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I painted this Baron Zemo for #CaptainAmericaCivilWar At the end of the day his traditional comic book look didn't make sense for the story. But I had fun imaging how he could look if he were to don his traditional pink/purple mask. #villain #conceptart #illustration #design #costume
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After Captain America’s greatest ever villain was utilised in The First Avenger, and HYDRA and Bucky took the antagonistic lead in The Winter Soldier in the Red Skull’s absence, there was only one villain who could step in for Civil War. Helmut Zemo.
Of course, there was a huge amount of intrigue and excitement surrounding the character’s MCU debut, and while he was a strong villain, he was certainly subject to a lot of the Russo brothers’ creative liberty.
These changes were made to better suit the MCU. He was made to be Sokovian, he was motivated by the tragic loss of his family, and held a grudge against the entire Avengers team rather than just Cap. One of the biggest changes was the lack of Zemo’s trademark purple hood. It’s a justified change, but anyone who says they weren’t disappointed by not seeing a comic accurate version of the character isn’t being honest with themselves.
Thankfully, we can look forward to the classic look in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but we almost saw it in 2016, and it would have been epic.