– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven time and again why they are still on top in this game of cinematic universes. However, that’s not to say that they’re absolutely flawless.

One criticism that permeated the franchise from day one has been their lackluster villains. They’ve gotten better over the years, killing less of their villains so that they may come back and fight another day, but they still tend to kill off far more villains than they should.

One such villains is Crossbones. He played a key role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and then came back in Captain America: Civil War. However, while the villain potential was strong for this baddie, he was killed off in the opening action scene of the latter film. Considering what he went through in The Winter Soldier, this seemed a bit like a waste to us, but he may very well be still be alive if we’re to read into actor Frank Grillo’s statement.

Speaking with Forbes regarding his involvement in the Purge franchise, Grillo said:

“…To some degree, I’m also a small part of the Marvel world, but to be a part of something like [The Purge], if anyone tells you that’s not a big deal, they’re lying. 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’m excited about that.”

As great of a character as Crossbones was, we can’t help but wonder what he means by this. When last we saw, Crossbones had literally blown himself up in a failed attempt to take Cap out with him. Luckily, Scarlet Witch was there to help. She kept Crossbones enclosed enough to send him up into the air, where he exploded into a nearby building.

With this in mind, it seems fair to assume that Crossbones is very dead. But of course, as the old saying goes, the only Uncle Ben stays dead in comics, and that spirit definitely seems to be carrying over to the MCU.

Do you think Crossbones is alive, and if so, how do you think he pulled it off? Let us know your theories down below!

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SOURCE: Forbes

  • elhonez

    There are so many ways this could go – early appearances in the 90s-retro Captain Marvel film (i.e. he’s still dead, but there are flashback appearance possibilities), he could have been a Skrull, he could have been dimensionally shifted instead of blown up, saved by the Red Skull with the tesseract at the last minute, anything really. Or Thanos could use the power of the gauntlet to make the heroes confront their greatest shames or failures – for example he could appear as a psychic phantom, tormenting Wanda.

  • Kronx

    At no point was Crossbones ever really much of an antagonist, so I don’t see the value in bringing him back. All he ever did was fail to capture/kill Cap/Falcon.

    Of course, his death led directly to the dissolution of the Avengers and made Cap a criminal, so in that sense he gets a partial checkmark in the W column.

    He could be in a flashback, but I don’t see that paying off much beyond, “Hey, I know that guy.”

  • Eric Anderson

    Let’s not forget the role that Crossbones plays in the post-Civil War narrative of the comics. I personally believe Cap will suffer the same/similar fate and Crossbone’s role in that would complete a subtle but important arc.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    With the Reality Stone anything goes right?

  • SaiyanHeretic

    Imagine if they do bring Crossbones back and he’s even more disfigured. It could even be sort of a running gag, that every time they think he’s dead, he comes back with more of his face missing, some prosthetic limbs, to show how inhumanly tenacious he is.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.