Captain America: Civil War: Zemo’s scariest moment didn’t make the final cut


In Captain America: Civil War, there is a deleted scene that actually shows Baron Zemo’s scariest moment when it comes to a key Hydra item.

WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3, “Power Broker,” which is now airing on Disney +.

On Captain America: Civil War, the audience got to know the twisted, cerebral and highly intelligent mind of Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl). Zemo was a man on a mission from the start, deconstructing the Avengers in a cleverly designed plan with the catalyst being the bombing and assassination of King T’Chaka of Wakanda at the summit of world leaders. However, as he proceeded to set traps and knock down dominoes for Iron Man to do battle with Captain America and Bucky Barnes, his scariest moment actually didn’t make it to the final cut of the film.

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The scene in question revolves around the Red Book of Hydra, which had the codes to activate the Winter Soldier. This diary contained all the secrets for the reprogramming, as well as the experiments on Bucky, to turn him from a test subject into an elite assassin for the sinister terrorist organization. The movie had Zemo meeting a former administrator of the experiments, Vasily Karpov, and visiting his home while hiding in Cleveland. He tortured and killed the man, taking the book for himself, before proceeding to learn the code phrases to free the Winter Soldier again.

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As effective as this scene was in introducing the Zemo character, there is a deleted scene from the Russo brothers that paints a much scarier villain when it comes to stealing the book. In the alternate scene, Zemo ends up in an illegal auction where Hydra relics and weapons are sold to the highest bidder. Black market terrorists and arms dealers are there, bidding for millions, but the auction manager quickly sees Zemo as out of place. He asks Zemo who he is and why he is here, but Zemo makes it clear that he is not there to bid.

In fact, the way he insults people for buying outdated guns like the Polish Komars says a lot – he’s not one of them, he’s just here for his own agenda. And when the bodyguards try to approach him, one by one, they all start coughing and falling to the ground. Zemo pulls out a gas mask, revealing that he has poisoned the entire room. He goes to the auction table and takes out the newspaper before leaving to start his trade.

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What’s interesting about this is that while it’s less personal than him to stand up to Vasily, arguing over semantics and philosophies, the way he kills these warlords paints it in a more threatening way. It shows that he is definitely not with Hydra or any other villain. This puts him in a kind of morally gray area, similar to characters like Killmonger who want to burn down the old system, with everyone in it, to build a new one.

Also, Zemo knows that these warmongers are like Tony Stark and are responsible for the turmoil in nations like Sokovia, so it’s sweeter revenge for him when he can eliminate them too. By taking over the item and assassinating everyone in attendance, this action also resembles the dramatic Zemo from the comics, which is always more deceptive than straightforward, whether he’s involved in street plots or grand schemes with the Thunderbolts. It is a subtle and controlled aggression that matches him making jokes and enjoying killing tyrants in Madripoor in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl. New episodes debut Fridays on Disney +.

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