Winter Soldier's Frank Grillo on his possible return as Crossbones in Captain America 3

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Jun 26, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Frank Grillo was such a total badass as Brock Rumlow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that the Marvel powers that be HAVE to have him back for the third entry in the franchise, right?

The awesome thing is, it almost definitely looks like it's happening!

True, it was a pretty battered and badly burned Rumlow we saw at the end of Winter Soldier, but at least the dude was still alive, if not actually kicking.

For those of you who know a bit about the Marvel character, you'll know that Rumlow — who turned out to be a sleeper Hydra agent who was part of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team — is also poised to become the villainous Crossbones.

So, will Crossbones make his (re)appearance in Captain America 3? Make that a "cautiously optimistic" yes.

In an interview with Collider, Grillo talked about the Marvel character and what the chances are for him to return, all guns blazing, in the third Captain America flick, saying: “I’m cautiously optimistic that you will see me in the not too distant future in the next installment of Captain America.”

Grillo also touched upon the possibility that he could appear not only in the Cap sequel, but also in multiple films:

Very early on the Russos said, ‘Look, this is an origin film for this character. We’re gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we’re gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here’s the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.’ And so we’ve had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it’s obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he’s still there. They don’t do that for no reason.

As for exactly how Rumlow should make his return, Frank Grillo had a very specific idea in mind as to how he should appear: “He needs a costume! Coincidentally it could be a mask with a crossbones on it.”

What do you guys think? Would you like to see Frank Grillo back as Crossbones in the next Captain America?

Captain America 3 is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016, but you can catch Grillo in The Purge: Anarchy on July 18.

(via Collider)