Monday, January 26, 2015

Casting Call Reveals Daniel Bruhl May Portray Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War

A casting call for co-starring and supporting roles for Captain America: Civil War has revealed, if accurate, that Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Rush) will play long-time Captain America nemesis, Baron Zemo in the film.

Bruhl's addition to the cast was first announced back in November when it was revealed he'd be portraying one of the film's main antagonists. Over the course of that day, things became confusing, however, when reports started to surface that Bruhl's villain would also be the main villain in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. In the course of all the speculation, my mind was all over the place as to whom Bruhl might play, but Red Skull, Doctor Faustus and Baron Zemo were among my guesses. As it turns out, it will be Baron Zemo. If the listing on the casting call is correct, one of Captain America's greatest enemies will finally be making his way to the big screen. In the absence of an official announcement from Marvel Studios, let's not take this sheet as gospel just yet, but I'm going to do some thinking about Zemo anyway.

Baron Zemo is the name of not one, but two Captain America villains, one from his World War II days and one from the present. In the comics they were father and son, but if I had to guess, I'd say the film will either see grandfather and grandson or Zemo will have gotten his hands on some version of a formula to slow aging. My guess is that Bruhl will be playing the younger generation Zemo, Helmut and I hope that we'll see some reference to his predecessor, Dr. Heinrich Zemo, a Nazi scientist who was part of the plot that ended with Captain America frozen in Arctic ice.

IF the casting call sheet is correct, it's time to start to think what role Baron Zemo might play in Captain America: Civil War, I think it's possible that Tony Stark may become unwitting allies with him at some point and that it will end in the death of Captain America. I'm thinking something along the lines of Helmut seeking revenge against Captain America (which means a possible flashback at some point in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Captain America: Civil War) and aligning with Stark to help take down Captain Rogers, perhaps even under the guise of Citizen V as leader of the Thunderbolts! I've wondered for a while now just who would side with Stark in order to face off against Rogers and his team of Avengers and I've not really gotten far. I could see some version of the Thunderbolts being introduced under Zemo's command, possibly including Crossbones, working with Stark, "killing" Rogers and then driving Stark into whatever reclusiveness we'll find him when Avengers: Infinity War begins.

I'd expect some official news from Marvel soon and for us to start hearing some details about Captain America: Civil War in the near future!