Published on April 19, 2021 by Darren
I published a new one As part of Piece at The dropout this evening. How The falcon and the winter soldier After the season ended, it seemed like a good opportunity to ponder the show’s approach to the character of Baron Helmut Zemo. The villain was featured in Captain America: Civil War, but the streaming series offered something like a gentle reboot of the character.
On paper, Helmut Zemo is the most compelling villain you can imagine for a superhero story. He is a man who has suffered at the hands of these overpowering individuals who act without respect or consideration for due process or collateral damage. Zemo is similar to a character like Billy Butcher The young, a man with a reasonable and informed critique of a culture that revolves around the undeniable fetishization of power.
However, Civil war could never explore Zemo’s perspective because that would mean asking awkward questions about the superhero’s power fantasies. More specifically, Zemo’s motivations contradicted the purpose of a film in which a large part of the appeal was to watch these supermen do immeasurable damage to property. The MCU could not support Zemo as an antagonist Civil war marginalizes and minimizes it. In contrast, The falcon and the winter soldier smart reinvents the character.