This year saw a clash of titans as Marvel's superheroes turned against one another in Captain America: Civil War, the first movie of the Marvel Cinematic's Universe's Phase 3. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) found themselves with irreconcilable different opinions over the Sokovia Accords and the reemergence of Cap's old pal Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who became the subject of a global manhunt after being blamed for attacking a United Nations meeting.
Of course, Bucky was actually set up by the movie's real villain, Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who was manipulating things behind the scenes in order to drive a wedge between the leaders of the Avengers. There was quite a bit of subterfuge involved in this plan, which is why Zemo did not wear his traditional costume from the comics (the purple balaclava would probably attract attention).
However, Marvel Studios' resident concept artist Andy Park has now revealed that Zemo's comic book costume was considered for the movie - to the point that he put together a design for it. Check out Park's artwork below:
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) October 12, 2016
The outfit wasn't the only aspect of Zemo's character that changed between the comics and Civil War. In the source material, there are two characters - Heinrich Zemo and his son, Helmut Zemo - who take up the supervillain mantle, but Brühl's character was more closely based on the latter (as evidenced by this concept art). In the comics, both Baron Zemos experienced facial trauma, with Heinrich's mask left permanently stuck to his face, and Helmut forced to wear the balaclava after his face was horribly scarred by acid. As with the costume, this character detail would have been difficult to work into a plot that requires Zemo to go undercover as a government psychiatrist.
While some fans may be disappointed that this version of Zemo didn't end up in Captain America: Civil War, there's always the possibility that the villain could return in a future MCU movie. And if that does happen, perhaps we'll get to see this costume brought to life.
Captain America: Civil War is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.