Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ever since Daniel Brühl was cast in Captain America: Civil War, theories have been flying fast and heavy about whom he might be playing. Meanwhile, Marvel’s keeping mum. But another source may have just confirmed what many of us already suspected.
Hit the jump to find out what the Daniel Bruhl Captain America Civil War role might be.
As mentioned above, Marvel has yet to issue any official information about Brühl’s character. However, a casting call (via Screen Crush) lists Brühl as playing Baron Zemo, alongside Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.
Baron Zemo was one of the most popular guesses that emerged following Marvel’s announcement of Brühl’s casting. There were unconfirmed reports at the time that Brühl could play a minor role in Captain America: Civil War before resurfacing in Doctor Strange as the primary antagonist. However, those reports seem to be mistaken as Baron Zemo is more of a Captain America villain.
There are actually many Baron Zemos in the comics, but the two best known are Heinrich Zemo and his son Helmut Zemo. Heinrich is a prominent Nazi scientist who was eventually killed in a battle with Captain America. Helmut went after Captain America to avenge his father, and eventually took over the Baron Zemo mantle. Though Helmut Zemo is ultimately a villain, he’s somewhat morally ambiguous. His motivations are less purely evil compared to other villains, and he sometimes poses as a superhero. He’s pretty popular as Cap villains go. It wouldn’t be surprising if Marvel wanted to work him in.
During the Civil War, Baron Helmut Zemo plays both sides. Iron Man asks Zemo to recruit villains to the pro-registration side, which Zemo has already been doing; meanwhile, Zemo also goes to Captain America and gives him a key that will break him out of a superhuman prison.
Brühl seems like a natural fit for the part, and he’s definitely got the charisma to turn Baron Zemo into a classic MCU villain. Let’s just hope Marvel gives him the chance to do his thing — the franchise has a pretty meh track record when it comes to baddies.
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