Could Crossbones Come Back To The MCU? Here's What Frank Grillo Said

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dominating the world of movies, the films are not without their flaws. One of the most common issues in MCU films is their villain problem. Most of the movies contain a new villain that we don't really care about, who usually dies before the film is over. There are a few exceptions to this rule, as Frank Grillo's villain Crossbones has appeared in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. And though it seemed that Crossbones bit the dust during the first act of Civil War, actor Frank Grillo has another opinion.

During an interview with Good Morning America, the subject of Crossbones' apparent death was brought up, where the Purge: Election Year actor said the following:

You think he dies, don't you? Did you see the body? What did you see?

Oh hell yeah. It looks like Crossbones is going to be back to raise some hell in a future MCU film, most likely in another Captain America film.

The news of Crossbones' apparent survival is actually super surprising, considering the events of Captain America: Civil War. The opening sequence of Cap's third movie revolved around the New Avengers (Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch) stopping Crossbones from acquiring a biological weapon. In attempt to finally take out Captain America once and for all, the villain attempts a suicide bomb once Cap was in range. Wanda attempts to move the explosion, but ends up accidentally killing entire floors of Wakandan humanitarians.

During this quarrel, it truly appeared that Crossbones had killed himself, as the explosion he set off was pretty powerful. Additionally, the villain was never again seen or referenced throughout the rest of Captain America: Civil War's runtime. Considering Frank Grillo's role in the superhero flick was so small, it was widely believed that we wouldn't be seeing Crossbones again. Until now.

Having Crossbones return for another installment in the MCU could be really positive for the studio. While the MCU prides itself on serialized storytelling, the villains lack in their development and continuation within the universe. Sure, Loki is a strong entity, but he's one of the only villains who has returned for more than one adventure. If Crossbones were to make another appearance and we have more time to get into his psyche, he could become a strong point within the universe.

There's also the distinct possibility that Frank Grillo is messing with us, and trying to keep the fans off of Marvel's true intentions. After all, he was brought onto Good Morning America to talk about the latest installment in the Purge franchise, and was just forced into talking about Marvel in the process.

Frank Grillo can currently be seen in The Purge: Election Year which is now in theaters.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.