Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has faced his fair share of enemies since transforming into Captain America. During Captain America: The First Avenger he went up against Hydra and Red Skull. He later faced the Winter Soldier — who happened to be his old friend Bucky Barnes — not to mention battling Loki and Ultron during two feature film stints with The Avengers. 

In the upcoming Captain America: Civil War not only are The Avengers a team divided, but the film will also see Cap fight another yet another foe familiar to comic book fans. While Marvel is no stranger to changing the style of its characters from the page to the screen, we  can now reveal that this new antagonist will look markedly different from how he was originally rendered.

Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, Woman in Gold) will be playing the elite Nazi scientist Baron Zemo. In the comics Zemo creates the dangerous Adhesive X, which ends up melding his mask to his face during a fight with Captain America. The mask is his trademark, something that will be left behind for his latest iteration.  “He does not wear the mask,” Brühl revealed during an interview with Business Insider. According to Brühl that will not be the only charge ahead for Zemo.

“You would be surprised, it’s different than what you’d think. It’s loosely connected to this character. But that’s what I like about the Marvel guys, some of the characters and things they’re dealing with always reference to current events, so my character is from a different area than you would think.”

Daniel Bruhl in Inglorious Basterds Captain America 3: Daniel Brühl Teases Baron Zemo & His Future in the MCU

Though little is known about the role Zemo will play in the next Captain America installment, it does sound as though there will be room for the character in future Marvel films. When asked about his returning to the MCU Brühl was coy, and left lots of room for speculation about the rumors of his Dr. Strange connection.

“There’s a possibility. That’s the way it’s written.”

While we’ll have to wait and see what is in store for him, it makes sense that his character may move away from the ample source material. They’ll want to avoid him resembling Red Skull too closely, and his plot and character arc will need to be altered to fit the new  landscape he is joining. Either way, Brühl is a talented actor and his presence alone continues Marvel’s streak of excellent casting, regardless of how many follow up films he is in.

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: Business Insider

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