Never heard of this guy before ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Frank Grillo isn’t exactly on the tips of filmgoers’ tongues. Long years in the acting business have given him the “oh yeah, THAT guy” kind of popularity. A few successful runs in recent films have elevated his status a few notches and we’re beginning to take notice. His turn as an MMA fighter in ‘Warrior’ gave him obvious fight cred. Obvious enough to be signed on as a foe for Captain America anyway. Not just any foe, either, Brock Rumlow, the man who would become ‘Crossbones.’ In his film debut, Rumlow was a secret agent of Hydra, who had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. for its eventual destruction. By the movie’s end, Rumlow was nearly dead. However, if Grillo’s multi-movie contract has anything to say about it, his character’s not going anywhere.
Crossbones is to Cap what Bane is to Batman. In the comics, he’s an enemy that will subsequently decimate the hero. We’re talking FUBAR here. Crossbones is a big, heavily muscled, fighting machine with guns and a ruthless disposition. He’s gone toe-to-toe with Cap on several occasions and done away with lesser heroes and baddies alike. He’s nobody to screw around with, and according to Frank Grillo during his interview with Collider, we’re going to see a lot more of him on film.
“COLLIDER: People loved you in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Are you looking forward to exploring your character more deeply?
GRILLO: Yeah. I have a multi-contract deal with Marvel. The movie was an origin film for that character. If you know the comic, he has a significant presence. So, knock wood. With Marvel, you can’t say very much, but I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll have some fun, in the next few Marvel movies.”
Multi-contract could be two to nine movies. I picked two because it’s more than one, making it a “multi.” I picked nine because that seems to be the maximum number Marvel tops out at when signing actors for these long-term deals. But he won’t be around for nine films, just saying. And also, the one-shot film that was being talked about back in February could help his character cut to the chase. For instance, how about a short story about his slow rehab under the tutelage of the Taskmaster? Let’s talk more about Crossbone’s criminal friends…
So what are we doing with all these films? A deeper examination of this deal unearths a few clues and provides us with theories. Rumlow is already a member of Hydra, but in the comics he worked directly for the Red Skull. Before that, he was a student of the Taskmaster – a man with incredible fighting skills and an uncanny ability to mimic anyone’s movements and style. He’s got affiliations with Baron Zemo and has teamed with different bad guys throughout his mercenary tenure, including a relationship with the Red Skull’s daughter. He would also become a member of the Thunderbolts – sort of Marvel’s version of the Suicide Squad. So that’s what we could be doing with all these movies he’s attached to: Crossbones is a magnificent bridge for future possibilities. His very presence in any Marvel film is the potential gateway for the introduction of a villainous new character.
Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Long-time fans of Marvel comics know all about the death of Captain America and how it ties in with the ‘Civil War’ storyline, The Winter Soldier, Tony Stark and Crossbones. The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be preparing us for their next huge arc, and it’s gonna be a doozy. The writing is on the wall. Here’s to speculation!
‘Civil War’ will bring the ever building animosity between Stark and Steve Rogers to a head, culminating in the Superhero Registration Act that divides our good guys into two teams: those who want their identities kept secret and those who will go public. The act is seemingly passed for the good of the nation, making super-powered beings accountable for their actions. Because, let’s face it, thanks for saving the world from Loki, but you totally wrecked New York in the process. And that’s gonna keep on happening over and over again. A byproduct of the Act will also make all heroes government operatives.
It’s an ugly approach to preserving the nation because it taints the concept of liberty and blames the good guys for just trying to help. That’s where Crossbones comes in: He kills Captain America. The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan (who has a 9-picture deal) will take over being Captain America while Chris Evans goes on vacation for a few years or whatever. You have to keep Crossbones around awhile if any version of Cap is to get some comeuppance. That means, Grillo will need to be around long enough for Evens to return to the role somehow. Anyone who can’t see how this is going to progress is either in denial or somewhere caring about things other than comic book movies. And I can’t say I blame them.
Can’t deny it though. Frank Grillo’s long-term contract is the most significant Captain America movie news to hit the press right now.
Via – Collider