‘Captain America 2′ & ‘Thor 2′ Interviews: Arnim Zola’s Return, War In Asgard & More

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Arnim Zola Volstagg Captain America 2 & Thor 2 Interviews: Arnim Zolas Return, War In Asgard & More

Several new characters are set to join the ranks of Marvel’s Phase Two films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will see the addition of Anthony Mackie as The Falcon and Robert Redford as the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, Thor: The Dark World will see a mighty new villain in Chris Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed.

But it won’t be all fresh blood. In addition to the leads, both movies are bringing back many key returning characters, including Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (played by Toby Jones) and Volstagg in Thor: The Dark World (played by Ray Stevenson). In two recent interviews, these actors talked a bit about their roles in the hotly anticipated sequels.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Stevenson talked about the higher stakes of Thor: The Dark World.

Stevenson: In the first “Thor” Asgard had this tremendous peace among the 9 realms. They were riding at the heights. Everything is working and looking as it should be. In this one, the realms are being whipped up into various rebellions. There is a darker malignant force out there and we are in the process of engaging in long protracted skirmishes and battles. The luster and shine of the city has been taken off and it all leads to a huge assault, an attack at the heart of Asgard. It could be completely wiped out, the stakes are a lot higher.

Ray Stevenson Thor The Dark World Captain America 2 & Thor 2 Interviews: Arnim Zolas Return, War In Asgard & More

Stevenson also talked about Volstagg’s skills as a fighter and how his character won’t be able to rely on the Warrior’s Three in the film.

[Volstagg is] great on a battlefield. He is one of the warriors three and doing what they do, their time is spent fighting on many different fronts. They’re not always fighting together. Volstagg is struggling, he has a brood, they are fighting for hearth and home as much as for the idea of Asgard itself. That’s where he has trouble.

Stevenson raises some interesting points about the plot of Dark World. With the 9 Realms essentially at war, Thor will need to show his leadership to keep Asgard from falling apart. As we’ve seen in the trailer, however, because of his new and powerful enemy Malekith, Thor will have to turn to his brother Loki for help. That’s a juicy plot and something that should excite fans of the first film, who hoped to see more of the mythic world and less of Thor on Earth.

arnim zola in captain america Captain America 2 & Thor 2 Interviews: Arnim Zolas Return, War In Asgard & More

In a different interview with Coming Soon, Toby Jones talked about his returning role as scientist Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Specifically, Jones hinted at how the character has “defeated time” to live in the modern world.

All I can say about it is that I was pleased to be brought back. I thought I might be–because you’d know better than I do–but Zola finds a way to defeat time and you won’t be disappointed with the way that’s been treated in the film, that’s what I would say.

While those words don’t offer much concrete detail, there’s plenty to speculate about, including the possibility that Arnim Zola may take a form more familiar to comic book readers. As Marvel.com explains, “all of Arnim Zola’s powers are derived from his equipment. Zola houses his consciousness in an android body, complete with a television-like image of this face on his chest.” Could we see Toby Jones’ face projected onto a robot body? That bit of character development was certainly foreshadowed in Captain America: The First Avenger, when Zola is first introduced onscreen:

Arnim Zola East Egg in Captain America The First Avenger Captain America 2 & Thor 2 Interviews: Arnim Zolas Return, War In Asgard & More

There’s also a possibility that Jones could use some variation of the Super Soldier formula to keep himself young, but that’s pretty boring – especially if that’s how The Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes, played by actor Sebastian Stan) manages to stay alive for 70 years.

What do you think of Ray Stevenson’s comments on Thor 2 and Toby Jones’ comments on Captain America 2?


Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

Source: WSJ, ComingSoon

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  1. “what is that?”


    “what is in it?”


    • A comment with the word ‘cow’ in it and not a sign of Jeff W to be had!


  2. Lets just make it that everyone is still alive and kicking 70 years on from the first Captain America film.

    That just seems silly to me.

    • Not if they were experimenting with different strands of the SS serum. They could have viles of Red Skulls blood. And they were doing something with Bucky when Cap rescued him, so by saying he was given an experimental serum that could explain how he survived the fall.

      • They should stick with the real story of the winter soldier where they keep him in stasis when he’s not out on a mission. It makes more sense especially with the mind control elements of what they did to him, much easier to control him when he never has free time instead he’s stuck in stasis.

    • Comics are inherently silly at times. It’s part of what makes them great. It’s also part of what makes these movies so polarizing with the “keep it faithful” camp vs “not realistic enough” camp.

  3. I definately want classic Zola, I mean the Android would be far more interesting than say cloning or infinity serum. Also Bucky was continualy kept in statis between missions hus his agelessness

    • Exactly right on Bucky but I’m completely unfamiliar with Zola’s character in the comics I’ll have to look him up. I didn’t find him to be a very intriguing character in the movie though. I also thought Bucky was used by Russia and not by Germany and was mind controlled much like Black Widow but I’ll have to check on that too

      • Yeah, Winter Soldier was brainwashed first by Nazis and then by Communists as a Soviet assassin.

  4. Zola has always been an interesting character. He is just as heartless as the Skull, though he isn’t painted that in the ‘The First Avenger’. He is also responsible in the Marvel Universe for the creation of the supervillain the Hate Monger, who in reality was…Adolf Hitler himself!!! Well ok, it was Hitler’s ‘mental essence’ that had been projected into a cloned brain, but still! Zola is basically like a mad scientist supreme, creating all kinds of weird creatures and machines for twisted purposes. A minor, if excellent villain for the good Captain to face.

  5. Hopefully both sequels have more action b/c the first Thor and Captain America movies didn’t have too much action, these are superhero flicks Marvel, amp it up a little bit.

  6. Zola’s reflected face looks like Jiminy Crickett!

  7. Cant wait for CA2 !

  8. As far as I know the Winter Soldier managed to stay alive (and young) for 70 years is because he was kept in cryostasis for most of it and was only woken up for missions. He didn’t get super soldier serum.

    Maybe they will change it for MCU, but that’s the comic version.

  9. Seria muito mais interessante reviver o Zola em corpo robótico(Pois até o primeiro filme deixou ganchos pra isso) Agora se for pro Zola tomar o soro do super soldado e continuar humano ai não vai ter graça. Eu pensava que ele já apareceria em corpo robótico de cara no primeiro filme.

    • i was expecting the robot body in the first film too.

  10. Bith of these stories sound good. Thor sounds really exciting with the rebellion within the realms.

    Captain America seems like its full of surprises. I wonder if anybody else will show up.

    • I’m holding out hope that an early version of Quasar shows up at some point.

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