‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: The Missing Zemo Scene That Never Made It From the Trailer to the Show

If there’s one thing Marvel knows how to do, it’s put out a variety of successful movies and shows that come together in some way while being uniquely their own in so many other ways. It’s actually incredible how well they’ve done in the past — most notably, what they’ve done so far with their new Disney Plus releases, including the highly anticipated Falcon and Winter Soldier.

Everyone’s talking about them, and we honestly can’t get enough. More recently, it’s Zemo’s missing trailer scene that has piqued some fan curiosity since the show’s finale. Fortunately, we just may know why it never made its appearance

‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ hit Disney Plus in mid-March

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Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes us six months into the future after Rogers passed along the mantle of Captain America to his friend and ally The Falcon at the end of Avengers: Endgame.  The series takes viewers on a long journey of good and evil with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes along for the ride. 

Sam takes on the challenges of accepting the shield and becoming the first Black Captain America, while Barnes struggles with his dark past as he attempts to make up for it in his role as Winter Soldier. The two superheroes struggle to navigate a world without Steve Rogers and with the two of them in it working together.

Meanwhile, a nasty force by the name of Zemo is back since his imprisonment at the end of Captain America: Civil War — teamed up with the Flag-Smashers led by Karli Morgenthau and determined to put a stop to superheroes for good.

The missing Zemo scene in the trailer we never saw in the show

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This missing scene that made it to the trailer but not the show was the only one we see the face to his narration in the first Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer — Zemo.

Dressed up in dark clothing and a baseball hat (typical disguise gear for someone not ready to be seen yet), Zemo is intensely watching someone/something as he leans against a glass frame. 

Fans have a lot to say about the deletion and have taken to a Reddit post to discuss its absence following the six-episode-long series that most Marvel fans completed right away. 

Some fan theories suggest it was, in fact, in the show — with some others agreeing it’s possible. “He’s wearing the baseball cap, which is the go-to [MCU] disguise, so I reckon this is a take of Sam giving up the shield to the museum that had him in it watching secretly.”

Another respondent, however, suggested it could be “an alternate take of when [SPOILER] he looks at Yori and Leah through the bar window,” which was a neat addition to the conversation.

Others were just bummed not to see the whole context of the scene — which means the marketing team did a good job fueling curiosity and interest with the trailer! Unfortunately, that might’ve been all it was for.

There may be an explanation for its absence 

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Although we haven’t heard any real response from Marvel Entertainment or their team, the explanation of its absence could be as simple as it was shot and delivered to the audience nearly six months before the show’s release, and it didn’t make the final cuts.

After all, a lot can happen in half a year to influence such a minor change to come about.

On the other hand, it’s also possible that it was only ever meant to be a marketing ploy to spark viewer interest — in which case, we say they’ve done a heck of a job considering we’re talking about it!

Either way, it’s safe to say the deleted scene didn’t ruin the overall success of Disney Plus’ highly anticipated release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — although we agree we would love to see some context to their original thought process behind the scene. It may be wishful thinking, but hey! Maybe if we talk about it enough, we’ll get some answers?