The return of Baron Helmut Zemo to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was one of the highlights of the show’s third episode. Daniel Brühl’s delightfully snide portrayal of the convicted murderer and terrorist gave the nascent buddy series and interesting twist. How would Bucky and Sam deal with a legit evildoer in the course of their journey to stop a group of super-powered people trying to unite the world? (It’s murky, people.) the internet’s favorite moment came when our heroes and Zemo went to club and the generally pretty serious guy started dancing.
Yeah, it’s pretty great. The look of sheer intensity on his face even when he has fun made this moment too good not to meme. Usually the last people to get on board with internet infamy is the studio or network who made the thing. Not so with this! Marvel Entertainment itself has posted a one-hour extended supercut of the 23 seconds of Zemo dancing that appeared in TFATWS. Luckily club dance music is very repetitive anyway. Have a look.
Entertainment Weekly interviewed Brühl following the episode’s premiere, and he explained the sequence was improvised. And it was actually much longer.
Brühl laughs at the responses he received from that moment. “It was a long dance,” he tells EW of this improvised bit. “There’s more to it, but they cut this little moment [for the show].”
So release the ZemoDance Cut, I guess.
Zemo’s reappearance is definitely one of the more interesting aspects of the six-episode series. We’re not quite sure how it’s all going to shake out, but comic fans are at least excited that this version of Zemo is adopting the comic book mask of his father, Heinrich Zemo. Gotta love a purple mask and a furry-collared coat.
And to make a silly gag even better, there’s now a Strong Bad cut.
Originally published on April 8, 2021.
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