I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty psyched to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The previews are great, the early reviews have been really encouraging (and made it hard not to read spoilers, but I’ve done it), and it just looks like a fun ride.
Since I firmly subscribe to the theory of sequels we talk about at work on a regular basis — namely, that movie studios are going to keep doing them as long as we keep going to see them — it’s safe to say that if this Cap outing does well at the box office, a third movie is definitely in the cards. In fact, brothers Joe and Anthony Russo have already confirmed they will direct another Captain America movie after this one.
Marvel has done a good job drawing from famous Captain America stories without doing straight adaptations, and you’d expect that to continue going forward. But who should Steve Rogers face off with next time since the Red Skull and Winter Soldier have already been in the mix?
We’ve got a few ideas, but first, I want to address one guy who would make the list except for one thing …
Why no Crossbones?
Crossbones should be in everyone’s list of top five Captain America villains. He’s got a great look, is tough and vicious enough to provide a physical challenge, and he’s got direct connections to the Red Skull. In the movies, he’d be a great tool for the Skull to harass Rogers from beyond the grave. That is, if he’s actually dead!
Here’s the thing, though: we know that Frank Grillo is in Captain America: The Winter Soldier playing Brock Rumlow, which is the secret identity of Crossbones in the comics. He’s supposed to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, so either they’ve made him a good guy or there’s a swerve in there and Crossbones is actually in the second movie in some capacity.
Again, I haven’t read any spoilers, so I’m not sure. Just rest assured that I haven’t forgotten about the guy in the white skull mask, he’s just out on a technicality.
To find out who did make our top five, click on the arrows and read on!