Though Marvel superhero movies are some of the most lucrative titles currently playing at he modern box office, the villains in these adventures have always left something to be desired. Some fans have even called Marvel villains the worst. But this summer's Captain America: Civil War started to change the tide. People gravitated towards the sequel's Baron Zemo. He was different. He wasn't just a doppelganger of Captain America or Iron Man. More importantly, he looked like an average human being, his quiet face hiding the terror within. But that almost wasn't the case.
In the comic books, Baron Zemo is traditionally on the cheesy side of things. And as Civil War went into production, many fans worried about how this purple mask wearing foe would come across on the big screen. As it turns out, we almost got a version of Baron Zemo that would have been slightly more traditional. But early on, the filmmaking team lead by the directing duo The Russo Brothers, discovered that a masked Zemo just wouldn't work for what they had planned.
Andy Parks, who has made a name for himself amongst fans for sharing his concept art from several genre movies, including alternate concepts he created for Captain America 3, is back today, showing off his early work on Baron Zemo. And as you can see in the image below, the purple monster almost made his way to the theater intact, with a comic-accurate depiction.
In the finished movie, Daniel Bruhl, who is quite disturbing as Baron Zemo, never once dons the traditional attire associated with this Marvel icon. But now we know what that might have looked like. Artist Andy Park has provided everyone with a look at what could have been a more comic book style purple mask and sword. He says this on Twitter.
"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."
As it turns out, Baron Zemo in his mask doesn't look any more outlandish than some of the things we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. He actually looks, dare we say, cool? Spoiler alert! At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Baron Zemo has been captured. He's still alive. And in custody. It's possible that Daniel Bruhl could return somewhere further down the road, perhaps in Avengers: Infinity War, and it's even more possible that we'll see him wearing a getup like this at some point in the MCU. Take a look at what could have been, and what might be sometime in the future.