‘Captain America: Civil War’ Villain Teases Character’s Appearance in the Film

By October 20, 2015

Among many other things, Captain America: Civil War is set to introduce quite a few new characters to the MCU. Fans will not only get to see the introduction of some iconic comic book characters like Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but also the inclusion of a beloved Marvel villain in Baron Zemo, set to be played by Daniel Bruhl. Next-to-nothing is known about Zemo’s role in the film, and what might be even more surprising is the fact that we still have not gotten a real look at Zemo’s costume in Civil War either.

Bruhl himself has been fairly vocal about his role in the movie though, and his co-star Elizabeth Olsen has even praised his performance as the iconic character, but considering Zemo’s fairly strong connections to Captain America’s past, and his complete lack of previous foreshadowing or character-building in the MCU, it’s still a mystery on how much Marvel is planning on changing the character’s comic book origins for his onscreen iteration.

While recently promoting his newest film Burnt with the U.K. Business Insider too, Bruhl revealed some surprising new details about Zemo’s appearance in the film, and perhaps most importantly, how Zemo will not be wearing his iconic purple mask from the comics:

“He does not wear the mask.”

When asked more about his character in the film, and how it might differentiate from the comic book version, Bruhl elaborated:

“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.”

Is there a possibility we could see him return in any of the future installments too? Predictably, the actor answered pretty vaguely:

“There’s a possibility. That’s the way it’s written.”

Now, the choice to remove the purple mask from the film is surprising not necessarily from a costume perspective, as much as how it affects Zemo’s character. As fans of the comics will know, Baron Heinrich Zemo created a chemical called “Adhesive X” during his time in the Nazi Party, that accidentally spilled on Zemo’s face during a battle with Captain America, that has kept him from ever removing the mask. It sounds like Zemo will be more involved in Cap’s present day life in the film anyways though, so while I am slightly disappointed we won’t see the character in his traditional outfit, I’ll likely be more-than-okay with it once I actually sit down and see the film.

Civil War has from the beginning been changing and separating itself from its comic book source material, while still keeping the same outline and framing. Where the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man in the comics came from superhero secret identities, the film’s conflict will come down to a similar philosophical battle, only this time for superhero accountability. I’m curious to see how Marvel is planning on introducing not only Zemo, but also the previously mentioned Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Martin Freeman’s still unknown character as well into the film’s story without any of them feeling rushed or uneven. Civil War might just be the riskiest film the studio has made yet, and I just hope it ends up paying off.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable