If you thought that minor Captain American villain Crossbones’s story ended when the baddie exploded into pink mist after setting off a suicide bomb at the beginning of Civil War then, uh, you were right. Dude is super, super dead. Actor Frank Grillo confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning to the MCU as Brock Rumlow, which makes sense since we literally all saw him die in a very non-survivable way.
Grillo, who is probably best known for his role in The Purge film series, was speaking to Collider about his MMA drama, Kingdom, when he noted that he wouldn’t be appearing in any future Marvel movies. If, Grillo said, Purge creator James DeMonaco came up with a good idea for another movie, he might reprise that role. “Otherwise, I think I’m done,” he said. “Same thing with Captain America.”
There’s nowhere for it to go, unless you’re Captain America or Iron Man. They were talking about it, but I was like, “You know what? I’d just rather not do it.” I’m so appreciative and grateful to have been a part of something that big. I’m appreciative of The Purge. It’s become a part of the lexicon and the zeitgeist knows what it is, so that’s been fun. But, its time to move on. Don’t stay at the party too long, or you get knocked through the ropes.
So, we have to take Grillo’s word for it, but if he’s to be believed, Marvel was talking about bringing him back to the MCU at some point, but he said no. This is interesting, because the last time audiences saw Crossbones, he was obliterated by a massive explosion inside of one of Scarlet Witch’s magic bubbles.
Sure, there’s lots of precedent in comics for people coming back to life, but it would seem that Crossbones is staying dead in the films, as if that was ever in doubt.