The Falcon and The Winter Soldier offers a new take on Helmut Zemo compared to Captain America: Civil War. Daniel Brühl’s Zemo now makes jokes and dances in clubs, which makes people wonder whether he can be trusted.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Brühl revealed Sam, Bucky, and viewers should not trust Zemo. He said, “No, never. And that’s the good thing. If it’s hard to read and tell what somebody is up to, that ambiguity — which people always enjoy and I do enjoy — is always fun. So, yeah, you shouldn’t really trust him.”
Brühl further explained, “I guess it has become apparent that he is not an evil supervillain; there’s more to him, which we already know from the other movie. But in the conversations between the three of them, we have intensified the very human side of Zemo. I disagree with his radical methods, but it’s understandable based on where he comes from. So, I understand if people empathize with Zemo, and I would understand if everybody joins Team Zemo by the end of the show.”
The actor also explained why Marvel decided to reinvent Zemo and make him similar to the comic books. Brühl said, “I had this conversation with Kevin Feige back in the day before we shot Civil War, and I was impressed by the fact that he wanted to reinvent and reinterpret the character. We saw a very serious, determined, driven and grounded man in Civil War, but we didn’t see the iconic Zemo from the comic books. We also didn’t get to know about his aristocratic background and all these things that I had always envisioned when thinking of this character. So, the fact that they kept the interesting background of Zemo in Civil War, but added all these layers, made it very compelling.”
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