When it was announced that the subtitle for Captain America (3) would be "Civil War," fans immediately jumped to the usual conclusions.
A "Civil War" movie obviously means that the narrative will be mostly based on the storyline fans know pretty well from the Civil War event back in the mid-2000s.
And we also (sort of) assumed that this meant the villain for this movie would either be Tony Stark or a phantom version of Reed Richards who doesn't (for legal reasons) go by the name "Mr. Fantastic."
Apparently, that's not the case. In November, Marvel revealed that they cast Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds and Rush) for an unspecified role.
Personally, I thought he would be a fresh take on Speedball (later known as Penance), the reality television superhero who would initiate the events causing the titular Civil War.
Nope! According to a recent Disney casting call, Brühl will be playing none other than Baron (Helmet) Zemo. AKA the leader of the Thunderbolts.
You may have already heard that James Gunn has been open to directing a movie about the Thunderbolts, who are a group of deadly villains who masquerade as heroes (with Zemo as their leader).
My money is on [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) being the precursor to such a movie, with Zemo playing as the antagonist using this division among the Avengers for his own gains.
If you're unaware, Baron Zemo is definitely a worthy foe. He's the legacy of a prominent barony with incredible intellect and tactical prowess. He also has the power of the moonstones, which let him fly and manipulate energy.
Oh, and he's an excellent marksman on par with Hawkeye, as well as an excellent swordsman.
That said, Marvel has a lot of options for developing this more grounded villain (compared to Thanos, at least), who could open up a pretty epic new franchise for the next generation of Marvel.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016.
Do you think we'll ever get a Thunderbolts movie?