In comments that are either meant to titillate fans or give voice to an actor's desire for more work, Frank Grillo implied that we may not have seen the last of Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor played Brock Rumlow in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, and then returned as the evolution of that character (Crossbones) in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR earlier this year.
When we saw him last, it looked like Crossbones had fought his last fight, since he seemingly exploded during the intense opening sequence of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. But Grillo was recently quick to point out that Crossbones may have survived the blast.
"You think he dies, don't you? Did you see the body?," he asked ABC News with a smile. "What did you see?" He even points out that this isn't the first time people assumed Rumlow was dead, since he didn't exactly have an easy go of it at the end of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. "That happened last time. I'm not saying anything except that...you didn't see a body."
We probably shouldn't read too much into these comments, as they seem very unlikely. For starters, Crossbones is a Captain America villain and we have reason to believe that we won't be seeing Chris Evans in another solo movie for the foreseeable future. Secondly, Crossbones isn't a character that's particularly important to the greater MCU, so it seems far-fetched that they'd create a special "back from the dead" type of storyline for a character so seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of themes.
That said, it would be cool to see him return as a recurring mini-boss character if a deal ever got ironed out and more solo CAPTAIN AMERICA movies get made. He could be Jaws to Cap's James Bond in that way.
But, still, I wouldn't count on seeing Grillo back in action in another Marvel joint.
What do you think?