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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.


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?