Baron Helmut Zemo is technically a supervillain; here’s why he wasn’t imprisoned in The Raft even though he broke the Avengers apart in Civil War.
Warning: SPOILERS for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Episode 3 – “Power Broker”
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier surprised Marvel fans when it revealed that Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) was not incarcerated in the Raft. Instead, the villain who caused the Avengers to break apart in Captain America: Civil War was held in a prison in Germany. Thanks to Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Zemo escaped and joined the Winter Soldier and Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) on a mission to Madripoor to find the Super Soldier Serum used to create the Flag-Smashers.
Helmut Zemo is arguably the most successful supervillain the Avengers faced because he masterminded the collapse of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by making them fight themselves. Captain America: Civil War revealed that Zemo was a Sokovian intelligence operative who lost his family when Ultron (James Spader) used Sokovia to cause an extinction-level event in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although the Avengers destroyed Ultron, Zemo blamed the superheroes for the tragedy inflicted upon his country and his family. Zemo’s focus in Sokovian intelligence was hunting Hydra and stopping their Winter Soldier program. In order to rid the world of the Avengers, Zemo bombed the United Nations in Vienna during the signing of the Sokovia Accords and he framed Bucky Barnes. Zemo then used Hydra’s brainwashing system to take control of the Winter Soldier, which forced the Avengers to choose sides between Team Captain America (Chris Evans), who was trying to protect Barnes, and Team Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who was trying to enforce the Sokovia Accords.
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