faces get as much screen time as possible, which is why Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) spend so much time with their masks off.  Heck, even Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) wound up having his famous full-face concealment ripped off in nearly every battle.

In the comics, Zemo (then known as Phoenix, not related to Jean Grey, who would not adopt that identity until several years later) was doused with a vat of toxic chemicals of his own creation and scarred for life, forcing him to conceal his damaged visage behind his famous purple hood.

At any rate, in the movies, despite there not being a lot of discussion of his role in ‘Civil War’, it looks as if Baron Zemo will end up playing a pretty major role in  the Cinematic Universe.  Most likely, he will be the one responsible for saving Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) and transforming him into the powerful Crossbones.

Brühl is signed to multiple pictures and is rumored to have a part in ‘Doctor Strange’ opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.  What that role could be is a mystery as these are two characters that have almost nothing in common.  But since Marvel Studios can’t use the publisher’s biggest bad guy, Doctor Doom, because his rights lie at FOX with those of the ‘Fantastic Four’, Baron Zemo might make a decent substitute for the always scheming European ruler.  He already has a noble title!

What role do you think Baron Zemo will play in the film?  Or in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Whatever role Baron Zemo winds up filling in the Cinematic Universe, we will get our first sampling on May 6, 2016 when ‘Captain America: Civil War’ opens.  It is directed by returning ‘The Winter Soldier’ team of Joe and Anthony Russo and also stars Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier), William Hurt (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/The Falcon), Emily Van Camp (Sharon Carter/Agent 13) and Martin Freeman in a mystery role.  The film also features Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and introduces Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man.  Marisa Tomei is also rumored to appear as Aunt May.

Source: Cinema Blend