Frank Grillo has landed the role of the villainous Crossbones in Marvel and Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." A key villain in Captain America's rogues gallery, character debuted in 1989 as Brock Rumlow, a leader of the Savage Crims gang in New York's lower East Side before joining a school for criminals and later becoming a henchman of the Red Skull under the code name Crossbones.
Hmm. A few things of note here: Variety also says that Nick Fury and Maria Hill will be making appearances in Captain America 2, which also fits in with the rumors that SHIELD agent Sharon Carter, Peggy's niece (grand-niece now, maybe?) will show up to be Cap's new love interest. My question is whether the inclusion of Crossbones means the movie can get away with not having Red Skull in it, especially since Hugo Weaving has no desire to return to the role. Admittedly, since the character has a shit-ton of make-up on you don't necessarily need Weaving anyways, but I wonder if Marvel will give Skull a rest -- maybe leave him for a post-credits scene or something -- and bring him back for the third movie. Thoughts?