Nobody is ever really dead in comic books. As comic books have become movies, the same has proven true. That being said, some members of the MCU have seemed deader than others. This made it at least a little bit surprising to hear rumors that Frank Grillo's Crossbones might actually return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe down the road. If anybody in the MCU is well and truly dead, it seemed like Crossbones would be the one. Now, Grillo has clarified his previous statements so that everybody understands. There are no plans, he's aware of, that will see him back on screen. According to the actor...
Look, Marvel's awesome. I have a long-term contract with them and it's a superhero movie, you never know. I don't have any idea. I said that once before about two weeks ago and people jumped on that and thought I said Crossbones is back. No. That's ridiculous. But we'll see what happens. I'm not waiting for the phone to ring.
It's far from uncommon for an actor's comments to taken out of context or blown out of proportion over time as the internet game of telephone gets played with every statement. Frank Grillo has previously made it clear that he would love to see Crossbones return to the MCU, and the fact that these are comic book movies certainly, in his eyes, opens up an opportunity for the character to return if and when somebody decides to do it. Grillo has also stated that something involving Crossbones will apparently be happening in the MCU at some indeterminate point in the future. Grillo never actually stated that he was part of whatever was happening, and his comments to Metro now confirm that the actor has no expectation of reprising his MCU role at this time.
Frank Grillo does say he has a long-term contract, so if anybody at Marvel does decide to bring Crossbones back, Grillo will be there. The contract itself shouldn't be taken as a sign of anything. Odds are it was signed just to make sure that possibilities were left open, and not because of any specific plans. It's possible, even likely, that nobody knew during Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Crossbones would get blown up during Civil War.
It's true that we were all a little surprised to see Crossbones reach such an (apparently) definitive end in Captain America: Civil War. Not only did he blow himself up at the beginning of the movie, he did it in front of people. Normally, those that return from death in comics have much more nebulous deaths, to begin with. Bucky fell off a train and his body was never recovered, so seeing him come back made at least a bit more sense.
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