We know that Captain America: Civil War will highlight the tension between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), but what about the actual bad guys in the film? Based on how Captain America: The Winter Solider wrapped up, we know that Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) and Brock Rumlow/Crossbones (Frank Grillo) are still in play, but then there’s also Daniel Brühl’s character. He scored the role of the Civil War villain back in November, but there’s been no word on who that might be until now.
There are possible Captain America: Civil War spoilers in this article, so if you’d rather not see them, now’s the time to tune out.
A casting call just surfaced that flat out lists Brühl as Baron Zemo. Here’s the blurb:
“Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl has joined the cast as Baron Zemo.”
The post also comes with this description of the plot of the film:
“In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S. government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superpowered individuals register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.”
According to the Marvel website description, Baron Zemo is also known as Helmut Zemo. His father, Heinrich Zemo, was a scientific genius and a special agent in Hitler’s Nazi regime. Even though he became a top target for the Allied powers, many, including Helmut, stayed loyal to him, helping him take on Captain America and Bucky Barnes during the war. Helmut blames Captain America for his father’s death so after Heinrich’s passing, he opts to follow in his father’s villainous footsteps and become the new Baron Zemo.
At one point, Zemo falls into a vat of Adhesive X, permanently disfiguring his face and forcing him to wear a purple cowl to hide the scars. Later on, Zemo attempts to take power by having his “Masters of Evil” masquerade as the Thunderbolts, a new superhero team designed to earn public trust, replace the Avengers and then strike when the time is right. Trouble is, that plan doesn’t pan out as Zemo hoped.
Apparently Zemo’s aging is slowed due to something called Compound X, but does it slow it down enough so that the character can appear in a present day-set film? Hopefully we’ll get additional details on Baron Zemo soon, but, for the time being, Marvel hasn’t confirmed the news so it’s best to consider Brühl’s role in the film a rumor.
Captain America: Civil War goes into production in April and is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.