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CBMB: The Russos Teased Secret Cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

By Muuka Muyumba

This may all be just a bit of fun by the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Joe and Anthony Russo, but during a recent talk about the film, they divulged that there was an unsung hero of the movie that had yet to be identified.

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When Nick Fury is being attacked in the streets, he gets the moment he needs to escape when a yellow Penske truck slams into his attackers. Later, when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, guess what hits him? Not just a Penske truck, but the Russos reveal, the very same Penske truck. “The man who drives that truck,” Joe deadpans, joking that the driver is a candidate for a future Marvel One-Shot, “Is very highly trained. He thinks on his own terms. He’s got a plan and a very specific skill set.”

Many around the web are speculating that this was a reference to Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, which is particularly interesting considering that one of the actors believed to be a great candidate, Frank Grillo, to play the role on screen, was already featured in CAWS as Brock Rumlow aka Crossbones.

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I am one who believes that Thomas Jane was an adequate Punisher in the first film, but suffered from an absolutely terrible script. Jane wasn’t that much of a fan of his film either, but loved the character so much that he reprised the role in a mysterious short film (below) that was cooler in 10 minutes than in any of the 2 hours of the original film.

Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight has preached that his show will be gritty and grounded in realism, suggesting that this might be the basis for Netflix/Marvel’s larger The Defenders series.  A great addition to this grounded realism might just be the gritty anti-hero The Punisher. I, for one, have believed that we just might see the vigilante as part of The Defenders series since he would be a challenging counter to the virtuous street heroes.

On the other hand, the Russos teased that The Punisher would be a great Marvel One-Shot subject despite the acknowledgment by Marvel that they were putting a hold on the One-Shot series. Were they giving us an obvious hint?