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[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) will officially commence principal photography this week and actor Daniel Brühl has revealed (or confirmed) that he'll be playing Baron Helmut Zemo, as expected.

“I think I can tell you that without being thrown into Marvel prison,” Brühl told The Independent during a recent interview. “For the first few days I’ll walk around like a little boy, just amazed by the megalomania of it. It’s such a huge project. We could do 20 films with the budget.”

It'll be interesting to see what role Baron Zemo will play in the story line, but with several superheroes set to appear (and become divided) in Civil War, I think this is leading to something bigger (as I predicted in 2014).

Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones, played by Frank Grillo also teased his return to the role on Twitter, saying:

"I laugh at your super powers "

Grab your hammers and shields and what ever else you need. I'm ready"

UPDATE: It was also confirmed that William Hurt will be returning as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross

With all of these villains coming/returning to the big screen, let's take a tally of all of the villains in the MCU and what that could mean for the future (taken from the Rogues Gallery of the MCU). Starting with the alliances of evil that have plagued the world thus far (please pardon the language in the pictures below... I didn't make them):

I know some of these groups (above) are technically "gone," but it's good to get our heads around who belongs to which alliance before they start crossing over... or becoming something else entirely.

UPDATE: Bakshi is dead. Way to go, Jemma.

Creel/Absorbing Man was technically turned into stone... so I guess we can consider him dead too, but it was sort of left open ended (in my mind).

I would also add Georges Batroc (Batroc the Leaper) from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Samuel Sterns (Leader) to this part of the list (who were for some reason forgotten).

Alive and well.
Alive and well.
Remember Samuel Sterns? He becomes the Leader.
Remember Samuel Sterns? He becomes the Leader.

Presumably, the Purple Man, the (real) Mandarin, Ulysses Klaue, and Baron Zemo will fit into this category, as well.

The Purple Man, from A.K.A. Jessica Jones
The Purple Man, from A.K.A. Jessica Jones
The Mandarin, not to be mistaken as Trevor Slattery
The Mandarin, not to be mistaken as Trevor Slattery
Klaue last seen in Age of Ultron
Klaue last seen in Age of Ultron
Zemo, not seen yet, but soon...
Zemo, not seen yet, but soon...

Why the big question mark on Red Skull? Because we don't know if he's dead. The Tesseract obviously did something to him and the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki says, "...the object opened a portal and launched Schmidt into it seemingly killing him," but I don't buy that he's dead. Masters of Evil, anyone?!? I digress...

Don't click the spoiler below if you haven't seen Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Strucker and Ultron die in Age of Ultron, but I'm not about to ruin that for everyone that hasn't seen it.

And of course the Big Bad himself.

Let's go back to Baron Zemo. What does his presence in Captain America: Civil War signify?

If you know Zemo's history at all you know that he was most notable for forming the fourth incarnation of the Masters of Evil (which I can see as a possibility for Phase 4). BUT--going back to the comics--as a result of the Civil War storyline, Iron Man asks Zemo to begin recruiting villains to his cause!

Could this be the beginning of the Thunderbolts?!? Let's take a look at who was on the team in the comics and who is in the current MCU:

Baron Zemo (no official photo yet).
Black Widow.
Luke Cage.
Mister Hyde.
Red Hulk.
Batroc the Leaper.
Leader (not shown above).

As a side note, the Punisher, Bullseye, Venom, Ant-man (Eric O'Grady), Ragnorok, and Electra are all on the list too. Not sure if we'll get these on the Thunderbolts roster or not, but being they aren't in the MCU (no official news of them, YET) I decided to keep them off.

So what do you think?


Could Civil War be the beginning of the Thunderbolts?


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