Note, SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the comics (and possibly any sequels) below:
Frank Grillo seems like he's a pretty contented dude right now. Not only is he set to feature in the upcoming remake of The Raid, fresh off starring in the terrific Captain America: the Winter Soldier, but it looks like he might just be back for the next installment too.
Grillo played Brock Rumlow in the movie, one of Cap's more persistent (and belligerent) antagonists. Comic book fans will know, though, that Rumlow is far better known as Crossbones, and is one of the toughest opponents that Cap has come up against. From the sounds of it, we'll be seeing a whole lot more of him in Captain America 3 - possibly even with his iconic skull mask...
Speaking to Collider, Grillo revealed:
"I’m cautiously optimistic that you will see me in the not too distant future in the next installment of Captain America."
Which he followed up with a whole load of pretty solid reasoning behind that cautious optimism:
"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."
The only thing concerning Grillo?
"He needs a costume! Coincidentally it could be a mask with a crossbones on it."
Which means we pretty much know who we should expect to see as the villain in Captain America 3. This got us thinking, though, about who else we'd like to see return in the sequel - and just what we should expect from them.
And, since Grillo has already more or less confirmed his presence, let's start with:
Why? Well, he's probably going to be there whether we like it or not, so there's that. More importantly though, he's got the potential to be almost as bad-ass as Cap. I mean, almost:
How? Well, Brock Rumlow has a rich comic history for the filmmakers to draw on. Two particular things spring to mind, though. Firstly, the fact that he's inherently tied to The Red Skull, which suggests we could even see a reappearance of the big red bastard. Secondly, that whole thing where he shoots and kills Captain America.
What? Yup. That's totally a thing. It turns out that Crossbones didn't actually do it (it gets complicated from there, and involves a certain love interest lower down this list), and cap returned a year or two later, but still. Last, uh, shot of Captain America 3, anyone?
Batroc (and some other classic villains)
Why? Because Batroc (as played by Georges St-Pierre) was awesome:
Also, the next film could use a few more characters from Cap's extensive rogues gallery. Diamondback, a villain turned hero - and occasional love interest for Cap - could be a good addition. Either that, or Baron-freakin'-Zemo.
How? Well, since Batroc was totally working for Nick Fury all along, there's no real reason why he wouldn't be able to escape justice. A running joke where Cap beats him up at the start of every movie could be hilarious. Also, maybe some more of the humor inherent in the character?
What? Yup, Batroc in the comics is both an incredibly skilled fighter, and pretty much a complete joke. He's this guy:
Is it too much to ask to see a hint of that? OK, fine. Keep making your intelligent, well-crafted movies, Marvel. See if I care...
Why? Other than the fact that Emily Van Camp actually seems like decent competition to The Black Widow for Cap's affections? How about the fact that she's Peggy Carter's niece, and thus the closest thing to his lost love he'll ever find. Also, did we mention Emily Van Camp?
How? Sharon and Cap have a somewhat dysfunctional relationship in the comics. It's mostly the usual stuff: fights over who does the dishes, disagreements over visiting the in-laws, accidentally assassinating one another. The usual. Expect to see some of that.
What? The fundamental problem with their relationship is that they both have a tendency to get killed just as they're about to make things work. I'm not saying this has anything to do with the plot of Captain America 3, mind. But, y'know.
Why? Because Anthony Mackie is awesome, and so is the Falcon. Also, he's Cap's best friend. It'd be like an Iron Man film without an open bar.
I mean, seriously:
How? Well, they're pretty much partners now, so barring Bucky coming back off screen before the next film, that's pretty much just how the film's going to start out. Also, there's a lot of talk of Mackie getting to graduate to The Avengers, just like in the comics.
What? Yup. Watch out for that come Summer 2015. Increasingly Unwieldy Avenger Assemble!
The Black Widow (Vs Hydra)
Why? Well, aside from the fact that fan-favorite Black Widow doesn't seem likely to get her own stand-alone movie any time soon, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans' screen chemistry will surely see her return for the sequel. Also, the sheer quantity of ass-kicking:
How? With a bit of luck, she'll get to continue kicking that ass, but hopefully with a specifically Hydra-themed focus. Depending on what Cap's got going on, could a 'Black Widow and Hawkeye take on Hydra' sub-plot keep the action flowing for the first act or so? Until they eventually realize that a certain wintry soldier is doing much the same...
What? Yup, that's the bonus 'person we'd like to see', right at the end here. Honestly, if the film doesn't include Sebastian Stan returning as Bucky, i'll eat my red, white and blue cap with a shield on it. That whole Cap temporarily dying thing we mentioned above? That has a whole lot of significance for Bucky, and the suit he ends up wearing...
[Captain America 3](movie:994409) is currently set for release in May 6, 2016.