Mask Off: Daniel Brühl Won’t Wear Baron Zemo’s Mask In Civil War

Willi Schneider/REX Shutterstock
Willi Schneider/REX Shutterstock

The new bad guy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who we will meet in Captain America: Civil War, is Baron Zemo, played by Daniel Brühl.

Baron Zemo is a high-ranking Nazi scientist whose buzzbomb ended the war for Captain America and Bucky, seemingly killing both. We are all familiar with what actually happened with both (and we won’t talk about what Bucky went through because it hurts, ok?), but when Cap came back, so did Zemo; turns out he was hiding in South America. Of course.

Zemo later formed the Masters of Evil, a villainous counterpart to the Avengers. His son, Baron Helmut Zemo, later took his place under the identity off Citizen V and led a team of undercover villains called The Thunderbolts.

As for his physical appearance, Zemo wears a purple hood that is permanently attached to his flesh as a consequence of an accident with Adhesive X (ironically, it was created by him). Basically, Cap threw his shield to release the adhesive from its vat onto the ground and it fell all over Zemo.

When we learned Daniel Brühl was playing this quite peculiar character, my main question was: how are they going to make the hood so it doesn’t look cartoonish and fits the realistic style of the MCU?

Answer: you don’t. You make him not wear the hood. Cue sadness.

Daniel Brühl revealed to Business Insider that he won’t be wearing Zemo’s distinctive mask.

“He doesn’t wear the mask. 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”, Brühl said.

Look, I am always the first one to say that what we see in the MCU are not carbon copies of the comics, but I won’t lie: I was really looking forward to seeing a live-version of Baron Zemo and all his evil.

I mean, come on, look at this!

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Do you feel my pain?

But hey, in the Russos I trust, and with Brühl in charge of portraying this modern take on Baron Zemo, I believe it will all be all right.

As to whether or not we will see him in other Marvel movies, Brühl simply replied: “There’s a possibility. That’s the way it’s written”.

Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed for Zemo to be included in the trailer/teaser because, for real, there’s no way I will be able to wait until the movie comes out to see him.

Captain America: Civil War
is coming to crush our spirits on May 6.

How do you feel about these changes to Baron Zemo?