Arnim Zola Will Do More Science in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Monday, 21 January 2013 16:50 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Arnim Zola Will Do More Science in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Even though he's living as a man out of time in the 21st Century, Steve Rogers can still hang out with his old war buddies and non-buddies in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Among the non-buddies to make a return, we now know, is Arnim Zola, the HYDRA scientist played by Toby Jones in Captain America: The Avenger.

Jones himself confirmed his involvement in The Winter Soldier to Hey U Guys at the London Critics Circle Awards, where Jones won Best Actor on account of his performance in Berberian Sound Studio.

The Captain America series is just one of the franchises with which Jones has been associated.  He reprises the relatively small role of Claudius Templesmith in this November's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and he made a whole lot of people cry as Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter movies.

Just looking at the Marvel movie universe, though, let's fire up the speculation machine.  Zola, a Nazi scientist, survived World War II in the comic books and even lived on into the present day as a mechanical robot with Zola's consciousness.  As an astute fan pointed out at Comic Book Movies more than a year ago, blueprints for Zola's mechanized future were included as a quick easter egg in Captain America: The First Avenger.

So does that mean we'll be seeing an armored Arnim Zola wreaking havoc on contemporary New York in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?  Probably not.

More likely Jones will appear as Zola in a flashback relating to Bucky Barnes becoming the eponymous Winter Soldier.  When Cap rescues his friend from behind enemy lines in The First Avenger, he finds Bucky in a facility with some Nazi science going on.  As written by Ed Brubaker, Bucky ends up a brainwashed Communist operative with super abilities of his own.  The Winter Soldier will probably reveal that Zola did some tinkering with Bucky that allows him to eventually become a nemesis for Steve Rogers, his old buddy.

Chris Evans leads the cast as Steve, with Sebastian Stan also set to return as Bucky.  Evans reunites with his The Avengers co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Cobie Smulders, making this most SHIELD-intensive movie of Marvel's Phase Two.  Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo, meanwhile, are joining the franchise as The Falcon and Crossbones, respectively.

Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are planning to kick off production in March in order to meet an April 4, 2014 release date.

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