It's been years since we learned that Daniel Bruhl would play the villainous Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War. (opens in new tab)Since then, there's been practically no news on his role in the sequel, with most marketing efforts instead focusing on the whole Cap vs. Tony angle. As expected, the anticipation toward his eventual unveiling has steadily mounted. And now with our first look at the evil genius, it's easy to understand why he's been kept out of the trailers. Take a peek at the snap below:
If we'd had no idea who Bruhl was playing, we might assume by gazing at this image: "He's probably just a nondescript Hydra lackey who has about a minute of screentime." As one of the film's bad guys, he doesn't strike you as particularly evil does he? Apparently, that's all a part of his ruse as Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), who debuted the image, describes him as "a mysterious, manipulative figure who is positioning the heroes against each other." So Civil War's version of Lex Luthor, then.
It's already been established that Bruhl's take on Helmut Zemo won't be an exact replica (opens in new tab) of his comic book counterpart. That explains why he's seen without the character's iconic purple mask. But, as director Joe Russo says: “He’s still similar to what you know of Zemo, a revenge character."
Revenge, eh? But for what?
Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: Civil War opens in UK cinemas on April 29, 2016 and May 6, 2016 in the US.