Unlike the regular human beings of our world, superheroes and their nemeses have a habit of not staying dead for long. On the pages of #Marvel and #DC Comics, death is kind of like a bathroom break — an annoying but necessary distraction, after which you come back feeling lighter and ready to continue eating. Sorry, I think I lost the metaphor there.
Even on the big screen, there's a kind of unspoken rule that death is anything but permanent if you inhabit a superhero universe. Look at Batman v Superman, for instance — the Man of Steel had barely been in the ground long enough for Bruce Wayne to decide he was entirely wrong about Superman and they probably should've been BFFs before the dirt was trembling on his coffin.
Which brings us neatly around to the #MCU and a certain #CaptainAmerica villain who died, ostensibly, in Civil War. Crossbones (Frank Grillo), the masked mercenary and HYDRA agent whose duplicitous reign of terror against Cap began in The Winter Soldier, returned for round two in the opening act of Civil War, only to go up in a ball of flames when the bomb inside his suit was activated during the Lagos street fight.
Speaking to Collider, here's what Grillo had to said when asked about the prospect of potentially reprising his role in a future Captain America movie:
"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 ... But, it’s time to move on. Don’t stay at the party too long."
In my opinion, Grillo has his head screwed on — Crossbones had a great arc in The Winter Soldier, and although not strictly necessary to Civil War it was still enjoyable to witness him receive the comeuppance he thoroughly deserved (even if the Avengers were implicated and put under a spotlight in the process).
Truth is, though, that bringing him back once again would stretch the credibility of a universe which, with Cap's last two movies, has gone to great efforts to become a little more grounded in reality, and a little less susceptible to typical comic book wackiness.
If the MCU is really in need of a HYDRA villain, a far better idea would be to finally revive the Red Skull, Hugo Weaving's Nazi scientist from The First Avenger. Red Skull's demise was slightly ambiguous, at least in the context of superhero movies (he effectively dissolved after handling the Tesseract), and there's nothing to say some ridiculous pseudo-science couldn't bring him back.
Then again, with #Thanos on the brink of completing his Infinity Gauntlet and both the government-certified and the fugitive Avengers preparing for war, it feels like Cap has bigger fish to fry right now than a crazed megalomaniac with a questionable German accent and hardcore sunburn. Infinity War begins shooting in Scotland next month and hits theaters May 4, 2018.
Would you be down for the return of Crossbones, or should the dead stay dead?