The former MCU star just admitted he was wrong, initially turning down a role in Avengers: Endgame.
Marvel Studios’ fourth film, The Avengers, featured the largest cast in the history of the comic book franchise, and was the culmination of both Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga. The finale featured both new stars and brought back several key players from previous films.
Many of these older actors appeared during The Avengers‘ Time Robbery, which took place in three different time periods and included views of the events of The Avengers, Thor: The Dark Kingdom, and beyond.
But part of the New York scene almost didn’t show up, as one MCU veteran recalled a time when he wasn’t planning on returning to his memorable role.
Frank Grillo almost didn’t return to the role of Crossbounce in Avengers: Endgame. Brock Ramlow was part of the STRIKE team that lifted Loki’s scepter. The actor hoped that Crossb bounce would make more appearances in the MCU. But he also admitted that he “acted like a fool” by initially refusing the cameo:.
Crossbounce was supposed to be much bigger. I was the only character that I felt should have been bigger, and those other idiot characters are still out there. I was a fool, a little cranky.
Eventually, Grillo’s son was the reason he reversed his previous decision, recalling how much he enjoyed the time spent on set:.
He said, “This is going to be the biggest movie in the world”, and he was right. And I had a great time. They were celebrating their 10th anniversary, and Stan Lee was there, and I stood up and said, “What a fool I am!”.
Speaking to ComicBook about it in March 2021, Grillo explained that he was angry about not returning to the role fully, as he “signed [Marvel] to seven movies” after appearing in only three.
When Marvel asked him to return for Avengers: Endgame, he was adamant in his refusal to appear in the film, as he felt anger at not being able to do more in the franchise.
But Grillo eventually realized he made the right decision by returning to the cast of Avengers: Endgame.