Captain America: Civil War is a great, great movie. I think we can all agree on that finally, right? However, when it comes to Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo, there seems to be a mixed bag of reactions, between those who loved him and his role in the movie (me), those who didn’t really have an opinion on him, and those who left the movie disappointed not only by his plot, but also that he never put on his iconic pink hood from the comics.
Judging by the story and his role in the movie, it seemed like, leaving Civil War, that Zemo might have never even been meant to wear the hood or costume in the film either. Hell, he might not have even picked up a sword ever in any of the versions of the script. It seemed like fans weren’t ever going to get an incredibly faithful version of the character onscreen. Yet, at least.
However, some new unused concept art from Civil War (via Marvel Cinematic Universe) shows not only an alternate design for Zemo in the movie, but one that puts his pink hood front and center. Check out the image below:
Yes, the character looks awesome here. Yes, the idea of seeing Daniel Bruhl swinging a sword around onsceeen gives me chills. Would this design have worked with the character in Civil War though? No, it wouldn’t have.
One of the best lines in the entire movie, is when (SPOILERS) Zemo is talking to Black Panther and he says something along the lines of, “I knew I couldn’t destroy the Avengers. Stronger men than me have tried and failed.” His real power and weight as a villain comes from the fact that he’s just a guy, who manages to tear the Avengers out from the inside. Seeing him wearing another colorful costume and swinging around weapons, while it would have looked cool visually, would have made everything involving him in the film’s last sequence – fall apart.
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