Daniel Brühl explains how Baron Zemo will be different in Captain America: Civil War

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Oct 20, 2015, 12:11 PM EDT

With the focus of Captain America: Civil War being on the conflict between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), it’s easy to forget that Baron Zemo -- played by Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) -- is most likely going to be the real villain of the superhero piece.

In the pages of the Marvel comics, Zemo was a former top Nazi scientist. But since Civil War takes place TODAY, the Russo brothers will put a modern spin on the classic World War II character so he can fit smoothly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In order to do that, something's got to go.

In an interview with Business Insider while promoting his next movie, Burnt (starring Bradley Cooper), Brühl told the site that Zemo will lose one of his trademark costume pieces. “He does not wear the mask,” the actor said.

Brühl is, of course, referring to the iconic purple hood Zemo wears all the time in the pages of the comics. The character became famous for wearing said mask after a fight with Captain America led to his being doused with a vat of a powerful adhesive known as Adhesive X, preventing Zemo from ever removing the hood until after the war, when a way to neutralize it was found. Brühl also added that his take on the character will be different from what we're used to see in the pages of the Marvel comics.

“You would be surprised, it's different than what you'd think,” said Brühl, talking about the Zemo character we see in Civil War. “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.”

Fair enough. I think we all understand the need to modernize a villain that originally hails from Nazi Germany in the comics in order to make him relevant to the present storyline. But I'm sure fans will no doubt feel the loss of such an iconic piece of the character. Despite that, the actor had something a bit more encouraging to say concerning the possibility of Baron Zemo popping up in future Marvel movies, much as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) does. “There's a possibility. That's the way it's written,” Brühl told Business Insider.

Are you disappointed that Baron Zemo won’t get to wear his iconic hood in Captain America: Civil War, or do you think that’s the right move by Marvel?

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: Civil War will hit movie theaters on May 6, 2016.

(via Business Insider)