With the release of Daredevil season 3 on Netflix, we will get to see Wilson Bethel take on the role of Bullseye in the Marvel series. However, if things had gone just a bit differently, he might have joined the Marvel family years sooner as a certain Star-Spangled Avenger.
This was during the casting search for the role of Captain America in his film debut in the First Avenger. Right after the success of Iron Man, almost every able bodied actor had designs on the coveted role. This included such actors as John Krasinski and Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles. Bethel discusses his casting journey with ComicBook.Com:
I mean that was both, probably the single most exciting time of my life and also the single most devastating when it didn’t happen. But, yeah, that was eight years ago now. They put me in the cap suit and did everything. So, I screen tested it at Marvel with a number of other guys. They ended up releasing all the other guys… I was meeting with Joe Johnston to discuss the role and see storyboards. So, it was this insane period where during that I kind of thought that maybe I was going to actually get the role. I actually screen-tested again a second time a month later on my birthday.
With apparently most of the competition being passed on, Bethel was beginning to feel like he might have the role until…
And then, I think it was like one or two days later that they made the announcement that Chris Evans got the part. So, to be perfectly honest, that was one of the hardest moments in my professional career. And it spun me out for a while to be honest with you. But I’m also a firm believer that things happen as they’re supposed to, and obviously, Chris did an incredible job in that role. And my life, while it hasn’t brought me to lead the Avengers, has been really rich and rewarding in other ways. So, I can’t spend too much time lamenting it. And honestly, just the fact that things have kind of come full circle in a way, and I still get to be a dude in a suit, is pretty exciting.
How do you think Wilson Bethel might have done as Captain America? Could he have brought to the part something different than Chris Evans? Share your thoughts about the possibilities with us at GVNation. Oh, and make sure you catch the 3rd season of Daredevil on Netflix.
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