Despite his small appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Baron Helmut Zemo proved to be one of the most destructive forces in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though he has no superpowers whatsoever, the criminal mastermind came closer to dismantling the Avengers more than almost anyone.
With Daniel Bruhl's captivating return as Zemo in Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the balaclava-wearing supervillain has become more popular than ever. But there is more to the character than dance memes and Turkish delights (although those are definitely his best qualities).
Apart from the fact that he looks like he's sporting a sock on his head, only the most devoted comic book readers know the ins and outs of the would-be conqueror.
Baron Zemo may not be as well-known as the Red Skull but he has proven time and time again to be one of the deadliest threats, not just to Captain America, but to the whole world.
If you ever wanted to know more about the masked terrorist's origins, his ambitions, and his achievements, look no further. Here's everything you need to know about Baron Zemo.
10. His Father Is Responsible For Freezing Captain America
Before Baron Helmut Zemo became one of Captain America's most recurring foes, the patriotic superhero spent years going head-to-head with his demented father, Heinrich Zemo.
After having his mind twisted by Nazi ideals, Heinrich became a scientist for Adolf Hitler. When Cap spilled a chemical called Adhesive X on him, Heinrich's face was burned permanently, giving him a seething hatred for the super-soldier.
To exact his revenge, Heinrich had Cap and his sidekick, Bucky, strapped to a drone plane. When the two heroes broke free, Bucky attempted to divert the drone's route, causing the plane to detonate. It was this explosion that caused Captain America to plunge into the sea where he was cryonically frozen for decades. Despite the fact Bucky was believed to have died in the blast, he was found by the Russians and reprogrammed as a personal assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Ironically, Captain America and the Winter Soldier would have never been able to help the heroes of the modern times if it wasn't for Heinrich Zemo.