MCU has a long list of projects in hand. With Ragnarok out of the pipeline, it’s Black Panther Infinity War. But soon after that its going to to be Phase 4 in full swing. The first project to grace MCU’s phase 4 is Avengers 4. And if rumors are to be believed, it’s not just Thor’s long blonde locks that are set to return. Frank Grillo aka Crossbones – the evil hydra henchman in Captain America: Civil War and The Winter Soldier will return to be a thorn on the Avengers’ side again.

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Robert Downey Jr. sent out a new photo on Instagram which showed his Marvel co-stars ScarJo, Mark Ruffalo along with Frank Grillo putting on the Our Town play for a one night Atlanta theater production. Does this mean Grillo will return as the demented hitman in the upcoming movie? It’s all speculation on our part.

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Grillo wasn’t given much screen time in either of the MCU movies but he was fortunate enough to make the most out of his limited screen time, leaving a mark among fans too big to ignore. Is that the reason Marvel wants to bring him back to the fray? In Civil War, Crossbones is on the run from The Cap and company where he gets captured. As a last ditch effort he activates a bomb and threatens to take nearby civilians with himself. Scarlet Witch is able to shield everyone but Crossbones from the explosion who seemingly dies in the aftermath. Though Grillo’s would’t be the first character to return form the dead in MCU, how he would be brought back from this rather explosive death is food for thought.

Although fans woudd like to hope for the best, the reason Grillo is a part of the play could be one among many. Nonetheless, people of Atlanta are in for quite the performance with so many Marvel core characters ready to perform in the Atlanta Fox Theater.

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It’s not just Grillo who is rumored to be returning. Ty Simpkins, the cute and cunning toddler in Iron Man 3 is all but confirmed to make an appearance in Avengers 4. Neither news has been confirmed by Marvel Studios so we will have to wait for an official announcement.

Avengers 4 is set for a release date of May 3, 2019.