In the coda to Civil War in comic books, Captain America was shot and believed dead -- will that be the case for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie? Frank Grillo, who plays Crossbones in the film, says Cap won't die - at least not at his hands.
“The thing with Marvel is they don't always follow to the tee what the character did in the comic books,” Grillo told ComicBook. “They use him in different ways. You never know what's gonna happen. I know Crossbones in the comics kind of offs Cap at some point and we're probably not gonna see that happen. I'm not gonna kill him yet."
Even if Crossbones's ultimate goal is still up in the air, Grillo says he knew as soon as he was cast in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Marvel had plans to turn Agent Brock Rumlow into Crossbones.
"When we sat down with Marvel, they knew it was an origin story. They weren't quite sure where they wanted to take Crossbones but they knew they wanted Crossbones in some of these films but they definitely knew that that's where they were going with the character."
Grillo also said that he was immediately excited for the possibilities with the character.
"Before I got the job, I started doing some research and I was look, 'Oh, this guy's a bad-ass!' I don't know if I'm gonna live but I want to be that guy," Grillo explained. "I spoke to [Ed] Brubaker, who created Crossbones. He's a great dude and I got some of the back issues and stuff and read the origins of Crossbones and where he came from.”
As a note, Crossbones was actually created by Mark Gruenwald and Kieron Dwyer, though Ed Brubaker used him extensively in his run, which included the death of Captain America.
Grillo's take on Crossbones is as a man driven by one thing - revenge.
"Winter Soldier let off and I was in bad shape. I was just about to kill the Falcon - which is not hard. I think revenge is a big part of... Whatever Rumlow was feeling as far as being torn between which side he should be on, which I think he was, is gone now. I think he's out for one thing and one thing only and that's to revenge what's happened to him."
Still, despite his higher profile in Captain America: Civil War, Grillo is unsure whether he'll be back for further films.
"Unlike being Captain America or one of the other super heroes who are absolutely essential for the stories, you never know with the villains. They could use you, they could not use you, you know. You sign on for a few movies and if they wanna use you, I'm available."
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters May 6.