Daniel Brühl (Rush, Inglorious Basterds) is playing Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War but you may not recognize the Marvel super-villain since Brühl won't be wearing his iconic reddish-pink hood. "He does not wear the mask," he told the Business Insider, while promoting his new movie Burnt.
In the comics, Baron Helmut Zemo began wearing the cloak to hide his identity, but it later got stuck to his face ... forever! See, he created Adhesive X, which is this super-powerful adhesive, and Captain America finds out about the scientific breakthrough and wants to destroy it before it can be used for evil. So, Cap busts into Zemo's lair and during a struggle between the two, the adhesive spills onto Zemo's hood, permanently sealing his evil fate.
We'll also have to brace ourselves for a new modern take on Zemo, which Brühl thinks is quite a bit "different" than what most people are expecting. "It's loosely connected to this character," he offered. "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."
Will we see Brühl in future Marvel films? "There's a possibility," said the actor. "That's the way it's written."
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers 2 left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016.