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(WARNING: The following contains moderate potential plot SPOILERS for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming — including some official discussion of one of the film's villains. Proceed with whatever level of caution your supremely heightened spider-sense suggests to you is wise.)

Now, of all the iconic villains that might surprisingly turn up in and ' upcoming , it's unlikely that Brock "Crossbones" Rumlow was high on many fans' lists. Rumlow was, after all, last seen attempting to kill Cap and co. back in Captain America: Civil War, and dying in the process. Surely, then, we're far more likely to see a hint of pretty much any other Marvel villain than the distinctly deceased (and not especially -affiliated) Crossbones?

And yet, as it turns out:

Crossbones Is (Sort Of) Heading To 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', Despite Being Dead

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' [Credit: Marvel Studios]
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Y'see, according to Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll, it seems that while Crossbones may be gone, his legacy hasn't entirely been forgotten. Indeed, as he put it during an interview with CinemaBlend:

"One of the guys on [The Vulture's] team goes by The Shocker, which Toomes make fun of him for. 'What is this, Pro-Wrestling?' I think this is another really cool interpretation of a pretty classic costume. He's got these insulated, yellow arms, like the Shocker in the comics. And that gauntlet, you'll recognize from the beginning of 'Civil War.'"

Specifically, it seems, we'll recognize The Shocker's gauntlet from a certain Mr. Rumlow's murderous escapades in Lagos at the start of Civil War. Or, as Carroll put it:

"It's what's Crossbones is using to kick the shit of Cap in that prologue. They scavenged it from the battle in Lagos, and made a couple of upgrades, so that it's not a pneumatic punch machine. It also delivers a pretty hefty jolt when it connects, as well."

All of which is a) a neat nod to the previous movies, b) extremely bad news for Spidey, and c) precisely the sort of thing that Brock Rumlow is going to be extremely mad about if he ever somehow gets revived (by, say, long-term comic book employer and perennially rumored returnee The Red Skull).

Nicely played.

What do you think, though? Do you reckon we'll ever see Crossbones actually return to the MCU? Let us know below!

(Sources: Cinema Blend)


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