Another ‘Captain America’ Star Casts Doubt On Their Return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Chris Evans said good-bye to Captain America in Avengers: Endgame, now there are even more casting changes in the works for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studio is preparing for the start of Phase 4 of the MCU, but Captain America star Frank Grillo has said he might not return as Crossbones. The announcement could open the door for Marvel to cast someone new for the role, yet fans are not convinced that the studio is doing a good job handling Cap’s villains.

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‘Captain America’ stars Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Chris Evans, and Frank Grillo | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Is Marvel done with Captain America and Crossbones?

Brock Rumlow, a.k.a. Crossbones, first appeared in the Captain America comics in the late 1980s. Mark Gruenwald created the villain, who quickly became one of Cap’s most popular antagonists with his impressive martial arts background and hand-to-hand combat skills.

In the MCU, Crossbones first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a Hydra agent. He enjoyed a brief cameo in Captain America: Civil War, though his confrontation with Cap led to his death.

Marvel brought Crossbones back for Avengers: Endgame when Cap traveled back in time with the rest of the Avengers to snag the Infinity Stones. Unlike most of Cap’s encounters with Crossbones, their scene in Endgame did not result in a fight.

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Given how Crossbones perished in Civil War, it seems like Marvel is done with the character. Considering the significant role he played in the comics, however, many fans are disappointed that the studio did not use him more in the MCU.

That said, there is a chance that Marvel will bring Crossbones back in future projects. Several upcoming movies and television shows will be exploring the multiverse like never before, a move that certainly opens the door for Crossbones to return (and perhaps play a bigger role than before).

Grillo sheds doubt on his return to the MCU

The only problem with bringing Crossbones back into the fold is that Grillo doesn’t seem interested in reprising the role. According to Screen Rant, the Captain America star recently revealed that he is taking his career in a different direction and has no plans to return to the world of superhero films.

“That’s not in my trajectory now. It’s not where my life is taking me anymore…” he shared. “My life and what I want to do is much different now, and I think I’m outgrowing that whole kind-of Marvel and superhero thing.”

Grillo is currently starring on Showtime’s hit series, Billions. He was also recently involved in the Netflix movie, Point Blank, and enjoyed an appearance in the crime thriller Black and Blue. Marvel has yet to comment on Grillo coming back as Crossbones.

Grillo reportedly has five more films on the contract he signed with Marvel, which suggests that the studio has future plans for his character. With Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) set to be the new Cap, Crossbones might have a future role in the upcoming Disney+ series, Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

While fans wait to learn more about Crossbones, some viewers are unhappy with the way the studio has handled some of Captain America’s biggest foes in the MCU.

Marvel takes heat over Captain America’s villains

Cap quickly became one of the MCU’s most popular characters following his debut in Captain America: The First Avenger. While Cap’s solo films have been successful, some fans have criticized Marvel for the way it has handled the character’s main villains.

Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), for example, is easily one of Cap’s biggest foes in the comics, yet he completely disappeared after The First Avenger. He did play a part in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, but only as a guardian of the Soul Stone.

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Crossbones is another example of a Captain America villain who did not reach his fullest potential in the MCU, as is Batroc the Leaper, who enjoyed a brief cameo in The Winter Soldier before falling off the map.

The good news is that Marvel is headed in the right direction in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series is set to debut one of the most important characters in the Captain America comics: John Walker, a.k.a. U.S. Agent.

But as far as Crossbones is concerned, it looks like it might be a long time before Marvel revisits the Captain America character if it does at all.

Marvel has not commented on the casting changes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.