Frank Grillo managed to deliver a menacing and memorable performance as Brock Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, even against fellow antagonists in the Terminator-esque Winter Soldier and acting chops of Robert Redford. The film represented an origin story of sorts for the fearless Hydra officer and it ended with him almost being burned alive inside the ruins of The Triskelion (S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters).
Grillo hasn't been shy about teasing his return for Captain America: Civil War, even firing public messages at Chris Evans over Twitter to hype up their next onscreen confrontation and talking over the months of how he's getting in shape for the role and getting fitted for his real "Crossbones" costume from Marvel Comics.
We wouldn't be surprised to see Crossbones use different gear throughout the film but in this particular image, he's suited up in heavy armor with a mercenary mask featuring his crossbones markings from the comics. The most interesting features are the powered metal fist attachments, seemingly designed to wreck stuff (read: people) up close. Perhaps he uses it to even the odds against Cap in one-on-one combat?
"[The Winter Soldier] was only a taste of what’s to come with the next film, and I couldn't be more humbled and excited."
We do also know that Daniel Bruhl is playing Baron Zemo, another major villain from the comics who has a significant role to play as well, one that could span multiple films. Perhaps Rumlow a.k.a. Crossbones is working for Zemo this time around.
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Marvel Comics readers are aware of how major of a role Crossbones ends up playing during the conclusion of Civil War as someone who attempts to put an end to Steve Rogers. Crossbones also shares ties to other key Hydra villains including Arnim Zola and Red Skull (who gave him the codename "Crossbones"), both of whom can still resurface in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“CaptainAmerica: CivilWar” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “CaptainAmerica: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“CaptainAmerica: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “CaptainAmerica: The First Avenger”). The film returns Chris Evans (“CaptainAmerica: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/CaptainAmerica along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “CaptainAmerica: The Winter Soldier”) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (“CaptainAmerica: The Winter Soldier,” “CaptainAmerica: The First Avenger”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “CaptainAmerica: The Winter Soldier”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as The Vision, Jeremy Renner (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “The Avengers”) as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”) as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Godzilla”) as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.