(Warning — the following contains major SPOILERS for the Civil War comic book crossover event, which may in turn translate into SPOILERS for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, as long-time Marvel fans will likely recall, 2005's soon-to-be-adapted-into-a-major-motion-picture crossover event, Civil War, featured one of the biggest plot twists in comic book history — one that, for a little while at least, shook the Marvel universe to its very foundations. That twist?
Captain America was shot, and apparently killed, after handing himself in to the authorities at the story-line's conclusion. The actual circumstances of the shooting were a little convoluted (Cap's long-time love interest Sharon Carter was brainwashed by The Red Skull and Dr. Faustus into doing the deed, while Crossbones acted as a distraction), and Cap soon turned out to have not actually died, but for a little while there, the plotline was front page news.
And, as such — and as the most famous element of the Civil War storyline — many of us have long been expecting Marvel Studios to incorporate some variation of the killing into the soon-to-arrive Captain America: Civil War, the company's loose adaptation of the comic book plotline.
From the sounds of it, though...
Captain America WON'T Be Dying in 'Civil War'
That, at least, is what Frank Grillo — Brock 'Crossbones' Rumlow himself — recently revealed to ComicBook.com at the Wizard World New Orleans Comic-Con:
"The thing with Marvel is they don't always follow to the tee what the character did in the comic books. They use him in different ways. You never know what's gonna happen. I know Crossbones in the comics kind of offs Cap at some point and we're probably not gonna see that happen. I'm not gonna kill him yet."
Which, while it might just conflict with the film's co-director Joe Russo's teasing suggestion at the same convention that...
"We may or may not have filmed that scene, though."
...would actually make a lot of sense.
After all, the power of that moment in the comic books was both that nobody saw it coming, and that Cap had been the heart of the Marvel universe for decades.
And if you want to get that same reaction in the MCU, it really isn't Cap that you need to kill off...
What do you think, though?