The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, episode 3 “Power Broker” – released last Friday on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar – brought back Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), the manipulative villain from the 2016 Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War. Our titular heroes Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) enlist Zemo’s help in locating the Super Soldier Serum, who takes them to the (fictional) island of Madripoor in the Indonesian archipelago. There in a Madripoor nightclub, while the trio wait for Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) to locate the man they’re looking for, Zemo bursts out some moves in a little dance routine. I say tiny, because the scene lasts a few brief seconds.
But for some fans of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, that little Zemo dance still became the highlight of the third episode and the series – Zemo’s charismatic character, his cloak play, and his Batman lifestyle with no morals. (Zemo revealed he’s a Baron on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3) all contributed to that as well. Now the folks at Disney + and Marvel have had the brilliant idea of turning Zemo’s viral moment into a thing of its own. They tinkered with all the pictures they got of the Zemo dance – every 25 seconds – and turned them into a 60 minute loop. It’s hilarious, glorious, and exactly what the internet needs in these depressing times.
In an interview earlier this week, Brühl revealed that the Zemo dance was improvised by him. “[That moment] was improvised when I saw the crowd dancing, going loco, ”Brühl told Entertainment Weekly. “I felt the beat and I was like, ‘Zemo has been sitting in a dodgy German prison cell for years. So he needs to let off steam and show his moves. Let’s go for that! ‘ I so appreciated the reaction of Anthony and Sebastian looking at me. Still, I was 100% sure they would cut it [of the show]. I was really surprised and happy that they kept it.
“It was a long dance. There’s more, but they cut this little moment [for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3]. I didn’t know what was going on, but then I got all these messages from my friends cracking up. My friends who know me well know that I am an embarrassing and passionate dancer on the floor but those would be different movements. It would be the Spanish side of me coming in and doing matador, flamenco moves, bringing me to my knees. Very embarrassing for my friends. “
And now the longest 25-second sequence of Zemo’s dance is officially available. I wonder what Brühl does with it.
New episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier air every Friday on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar. Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is due on April 9, the penultimate episode 5 will follow on April 16, and the final episode of Series 6 is released on April 23.
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