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Report: Daniel Bruhl Will Be Baron Zemo in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Report: Daniel Bruhl Will Be Baron Zemo in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

While the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War will pit Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) against one another, there will, in fact, be a far more nefarious villain lurking behind the scenes. And German actor Daniel Bruhl will be playing him. Who exactly will Bruhl be playing, you ask? Thanks to a casting call from MovieCastingCall.org, it seems the Inglourious Basterds star will be the iconic villain Baron Zemo.

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Marvel originally confirmed that Bruhl would be part of the cast back in November, but declined to specify the part. Many — ourselves included — had speculated that Bruhl would be playing the part of Baron Zemo in the sequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Considering that in the original Civil War comic, Red Skull was involved behind the scenes — and Hugo Weaving doesn’t want to reprise his role — it makes sense that Kevin Feige and company would look to another famously evil Nazi character from the Marvel Universe.

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For those of you who don’t know, Baron Zemo, who first debuted in The Avengers #4 in 1964, was a sadistic Nazi scientist who created weapons of mass destruction for Hitler’s regime. After he was killed by his own hand during a standoff with Captain America, his son, Helmut Zero, adopted his father’s villainous identity and spent years terrorizing the Avengers before reemerging as the leader of the Thunderbolts, a group of supervillans posing as superheroes. For more info on what this might mean for a Thunderbolts film, check out this conversation between Brian Walton and I:

The casting call also suggested that Captain America: Civil War will draw from the original Civil War comic series and focus on the fight between Captain American and Iron Man over the Superhuman Registration Act, a piece of legislation that would cause all superheroes to register themselves with the government. In the original series, Spider-Man played a pivotal role, but rights issues will keep Peter Parker out of the story for now; rather, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is expected to fill that role, and make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the process. Sorry, Spider-Fans — there’s still hope for Infinity War.

All of this, of course, will set up the epic sequel Captain America: Zemo Dark Thirty that will lead to an international manhunt for the magenta-masked madman. I would also settle for an adaptation of Under Siege or, at the bare minimum, the seeds that could one day blossom into a James Gunn-directed Thunderbolts movie. All questions will be answered when Captain America: Civil War debuts on May 6, 2016.

What do you think of Bruhl playing Baron Zemo? Are you ready for Civil War? Let us know in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Hedillista JONS says:

    Daniel Bruhl is spanish

  2. Criloboy says:

    ABSOLUTELY!!! He’s perfect for Zemo! Though, I DO wish we could see Weaving’s Red Skull come back.

  3. Tim_Spohn says:

    Daniel Brühl is one of the greatest German actors of his generation. I’m sure he’ll do a great job. Just a great guy, really.

  4. I’ve filmed A Most Wanted Man with Daniel Brühl. He’ll do a great job, I’m sure.