Blink and you’ll miss actor Frank Grillo (End of Watch, Warrior, The Grey) as Brock Rumlow in the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer. The character is better known as Cap villain Crossbones. In the trailer it seems Brock is a full fledged member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since he’s shown in the opening scene working alongside Cap and Black Widow. This working relationship doesn’t last long as he’s also seen in the elevator scene getting his ass-kicked by Cap. Will he make the jump to supervillain in the film?
However, this is actually our first real look at the character. There is talk that Brock undergoes a transformation turning him into Crossbones but that hasn’t been confirmed. If that aspect of Brock is true it would make sense Marvel might want to use him for future installments. Other well known Cap villains such as Baron Strucker, Madame Hydra and Baron Zemo have yet to make an appearance in the franchise. The studio might want to use the iconic villains sparingly since they’ll want more movies. We haven’t heard of talk about Captain America 3 but with this amount of buzz from the trailer it could help it’s chances. Winter Soldier and Dr. Zola at this point have been confirmed as the film’s villains. I assume there could be more villains within S.H.I.E.L.D but Winter is currently the only one that can toe-to-toe with Rogers. Not to mention that villain Batroc The Leaper played by Geroges St. Pierre hasn’t showed up yet. Rumlow would need a similar transformation to be formable unless he’s brought in as villain for Black Widow.
One aspect that hasn’t often been mentioned is that Crossbones is a member of the Thunderbolts. A team made of criminals and supervillains started by iconic Captain America villain Baron Zemo. Zemo at one point was mentioned for the film during it’s casting process but that rumor hasn’t surfaced since. There is also the possibility a Thunderbolts film is in the works over at Marvel. James Gunn (Super, Slither) has talked about a desire to make a Thunderbolts film. Considering how anticipated Guardians of The Galaxy is I don’t doubt Marvel will mull it over.
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