Daniel Bruhl made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War. One of the most intelligent villains that the Avengers had ever faced, Zemo managed to drive a wedge between Earth's Mightiest Heroes that, in many ways, set the stage for Thanos to succeed in Avengers: Infinity War. However, there's a lot about Zemo that you might not realize.
The version of the character that appears in the MCU is pretty diferent than the one from the comics. In the comics, Helmut Zemo first appeared in 1973's Captain America #168 and was created by Tony Isabella, Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema. The film version of the character's motivation is based off the loss of his family during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is much different than in the comics. The villain's comics-counterpart is associated with Hydra, meaning that his motivations are a little bit less compelling than they are in the films. Helmut Zemo has pretty close associations with Nazis, and is the son of Heinrich Zemo. That villain was one of Captain America's main foes in the early days of the comics.
Check out the video below for more things you might not have realized about Zemo in Civil War.
Considering that Zemo survived the events of Captain America: Civil War, it's entirely possible that he'll return to the MCU in some capacity in the future, though it might just be in a capacity similar to that of Red Skull in Infinity War. There's a lot of ways that future installments in the MCU could take stories from the comic focused on Zemo, and it feels a lot like the character was left alive for a reason. If the brilliant tactician teams up with some of the other most powerful villains in the MCU, he might just be able to do even more damage.
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