Captain America: Civil War Originally Had A Very Different Introduction For Zemo

In Captain America: Civil War, when we are first introduced to Helmut Zemo (played by Daniel [...]


In Captain America: Civil War, when we are first introduced to Helmut Zemo (played by Daniel Brühl), he stages a car accident in front of home of Vasily Karpov, a former leader of The Winter Soldier Program. Once Karpov is convinced the accident and the motorist is genuine, he opens the door and Zemo overpowers him. Zemo ties Karpov up, hangs him upside-down over a large sink filling with water, and questions him about "mission report: December 16, 1991." While he's there, he obtains a HYDRA manual containing code words that, if recited aloud, can control Bucky Barnes.

However, on the audio commentary portion of the Digital HD release, co-director Joe Russo revealed a darker introduction to Zemo that was nixed. "We had an original scene where Zemo was at an auction, a black market auction," he explained (via Cinema Blend). "And that's how he got his hands on the book, was at this auction. He killed everybody in the auction by gassing the auction. But we just didn't get enough story out of him; it was too mysterious of an opening scene."

"It did not connect him to the opening of the movie cleanly," added co-director Anthony Russo. "This one does -- you get the red book, and you literally get Karpov, which is perhaps the most important thing."

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly-formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity, but after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

The film stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee served as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War will available on Digital HD today and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital SD and VOD September 13!