If you’ve had the pleasure of watching ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, you probably noticed actor Frank Grillo, who portrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Brock Rumlow. Agent Rumlow leads the S.T.R.I.K.E. team, but early on in the film, it is revealed that he is a double agent for Hydra. In the Marvel universe, Brock Rumlow eventually becomes a super villain named Crossbones.
Frank Grillo has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel, and in an interview with Collider, he had this to say about Brock Rumlow and the emergence of Crossbones:
“I mean, I’m cautiously optimist that you will see me in the not too distant future in the next installment of Captain America…”
Grillo also discussed Crossbones’ origin story:
“Very early on the Russos said, ‘Look, this is an origin film for this character. We’re gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we’re gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here’s the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.’ And so we’ve had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it’s obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he’s still there. They don’t do that for no reason.”
The actor also had this to say about the possibility of the comic’s version of the costume:
“He needs a costume! Coincidentally it could be a mask with a crossbones on it.”
Crossbones is known for his brutality in the comic books, and even carried out an assassination, of sorts, on Captain America. Could this be the direction that Marvel is taking the Captain America story? Winter Soldier had a much darker tone than the first film, and if Marvel Studios stays that course, Captain America 3 could be very dark, with the possibility of the infamous “Death of Captain America” storyline.
All signs are pointing to darker times for Captain America. With Crossbones coming on board, and Bucky Barnes revealed to be alive in the Winter Soldier, the next Captain America movie could be grim…very grim indeed.
I loved the ‘Death of Captain America’ story-arc, it brought a very dark and realistic tone to the comics. If the movies are in fact headed in that direction, then we are about to see Marvel take a much darker tone…and I’m okay with that.
What are your thoughts as to the possible direction that Marvel is taking Captain America in? What is your favorite Captain America storyline? Let me know in the comments section below.