Friday, November 14, 2014

Daniel Bruhl Joins Marvel's Cinematic Universe in a Villainous Role


Marvel officially announced that actor Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Rush and A Most Wanted Man) has joined the ever-expanding cast of their cinematic universe as a yet unnamed villain who is set to appear in Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange.

Earlier today, via an official release on Marvel.com, Marvel Studios added actor Daniel Bruhl to their list of cinematic villains, announcing Bruhl has joined the cast of Captain America: Civil War. The third installment in the Captain America franchise is set to film this April ahead of a May 6, 2016 release.


The 36-year old Bruhl gained some notoriety for his role, alongside Thor's Chris Hemsworth, in Ron Howard's Rush and is an actor on the rise. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, was happy to announce Bruhl's addition to the MCU, saying, “With Daniel's ability to deliver intense, nuanced performances, we knew we had found yet another great actor to share the screen with some of our biggest heroes.”

While Marvel's official release made no mention of what role Bruhl would be playing, Variety's Justin Kroll later broke the news that Bruhl would be taking a villainous turn in Captain America: Civil War, but that he would not be the film's main antagonist (that role is expected to go to Frank Grillo's Brock Rumlow/Crossbones). Of even greater interest is Kroll's reveal that Bruhl may be the joining the MCU to take become the main antagonist of Scott Derrickson's upcoming Doctor Strange.

Upon first hearing of Bruhl's casting, I believed he could possibly be playing Captain America villain Doctor Faustus; however, if Bruhl is joining the MCU as a villain with multi-film potential and one of those films is Doctor Strange, I'm not sure Faustus fits the bill. I'm also not sure that many other traditional comic book antagonists of either Captain America or Doctor Strange fit the bill. While many people are predicting Bruhl will play Baron Zemo or Baron Morod, I just can't figure out where either of those characters, who are both wonderful villains, crossover between the films. I'm certainly not discounting those characters, but this news has me leaning much harder in the direction of some form of the Thunderbolts appearing in this film.

As I first mentioned in my Phase 3 Road Map, the number of heroes available to Stark to fight against Captain America's Secret Avengers is pretty low, causing me to wonder if the Thunderbolts, a team of former villains repurposed to fight for Stark for their pardons, would appear in the film. If this is the case, Bruhl could be playing any number of villains, including Zemo and Mordo. Off the top of my head, Bruhl could also be playing any of the following Marvel characters pulled from both Earthbound, Cosmic and mystical characters: Nighthawk, The Grandmaster or Mephisto. Of course all I, or anybody without a source, can do at this point is guess, but as Marvel's Cinematic Universe grows at an incredible rate, it's hard to discount any character in their stable.

The story was first broken by Deadline, who also added the interesting tidbits that Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier is expected to return and that Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, are currently the favorites to helm both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, with the two parts being filmed back to back.

Sources: Marvel.com, Variety and Deadline