With The Avengers: Age of Ultronhaving shaken up the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the upcoming Ant-Man set to close the door on Phase 2, Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: Civil Warwill usher in a new age of the MCU as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) face off over the issue of superpower regulations.
Civil War just entered production a couple of weeks ago and we already have a wealth of set photos showcasing the returning heroes about to enter the fray, along with some new faces joining the fight. So far, the most intriguing reveal has been our first good look at Frank Grillo suited up as the classic Captain America antagonist Crossbones.
With the Russos' Captain America: The Winter Soldier having served as an origin story of sorts for Crossbones a.k.a. Brock Rumlow, many fans expected Crossbones to not only appear with certain technological enhancements to face off against Captain America, but perhaps serve as one of Civil War's primary villains, if not the main one.
However, an Instagram post from Frank Grillo himself (via CBM) suggests that Crossbones' share of screentime in Civil War might be less than anyone expected. According to Grillo's post (below, sporting that scar-tissue eye makeup we've seen before), he may already be wrapped:
It seems unlikely that the Russos would set up Rumlow in The Winter Soldier to such an extent only to render him yet another one of Marvel's underdeveloped movie villains. If we take Grillo's post within the context of his saying farewell to the film's set in Atlanta - as called out in his caption - then this makes more sense overall.
After all, Crossbones attempts to assassinate Captain America toward the end of the Marvel Civil War comic book arc, an event which may haunt plenty of longtime fans as we look ahead to the 2016 Civil War film and the inevitable repercussions it will have on the two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo may prove to be more of an overall mastermind villain in the Winter Soldier follow-up, but Crossbones is traditionally one of Cap's most dangerous foes, and his cinematic counterpart has a huge score to settle. Superhero politics won't mean much in the face of Crossbone's need for revenge. Stay tuned for more news from the Captain America: Civil War set.
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.