Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) has finally been confirmed as the primary threat in The Russo Bros.’ Captain America: Civil War, the next MCU movie headed our way. We all kind of knew it anyway, but it’s nice to see it confirmed by a cast member, in this case the Scarlet Witch herself, Elizabeth Olsen. The actress recently praised Bruhl’s performance in the role and how having a human manipulating events behind the scenes will be a change of pace from the Avengers films we have seen this far.
“Brühl is an incredible actor and he’s playing the main villain in it. And he’s incredible! It’s a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it’s darker and it’s allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines.”
The Russos brought human villainy to the forefront in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it has been a staple of the more science-based MCU films (Iron Man 1&2, Ant-Man), but it is a new element when talking Avengers-filled entries. After all, we had Loki (and the Chitauri) and Ultron (and his robo-lackeys) causing problems for our heroes recently, both of which are more fantastical threats.
How is Zemo behind it all? Given his Baron status, I’m guessing he’s manipulating things openly through political channels, likely being involved with The Sokovia Accords, and then controlling Hydra behind closed doors. After all, someone is giving Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and company orders and who better to do that than the Master of Evil himself, Baron Helmut Zemo? What better way to destroy your enemies (The Avengers) than to incite them to destroy one another? I have a feeling that Bruhl is going to be a treat in the role and here’s hoping he’s allowed to stick around for awhile in the MCU. If I can’t have Red Skull return, at least give me a large helping of Zemo in his stead.
Olsen also went on to discuss her own character, even going so far as to explaining where’s she at emotionally and where she might fall when the divide in the team is created…
“She’s someone who’s more powerful than she’s able to control and she ends up going insane because of it. And she’s like a wildcard. You never know [if] she’s a hero or a villain and that’s a very fun part.”
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.