Baron Helmut Zemo returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and here’s a rundown of the villain’s MCU story so far.
Baron Zemo returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and here is what his story has been up to now. The Disney + series stars Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Both characters are receiving starring roles on an MCU property after years of just supporting. Following the events of Avengers Endgame, the next chapter of their stories will also involve other characters from the MCU’s past.
One of the familiar faces of the MCU that will appear in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Daniel Brühl’s villain Helmut Zemo, who first appeared in Captain America: Civil War. His role has only been teased briefly, but it is clear that this time around he will become closer to his comedic counterpart. Zemo will dawn the purple mask from comics at last on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Still, it’s been almost five years since Zemo last appeared, so it’s understandable that some of the details of his MCU history have been forgotten. Before his return, what is already known about Zemo?
Baron Zemo’s MCU story begins in 1978 when Sokovia was born. The nature of his childhood is unknown, but he grew up in the European country and remained there for most of his adult life. His brilliant mind paved the way for Zemo to become a Sokovian intelligence officer and lead one of the best military units in the country known as the EKO Scorpion. Despite this lifestyle, Zemo settled and started a family in Sokovia, where he was quite happy with his life. All of that changed in 2015 when Ultron attacked Sokovia. Zemo and EKO Scorpion were tasked with defending the country, forcing him to leave his family. He found out that they died during the Ultron attack two days later and blamed the Avengers for their deaths.
The loss of Zemo’s family prompted him to find a way to tear the Avengers apart. This led him to search for information on Hydra and the Winter Soldier program. He managed to locate a former member and leader of the program living in the United States and took a book full of information about the program after killing the man. Zemo was specifically interested in gathering information about the deaths of Howard and Maria Stark on December 16, 1991, who, as it turned out, had been killed by Bucky when he was still brainwashed and programmed as the Winter Soldier. He then impersonated Bucky to frame him for the UN bombing that killed T’Chaka, the then King of Wakanda, who later posed as a psychiatrist to gain access to Bucky once he was captured.
Zemo used the Winter Soldier book to start Bucky’s programming and then fled the scene amid the chaos. He quickly traveled to Moscow to visit the location of the Winter Soldiers Program and killed the other Winter Soldiers that Hydra created. Once Captain America, Iron Man, and Bucky arrived on the scene, he revealed the footage of Bucky killing Tony Stark’s parents, escaping when Tony turned on Bucky and Steve. It was after this that Zemo tried to kill himself, but Black Panther stopped him, leading him to become a prisoner of Everett Ross and the Joint Center Against Terrorism.
When Zemo returns The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the show will get a chance to be based on one of the MCU’s most underrated villains. The trailers indicate that he will be working with Sam and Bucky for a while, potentially even being their guide through Madripoor. But, it remains to be seen if Zemo’s alliance with them will last for the entire show or if it will turn out to be The Falcon and the Winter Soldiervillain in the end. Either way, the return of Baron Zemo could provide the setting for his MCU future.
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