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Zemo está de vuelta en Falcon and the Winter Soldier con aún más para revelar

  • by Yarisel Hortas

Zemo era el gran mal de El halcón y el soldado de invierno? Remolques mostrando el Capitán América: Guerra Civil El villano con su clásico disfraz de máscara púrpura de los cómics sugirió que el agraviado cerebro de Sokovian volvería a enfrentarse a los Vengadores. Pero la serie Disney Plus de Marvel ha llevado a Zemo en una dirección diferente: parte Hannibal Lecter, parte Suicide Squad.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the latest episode

In episode 3, Sam and Bucky go one step further than a consultation by breaking out their old enemy to aid in the investigation of the mysterious Power Broker. A scene between the ex-Winter Soldier and Zemo is tense … if you remember exactly what happened in Captain America: Civil War. If it’s not fresh in your memories, the newly initiated arc might be foggy — he spent most of the movie hovering in the background as Steve and Tony punched each other in the face. With his return playing a key role in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, here’s a quick refresher on how Zemo became Bucky’s worst nightmare — and viable informant.

What happened to Zemo in Civil War

The last time we saw Helmut Zemo, Wakandan hero T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, had captured him and turned him over to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre for doing quite a lot of crimes, including killing T’Challa’s dad, the king of Wakanda. Zemo is Sokovian, and when his wife and children were killed in Ultron’s attack (in Avengers: Age of Ultron) he blamed the Avengers for creating the evil machine intelligence. (Which is fair. They did do that.)

But Zemo had also done his research, tracking down the former Soviet operatives who, back in the day, had created the Winter Soldier. And a bit of torture later, he uncovered a subliminal trigger phrase that would send Bucky into a killing frenzy. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s weirdly easy to pick up old Hydra diaries full of Russian code words for brainwashed assassins. Not surprising, but unsettling.

Zemo’s scheme involved both framing Captain America’s long-lost best friend for some murders he didn’t commit, and revealing some of the secret murders he actually did commit while brainwashed. Specifically, he showed Steve and Tony that Bucky killed Tony’s parents, Maria and Howard Stark, while making their deaths look like a car accident. The ensuing rift between Captain America, loyal to Bucky, and Iron Man, really mad about his parents, sundered the Avengers — and Zemo’s revenge was complete (Captain America: Civil War).

What is Zemo like in the comics?

Image: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby/Marvel Comics

Less sympathetic. Which is saying something!

In the comics, Heinrich Zemo is literally a Nazi scientist. In his first battle against Captain America, the hood that he wore to conceal his identity was accidentally permanently bonded to his face, which he didn’t much appreciate. But he dealt Cap and his teenage sidekick Bucky a significant blow when, towards the end of World War II, he orchestrated a plan that left Bucky presumed dead, and Captain America lost in an icy ocean.

When the Avengers hauled Cap out of his ice block years later, Zemo was still alive, and still wearing that ribbed purple hood that he couldn’t get off his head. And when he died in a battle against Cap and the Avengers, his genocidal cause was taken up by his son, Helmut Zemo, who also honored his father’s “legacy” by wearing a stupid-looking ribbed purple hood, often with a gold circlet.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have chosen to go a different route with Zemo — one that’s less about Nazis and more about person grevances — but Falcon and the Winter Soldier looks like it’ll bring back the hood, at least.

Why the hood?

We won’t say that it’s because Baron Zemo co-creator Jack Kirby hated drawing ears, but we will say that there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence.

Zemo’s path in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 only gave us a hint of Zemo. Bucky, under the assumption the Flag-Smashers and their stolen Super Soldier Serum must have connections to Hydra, decides the only way to figure out what the hell is going on is to connect his ol’ frenemy, Helmut. And after getting walloped by Black Panther, Zemo appears to be rotting in a jail cell, doing what all good captured criminal minds do: chess.

As creator Malcolm Spellman told AV Club in a recent interview, Zemo’s opinion hasn’t exactly matured since his first encounter with Earth’s mightiest heroes.

“The Zemo character is going to lend a lot of voice to [the idea of the Avengers as overreaching law enforcement.] Puedes ver lo que piensa de él ”, dijo. “Obviamente, todos somos canalizados a través de él un poco en el sentido de que Zemo los ve a todos como supremacistas, y cree que las personas que están dotadas de habilidades extraordinarias, como las fuerzas del orden o, en este caso, los héroes, están intrínsecamente yendo abusar de su poder, y tiene una maldita buena razón para pensar eso. Destruyeron su país usando su ciudad como una bomba y mataron a toda su familia junto con todos los que conocía ”.

Sorprendentemente, el Zemo en el que entramos El halcón y el soldado de invierno El episodio 3 es una actualización del alma vengativa en Guerra civil. En primer lugar, resulta que el tipo es en realidad un barón, con un presupuesto para un avión privado y ropa elegante. Cuando la pandilla llega a Madripoor, Zemo es una entidad criminal conocida. Si bien su esposa y su hijo pueden haber perecido en el acto de Sokovia, sus humildes comienzos fueron una artimaña o una característica aún por definir. Pero El halcón y el soldado de invierno necesita un benefactor rico que pueda patear traseros y conectarse con el inframundo criminal, por lo que Zemo es el tipo.

Si bien Zemo parece estar firmemente del lado de los buenos, su naturaleza antagónica no parece haberse desvanecido a lo largo de los años en prisión. Algo se está cocinando, solo mira la forma en que se ilumina con la idea del suero de súper soldado (y luego, eh, mata al Dr. Nagel). ¿Estará Zemo a la caza de Isaiah Bradley? ¿Tiene planes más grandes para su recién descubierta libertad? Ya sea un humilde Sokovian o un barón con mucho dinero, Zemo es un genio criminal, así que espere algunos giros más antes. El halcón y el soldado de invierno concluye su carrera de seis episodios.