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It has long been said that death is seldom permanent in the world of comic books, and that mentality definitely tends to translate to comic book movies, as well. Characters who perish in the line of duty have a habit of coming back time and time again, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a prime example of that phenomenon. Now it looks like that tradition may not slow down anytime soon, as Captain America: Civil War actor Frank Grillo recently opened up and admitted that Crossbones might not be finished in the MCU. The Purge: Election Year star explained:
It's great to be part of Marvel too, and I have three boys who are fanatical about Marvel, and I was surprised not too long ago because there is some news that nobody knows yet, to do with my character, that's going to be really interesting, and I am excited about that.
It would be hard to deny that seeing Crossbones (who initially debuted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) come back for a proper sendoff could be a good thing for many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character's presence in Captain America: Civil War was teased (primarily through leaked set photos) as a major aspect of the film's narrative; still, he found himself unceremoniously blown up only a few minutes into the movie's story. Crossbones is a major Captain America villain, so seeing the deep cover Hydra operative return for one more adventure would definitely satisfy a portion of the fanbase.
The return of Crossbones could also be notable for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Univers because of his importance to Cap himself. Crossbones' biggest claim to fame in the pages of Marvel Comics arguably is his murder of Steve Rogers in Mark Millar's Civil War arc -- which obviously didn't happen in the film adaptation of the story. With Crossbones now potentially coming back, that plot point could now be back on the table as a viable direction for the MCU.
Of course, it is worth remembering that Frank Grillo's comments to Forbes are vague enough to mean a number of possibilities. The general assumption to make based off of these remarks is there is still a future for Brock Rumlow to return on the silver screen, but Marvel's reach definitely extends beyond its films. With an entire pantheon of video games, TV shows, and even amusement park rides to introduce Crossbones in, a movie is not the only avenue to use Grillo at this point.
At this stage, it is anyone's guess as to whether or not Frank Grillo will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Brock Rumlow. For now, we can confirm that his arch nemesis, Captain America, will return in The Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, 2018. For more information on all of the most highly anticipated silver screen debuts, as well as our movie premiere guide.