ZEMO IN THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER: HOW HE SHIFTS THE DYNAMIC?April 5, 2021
Three episodes in and Zemo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ shows he’s worth the hype.
The latest MCU series picks up the story of our titular heroes some months after the battle of Avengers: Endgame. This superheroic odd couple find themselves at odds with an organization called the Flag Smashers; a group of revolutionaries who oppose the return to normal after the Snap united the human race.
The pair must also deal with the decision to pass the Captain America mantle to a different soldier. Also, they must handle the friction that develops between them after they meet John Walker (played by Wyatt Russell).
However, the most crucial plot point (so far) is the reintroduction of Helmut Zemo (played by Daniel Bruhl). The man who masterminded the Avengers split in Captain America: Civil War comes in to help the pair.
But how exactly does Zemo work in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
ZEMO IS AN ALLY…FOR NOW
The biggest surprise was the Zemo was going to be assisting Sam and Bucky in their mission. The Flag Smashers represent a loose end in his desire to rid the world of super-powered individuals.
He is surprisingly friendly to Bucky, given that the Winter Soldier is an enhanced individual. However, that may be tempered by Bucky’s lack of agency as the assassin of Hydra.
His knowledge of the criminal underworld and resources as a baron prove valuable to the mission. He immediately finds a new lead that gets them closer to the Flag Smashers.
Of course, given his history in Marvel Comics and his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, his betrayal of the team seems inevitable.
ZEMO FITS IN SEAMLESSLY WITH THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
Despite their obvious reluctance to having Zemo onboard, the trio of Sam, Bucky and Zemo work very well together.
When Sam and Bucky are arguing, Zemo is the surprising but useful extra set of eyes on the situation. He’s ready to dish out some realness that the pair might shrug off easily if it came from the other.
Zemo hasn’t automatically become the deciding vote on the team but he is a useful third option to have.
That said, he is still a wildcard and the trouble he sparks at the doctor’s lab is a prime example.
Speaking of trouble…
ZEMO IS A LIABILITY TO THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
Despite the obvious and subtle benefits he brings to the mission, Zemo is a big problem for Sam and Bucky. His actions during Captain America: Civil War have not been forgotten.
The new Captain America, John Walker, and his companion, Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett) are on their trail. They might not know the exact specifics but; the general idea and power they wield are a big threat to Sam and Bucky.
Even more worrisome, Wakanda sends Ayo (played by Florence Kasumba), one of the Dora Milaje to retrieve Zemo. This is a response to his bombing of the UN meeting; an action that killed T’Chaka, father of T’Challa and then ruler of Wakanda.
Going against the most advanced nation of Earth would be even worse for Sam and Bucky. There’s no telling how much sway Bucky has with the Wakandan government to prevent them from taking Zemo away.
Zemo’s return has elevated The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to more intriguing heights. Given that only three episodes have aired, there’s no telling where the show can go from here on.
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