Wilson Bethel, who plays Bullseye in the upcoming third season of Daredevil, recently revealed that he came extremely close to becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America.
Iron Man was a huge hit critically and financially in 2008, so of course, every young actor in Hollywood jumped at the chance to audition for the role of Captain America. Many actors auditioned, from Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles to A Quiet Place‘s John Krasinski. One of the latest additions to that list of near-Captain Americas is none other than Daredevil season 3 actor Wilson Bethel. The actor plays the villain Bullseye in the latest season of Daredevil but it turns out that he almost joined the Marvel franchise almost ten years ago.
While plenty of actors auditioned for the role and got close, Bethel got so close that he actually met and discussed story details with Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston. Bethel discussed the process in a recent interview with ComicBook.com. This is what the actor had to say about how close he got to becoming Cap.
“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.”
Bethel went on to discuss what losing the role affected him and his career at the time.
“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.”
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding Daredevil season 3 and the MCU as more information becomes available. Do you think that Bethel would have been a great Cap? Aside from Evans, who else do you think would have been good in the role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.
Daredevil season 3 stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wilson Bethel, Jay Ali, and Lesley Ann Warren.
Daredevil season 3 will be released on October 19, 2018, on Netflix.