Over the weekend, a few cast members from Captain America: Civil War, along with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, made their way to the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con. While there, they revealed a few interesting tidbits, including how they plan to unite the MCU with Avengers: Infinity War, if we’ll see Wakanda in the film, and the possibility of one of the iconic comic book moments making it into the film adaption of Civil War.
While there, Comicbook.com was able to speak with Grillo outside of the panel, and they got him to open up a bit about Crossbone’s part in Civil War, as well as what he thinks about Jon Bernthal playing Frank Castle, aka the Punisher – a role he once showed interest in at one time.
As you all know, Grillo made his first appearance as Brock Rumlow in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film that left his character in bad shape at the end. While Rumlow was one of the villains of the film, having been revealed to be a Hydra agent all along, he wasn’t the main villain of the film – that title belonged to both Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and Hydra as a whole. Going into this film, however, that will change as Rumlow fully transitions into Crossbones. When asked if this was something he knew would happen prior to signing on with Marvel, Grillo explains that he knew – to an extent – what they’d had in mind for the character.
“Yes,” Grillo says, “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.”
He also confirmed that he’d not only done his research before he got the part, but that he’d spoken to Ed Brubaker – the man who created Crossbones – for some insight.
“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 explains. “I spoke to Brubaker, who created Crossbones who’s a graat dude, and I got some of the back issues and stuff and read the origins of Crossbones and where he came from. The thing with Marvel is they don’t always follow to the tee what the character did in the comic books. 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.”
When asked what we can expect from his character in his second appearance, Grillo promised that we’ll see someone driven by revenge.
“Winter Soldier let off and I was in bad shape,” says Grillo. “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.”
We’re still a bit away from the release of Civil War, so it’s hard to know for sure what Crossbones’ fate will be at the end of the film, and Grillo isn’t exactly willing to divulge that information for the time being. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t see him pop up again. When asked if it was possible he’d return at some point, Grillo indicated that it’s really up in the air for now.
“Unlike being Captain America or one of the other super heroes who are absolutely essential for the stories, you never know with the villains,” he says. “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.”
Of course, as great as Grillo is as Rumlow, and will likely be as Crossbones, let’s not forget he once hoped to play the Punisher within the MCU. That part, however, ended up going to actor Jon Bernthal when the character was brought in for season two of Daredevil on Netflix. Asked what Grillo thought about the casting, he was fully supportive of Bernthal getting the part.
“Let me tell you, he’s a bad-ass,” Grillo says of Bernthal. “He’s a bad-ass actor. I was with him yesterday, he’s a bad-ass dude. He’s a fighter and he’s a good actor and he’s gonna do it right.”
Captain America: Civil War will hit movie theaters on May 6th, 2016.