‘Captain America: Civil War’: Main Villain Confirmed By Elizabeth Olsen [Spoilers]

While the D23 fottage led some fans to believe Crossbones would be the film's primary antagonist, it turns out that isn't the case.

The main villain of Captain America: Civil War has been revealed by actress Elizabeth Olsen in a new interview, and fans are likely to be surprised regarding the character’s identity.

[Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War follow]

Some fans have long thought that Crossbones was likely to be the primary antagonist in Civil War, a film centered around the internal conflict that tears apart the Avengers (as well as superheroes worldwide). The first footage from the newest Captain America film (revealed at the D23 expo), seemed to confirm this assessment, as it featured Cap taking down Crossbones while the villain taunted him regarding the fate of the Winter Soldier.

In a new interview, however, Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed the suspicions of another faction of fans, who believed that Crossbones isn’t the primary villain. Speaking with French outlet Premiere, she revealed that Daniel Brühl, as Baron Zemo, will instead be the film’s big bad.

“Daniel Brühl is an incredible actor and he’s playing the main villain in it. And he’s incredible! It’s a movie about people as opposed to robots this time. So it’s darker and it’s allowed to be darker because it gets more in the mindset of humans rather than machines.”

There can be little end to speculation regarding what Baron Zemo may have in store for Captain America and company, as Cinema Blend points out, but it seems likely that his plans will take advantage of the film’s eponymous Civil War regarding superhero registration. A recurring adversary in the comics for Cap ever since the 1970s, Helmut Zemo has recently been responsible for revealing Bucky Barnes’ past as the Winter Soldier to the public at large. With set photos already revealing that character’s presence in the film (along with Crossbones’ taunting of Cap in the D23 footage), it seems possible that this angle could make its way into Civil War as well.

It is likely that fans won’t see much of Olsen in the film as well, since the actress revealed that she was only on the Civil War set for five weeks, as Den of Geek points out. With a massive cast of heroes and a mission to introduce the newest Spider-Man to the world, Captain America: Civil War is not only already packed with excitement for fans but also set to bring massive changes to the MCU when it debuts on May 6, 2016.

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