Baron Helmut Zemo was thirteenth in the line of the Zemo Barony. He grew up as the son of a former Nazi whom had fought Captain America in World War II. When his elderly father Heinrich died in battle with a revived Captain America years after World War II, Helmut Zemo sought revenge. Helmut started planning his actions against the Super Soldier and used and started using the alias “Phoenix”, which also came with a costume. After luring and battlling Captain America and the Falcon as Phoenix, Helmut fell into a vat of Adhesive X which seriously disfigured his face. He would return years later and assumed the family identity as his birthright.