‘Captain America: Civil War’: Daniel Brühl Won’t Be a Masked Villain After All

     October 19, 2015

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Since Disney is currently in the midst of all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some of the attention has been taken off of Marvel Studios’ next picture, Captain America: Civil War. While we already know that Chris Evans’ third solo outing as the Patriotic Powerhouse is going to be positively packed with a cast of big names and characters, star Daniel Brühl has been more vocal than most about his villainous role in the film.

While promoting his next movie, Burnt – the John Wells-directed cooking comedy/drama starring Bradley Cooper – Brühl spoke to the U.K. Business Insider about his upcoming comic book role. He’s been pretty open in the past about playing infamous Marvel villain Baron Zemo, but now we’re starting to get a sense of how the baddie is going to be brought to life. Perhaps the biggest surprise? He won’t be wearing his very recognizable purple mask:


“He does not wear the mask.”

captain-america-civil-war-daniel-bruhl-baron-zemoI appreciate how blunt and to-the-point Brühl is when answering these questions. While mask or no mask may not seem like that big of a deal, Baron Zemo has a particularly odd backstory when it comes to his choice of costumed accoutrement. As our own Evan Valentine explained in his rundown of Baron Zemo’s comic book history, Baron Heinrich Zemo, during his time in the Nazi party, created “Adhesive X”, a super-sticky chemical that eventually spilled on Zemo in a battle with Captain America, leaving him unable to remove his purple mask from his face. Yeah, it would make sense that Marvel wouldn’t stick (pardon the pun) with that particular character trait. Brühl went on to explain just what we will see of Zemo in the new movie:

“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.”

We likely won’t get to see exactly how much screentime Brühl gets as Zemo in Captain America: Civil War until it opens on May 6, 2016. In the meantime, check out some of our recent coverage on Captain America: Civil War provided at the following links:


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