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Crossbones, in the comic books, is tough as nails pull no punches son-of-a-gun kind of character, one who has teamed up with the Red Skull as well as the Red Skull’s daughter from time to time to make the Avenger’s lives that little bit harder. He’s battled against the likes of Captain America and even had a hand in the First Avengers assassination following the events of Civil War.
The Crossbones in the MCU however, has not had quite a resumé.
In his first appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Frank Grillo brought the character of Brock Rumlow to the forefront, being one of the chief agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that were actually working against the best interests of Nick Fury and co.
He had a memorable fight with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon in the closing scenes of that movie, before being caught up in the destruction of the Triskelion building.
Of course, Rumlow’s body was pulled out of the building, scarred and burned a la the comic book Crossbones, meaning the transition would not be too far behind.
However, whilst Crossbones did make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, he appeared onscreen for roughly 10 minutes before, seemingly, being killed off again.
In a segment on Good Morning America, Grillo did mention how his character’s body was never seen after the explosion that seemingly killed him off – and that, ladies and gentlenerds, is Hollywood 101; if you don’t see a body, they aren’t really dead!
Grillo set it up for a potential return somewhere down the line, which would be great news for fans of The Purge star, who had previously stated in an interview with Collider;
“There’s nowhere for [Crossbones] to go, unless you’re Captain America or Iron-Man.
They were talking about it, but I was like, ‘You know what? I’d just rather not do it.'”
Since that interview, Grillo has spoken to Forbes, again teasing the return of Crossbones in a later MCU film;
“…there is some news that nobody knows yet, to do with my character, that’s going to be really interesting and I’m excited about that.”
Nothing has been confirmed from Feige and co. at this point, and there’s nothing thus far announced about Grillo’s inclusion in Avengers: Infinity Wars, or Avengers 4, but given the fact that the former of those movies will deal with the reality-altering Infinity Stone, anything is possible, even people being brought back from the dead.
For now, though, we’ll just have to trust that Grillo isn’t just teasing us about a potential return for the character because the MCU needs more decent villains and Crossbones is one of them that needs retribution.
He’s almost like the evil version of the MCU‘s Hawkeye.