‘Meme Falcon and Winter Soldier’s Dancing Zemo reveals Marvel’s biggest flaw

Baron Helmut Zemo works weekend whip. He also killed King T’Chaku. Such is the tension in the heart Falcon and winter soldier right now: the new favorite character of the internet is also a killer.

In episode 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) go on a real journey with Earth, Captain America: The Civil War a villain played to perfection to the bone by Daniel Brühl. Except here, there is nothing cold about Zemo except the way he cools.

In Falcon and winter soldier, Zemo is a man of good taste, one who knows the value of friendship. He’s the guy who offers ex-enemy Sam and Bucky a fine lunch on a private plane, with sparkling drinks to wash it all away. He wears the iconic purple mask of his comic alter-ego, but waves it to help his new beasts get out of the jam. He shoots the scientist in the head, of course, but the scientist was a bad man to whom it should have come.

Most important: Zemo. Yes. Dance!

Zemo flash mob, assemble!Marvel Studios

From the moment Zemo started cutting the rug in the middle of the nightclub Madripoor, “Dancing Zemo” was destined to become a matter of internet legends. Several parody videos have surfaced. That’s how it was Twitter account exclusively dedicated to Zemo who dances to various songs. There’s even a hashtag #ReleaseTheZemoCut based on the news that there are even more unseen dancing Zemo shots. Will Disney + take the HBO Max route and provide fans with what they want? Maybe, maybe not, but they definitely have a chance.

“It was a long dance,” Brühl says EW. “There is something else, but they cut this little moment [for the show]. ”

Without a doubt, cutting the scene was the best. First of all, Episode 3 is already loaded. On the other hand, showing just a few seconds of Zemo dancing represents such a “moment”, exactly the right amount of time to spend on the Baron’s EDM energy. And given the collective cultural reaction, one shudders at the thought of what might happen if we had a fully developed dance number Emo Zemo, Spider-Man 3 style.

An original superhero dance master.Sony Pictures

Here’s a bigger problem: Zemo will soon end up on the wrong side of Sam and Bucky. This can happen as soon as possible Falcon and winter soldier Episode 4, the one with Wakanda’s own Ayo returning to the combination, presumably to seek justice for the fallen king of the nation. But how can we take Earth seriously as a threat when we are so busy watching it creep in? Moreover, are we going to fight the cheering against Zem, despite everything he’s done, because we like him a little too much – certainly, a lot more than he should?

As happened with Sharon Carter, Falcon and winter soldier has Ragnaroked Zemo. (Translation: Zemo’s previous appearance at MCU was removed in favor of his new personality as a sympathetic antihero.) It’s hard to buy when this is the guy the Avengers split in half, leaving the whole Earth unprepared for Thanos’ arrival. In a very real way, Zemo owns significant responsibility for “The Snap”.

But hey, look! Zemo works for the YMCA! Everything equalizes, right?

Zemo’s dancing as a cultural phenomenon was, like Thanos, inevitable. Just look at how the Internet has memorized so many Marvel characters over the years, a trend that has only intensified thanks to the MCU’s finding a streaming area that allows us easy and instant access to high-level GIFs. What is the basis of the obsession with turning people like Jimmy Woo or Darcy Lewis or – in the case of this show – Baron Zemo into Internet darlings? Is it simply as “the world outside our window,” as Marvel often puts it, so chaotic that we have to create our own chaos from the MCU? In that sense, of course, Dancing Zemo is great for internet culture. He laughs who we definitely need, and for his part, Marvel’s Kevin Feige is smart enough to know what it’s for.

He manages to laugh, of course, and that’s no small thing. But in context Falcon and winter soldier story and MCU in general? It’s hard to accept the idea that Zemo has just been mistaken for two of America’s classic captain’s best friends, instead of reaping the repercussions of his vengeful actions. It reduces the tension and breaks the reality of the MCU. He may not be a Power Broker, but there’s no doubt that Zemo is a villain – but it’s hard to think of him when Marvel just wants to let him go. dance.

There is no doubt about it: Zemo will return to criminal status by the end Falcon and winter soldier. But for now he is Lord Zemo, “let him rule.” Zemo has become an internet favorite so powerful that it may be too late to stop him. At least he hadn’t worked for Macarena yet. Once that happens? There is no going back.

Falcon and winter soldier is broadcast on Disney +.