It’s official, Daniel Bruhl is Captain America’s Baron Zemo!
Daniel Bruhl has confirmed that he is indeed Captain America‘s arch-nemesis Baron Zemo. He will play the role in the upcoming third installment in the Captain America series title “Captain America: Civil War”. According to The Independent, Bruhl revealed his role after feeling comfortable that he wouldn’t be “thrown into Marvel prison.”
“I think I can tell you that without being thrown into Marvel prison,” Brühl told The Independent during a recent interview. “For the first few days I’ll walk around like a little boy, just amazed by the megalomania of it. It’s such a huge project. We could do 20 films with the budget.”
It was speculated that Daniel Bruhl was cast as Baron Zemo since around January 2015 so his announcement officiating the rumors is a bit lackluster. While lackluster, this announcement does raise many of the same questions that were discussed when the speculation began.
There are two versions of Baron Zemo, so the question that fans are asking is, “How will Bruhl’s character be influenced?” The first version of Baron Zemo carries the responsibility of Captain America being frozen in the ice during World War II. He was a scientist for Hitler and responsible for many of the comic book weapons used against Captain America. When preventing one of Zemo’s plans from coming to fruition, Captain America becomes strapped to a rocket and then falls into the ice preserving him. This is of course not how the story goes in the film, but I’m sure that they could fill in the gaps if needed.
The second version of Baron Zemo is actually his son and he goes by the name Baron Helmut Zemo. This is the role that Daniel Bruhl is said to play but how he will play the role is yet to be determined. Helmut Zemo was taught by his father (the original Baron Zemo) and follows his ideals. In the comics, Baron Helmut Zemo attacks the Avengers Mansion and does some serious damage while taking Captain America hostage in the process. Baron Helmut Zemo is also responsible for forming the Thunderbolts which was comprised of a team of villains with the intentions of gaining public trust to conquer the world. The story is a bit far fetched for the MCU currently, but I could definitely see a variation of this story coming through based on the deception and espionage that existed in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Whether they tie Daniel Bruhl to a past Baron Zemo or create him as a product of this “Civil War” that is coming, he is definitely a villain that Captain America fans have been waiting for. With so much already set for “Captain America: Civil War,” I wonder how big of a role Daniel Bruhl will have in relation to the conflict between Iron Man and Captain America.