So there are villains in “Civil War”!

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Phase 3 of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative begins with two Avengers who don’t exactly see eye to eye. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will lay the foundation of what will transpire in Captain America: Civil War, which pits the title character against Iron Man, thanks to a debate regarding whether or not superheros should relinquish their secret identities (if they have them) and act as agents of the U.S. government in times of crisis. With Captain America and Iron Man taking sides, with a contingent of heroes and special individuals taking sides as well, it’s simple to forget that every hero has to have a villain(s). For some time now Daniel Brühl has been cast as the villain, but the identity of said villain has been kept confidential, until now.

Brühl has confirmed that he has been cast as Baron Zemo. Zemo is a scientific genius and master of hand-to-hand combat, wears a recognizable purple mask and is one of Captain America’s most notable archenemies. Zemo’s father (or possibly his grandfather) supposedly squared off against Cap in WWII and lost, thus Brühl’s incarnation will probably be itching for revenge. Zemo has also formed a team of villains called the Masters of Evil, who eventually disguised themselves as a team of heroes called the Thunderbolts. It remains to be seen if Zemo has any superhuman abilities but he won’t be the only bad guy in the picture; Frank Grillo will reprise his role in The Winter Soldier as HYDRA operative Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones, the character who eventually kills Captain America in the comics.

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by The Russo Brothers, Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman and Sebastian Stan. Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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