Once upon a time, The Office star John Krasinski was in the running to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America in Marvel’s burgeoning cinematic universe, before Chris Evans notably took the role. Now, after five years and a handful of movies — including two Avengers flicks — it’s difficult to imagine what the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be like without Evans at the head of it.
But just because Krasinski didn’t land the highly-coveted role, that doesn’t mean his interest in superhero movies has waned. In fact, he recent stated that not only would he be interested in starring in a future Marvel movie, but also that he would love to take on Evans’ Captain America as a villain, considering that the two actors are friends in real life. But who would he play?
There is a plethora of characters — heroes and villains — whom Krasinski could potentially play in the MCU, and we’ve listed 15 of them below. If, however, Krasinski considered making the jump to DC Entertainment, we believe he would make a fantastic Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern — and, as far as we can tell, that position is still vacant. But for now, we’ll stick with Marvel as we tick off 15 Characters John Krasinski Could Play In The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
15. U.S. Agent
As previously mentioned, John Krasinski was originally one of the leading contenders to play Captain America, which makes him the ideal candidate to potentially play John Walker aka U.S. Agent in a future Marvel movie. Recently, Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed that Steve Rogers dropping his shield in Captain America: Civil War is his way of shedding the identity of Captain America — that means there is a chance someone else can take up the mantle of Captain America in the future.
U.S. Agent is essentially Captain America’s counterpart, though he is just as patriotic. Instead of being the embodiment of good, U.S. Agent is the embodiment of patriotism, someone who is more pragmatic than Rogers and is not afraid to blur the lines in order to triumph over his nation’s enemies. His patriotic devotion and overall effectiveness eventually led to him assuming the title of Captain America for a spell. U.S. Agent could possibly play one of several potential new Captain Americas, and having Krasinski would allow fans closure, seeing what Krasinski’s Captain America would have been like. He could even be a bad guy if Marvel were willing to play around with the source material a bit.
Audiences were first introduced to the intergalactic police force Nova Corps in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, represented by John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Peter Serafinowicz. Though they suffered great losses fending off Ronan the Accuser, the bulk of the Nova Corps were depicted in a comedic manner. However, that could all change with the inclusion of Nova.
If Richard Rider aka Nova were to be included in the MCU, it’s likely his origin would be changed to remain cohesive with the overarching narrative. After all, Rider becomes Nova as a result of the destruction of the Nova Corps, with Reilly’s character Rhomann Dey (the last surviving member of the Corps) appointing Rider as his replacement.
Although it’s unlikely that we’ll see Rider appear in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it’s possible that we could get some sort of hint indicating that he’ll appear in the inevitable Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. If that happens, then John Krasinski could very well be the frontrunner to portray the superhero, because he not only looks the part, but he also could exemplify that distinct Nova-charisma — the absolute eagerness to protect Earth.
13. Adam Warlock
If there’s one character that needs to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes take on Thanos and his precious Infinity Gauntlet, it’s Adam Warlock. Not only does the character play a vital role in The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries (which Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4 will likely be based on, at least in part), but he is also a pivotal character throughout Marvel’s cosmic universe — not to mention a prominent member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Adam Warlock has already been teased in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with James Gunn adding an easter egg (literally) for the character in the Collector’s museum in Guardians of the Galaxy. But there’s no telling if he’ll appear in the movie’s sequel, or in Avengers: Infinity War, though he certainly should. And the perfect person to play the famed superhero may just be John Krasinski. We need Adam Warlock, and Krasinski could bring that character to life in spectacular fashion.
12. Moon Knight
Nova and Adam Warlock are obviously two major characters that have a high chance of appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, one character that certainly needs to appear — and one that John Krasinski would undoubtedly portray phenomenally — is Marc Spector aka Moon Knight. He was once a U.S. Marine and former mercenary who was given a second chance at life and imbued with powers by the Egyptian god Khonshu, which he later used to fight crime.
The great thing about Moon Knight is that there are virtually limitless options. Krasinski could play the character in an upcoming season of the Defenders on Netflix, or in a future Marvel movie, or even in Avengers: Infinity War. He’s been everywhere and fought alongside countless heroes, plus he’s a master detective. Comic book fans have been waiting for Moon Knight ever since Marvel announced a solo TV series for the character ten years ago. It’s about time he showed up in the MCU.
11. Jack Flag
Of all the characters on this list, perhaps the one John Krasinski would be the most likely to play is Jack Flag. In fact, it’s a wonder why the character hasn’t yet appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like many superheroes, Jack Flag possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, and he is additionally a master martial artist. But what makes him a special candidate for Krasinski is his partnership with Captain America and the fact that he is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
As previously mentioned, Krasinski was in the running to play Captain America before Chris Evans eventually took the role, so having him appear in a future Marvel movie alongside Evans would make for an exciting story; Marvel fans would certainly enjoy it. After all, Jack Flag is just a guy from Arizona trying to do good in the world (and the galaxy). Plus, we know Krasinski would be able to personify that jocular personality Flag is known for having.
If none of the aforementioned characters appeal to John Krasinski, then perhaps he would consider playing one of the most intriguing and versatile characters in the Marvel Universe: Anthony Masters aka Taskmaster. As a mercenary, Taskmaster has been hired by numerous governments and organizations to train various heroes and villains (he doesn’t discriminate). In fact, he started off as an enemy of the Avengers, so perhaps we’ll see him show up in the future.
Why the Taskmaster hasn’t yet been introduced in the MCU is a mystery — and we’re not just talking about the movies. In the TV side of the universe, the government could hire Taskmaster to train incoming heroes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the heroes of Netflix’s Defenders series. However, Taskmaster is a character who would have ideally appeared in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it was discovered that Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., and had seized operational control of the organization, for he was once a S.H.I.E.L.D. sleeper agent working for Nick Fury.
Assuming Marvel actually has the rights to the character, he could be a fun fit for Krasinski.
As one of the newest characters on this list, Robert Reynolds aka Sentry has been rumored to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time, with the character supposedly getting a solo movie sometime in Marvel’s Phase 4 — although those rumors are still unconfirmed. Anthony and Joe Russo have made it abundantly clear that their upcoming Avengers movies will mark a fundamental change in both the cinematic universe and the superhero team. Could that mean we’ll be getting the New Avengers in the future?
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, there’s a chance Marvel could adapt a post-Civil War incarnation of the New Avengers — a non-government-sanctioned splinter team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — which could be led by characters such as Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange, as well as Sentry, who could obviously be played by John Krasinski. Until we see what the Marvel landscape is like post-Infinity War, this is all just wishful thinking.
If you remember, the villain in Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man was Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket. But, as with the villain in every other superhero movie ever released, he didn’t come out on top. Perhaps Reed’s upcoming sequel, Ant-Man and The Wasp, will take cues from Furious 7 and utilize the villain’s brother — in this case, William Cross aka Crossfire — as a potential opponent. This would be an ideal role for John Krasinski, for it wouldn’t require him to dedicate a substantial portion of his career to Marvel.
From what we can tell, Ant-Man and The Wasp currently doesn’t have a specified villain. Even if Crossfire won’t be the primary villain in the movie, that doesn’t mean he can’t be a fun secondary villain. Marvel hasn’t shied away from using multiple villains before (e.g. Captain America: Civil War). It would make sense for Crossfire to appear and attempt to avenge his brother, which would capitalize on a more personal story.
There is a long history of the name Captain Marvel appearing in comics throughout the ages — with Fawcett, DC, and Marvel — but nowadays the name is most commonly associated with the Marvel character Carol Danvers, who inherited the name from Mar-Vell, the first Captain Marvel, who made his debut in the Captain Marvel comics in 1967.
Marvel Studios already has a Captain Marvel movie in the pipeline (the studio’s first female-led superhero movie), with Brie Larson set to play the eponymous hero. Since it will likely be an origin story, perhaps the movie would benefit from having the original Captain Marvel aka Mar-Vell appear at least briefly — and that character could be played by none other than John Krasinski.
Krasinski’s performance in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours proves that he has the ability to portray a military hero, perhaps even one who is known as the Protector of the Universe. Additionally, there’s is no doubt that Krasinski would be able to pull off the look of Mar-Vell. This could just be the actor’s ideal MCU role.
6. Major Victory
People who have seen Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy may be inclined to believe that Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot were the founding members of the galactic team, but the thing is, they weren’t. In fact, one of the original members (and the original leader of the team) was Vance Astro aka Major Victory, a former U.S. Air Force pilot who was recruited into the government’s astronaut training program, which eventually led to him manning the first interstellar mission, appropriately named Project: Starjump.
Since we already have a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already, then perhaps Major Victory could be utilized as a character from an alternate universe, who could encounter this universe’s Guardians. After all, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has mentioned that his upcoming Marvel movie will introduce the multiverse to the universe, and that is something comic book fans would undoubtedly want to see. Plus, we would like to see Krasinski play Major Victory, since the character once hunted for the lost shield of Captain America.
Not every actor who thinks about taking up a Marvel role needs to play the hero; sometimes they can be the villain instead — and John Krasinski is the perfect candidate to play a number of Spider-Man villains. And since the wall-crawler has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s inevitable that he will receive a sequel (and perhaps a third installment, too). If a sequel does indeed happen (which it should), we would like to see the web-slinger take on villains we haven’t seen on screen before, even lesser-known guys like Hydro-Man.
Morris Bench aka Hydro-Man is a Spider-Man supervillain who gained the ability to manipulate water (think: Sandman, except with H2O) after being accidentally knocked overboard the U.S.S. Bulldog by the hero. Since he isn’t a prominent enough baddie worthy of taking on Spider-Man by himself, he usually teams up with other supervillains on teams such as the Masters of Evil and the Sinister Syndicate. Now wouldn’t that be something to see in the eventual Spider-Man sequel, with Krasinski, of course, portraying Hydro-Man?
Unlike with Hydro-Man, even the most casual comic book readers know of Spider-Man’s iconic and perennial enemy Carnage — something that can only be described as a merciless, barbarous version of Venom, since the two creatures were created from the same alien symbiote by bonding with human hosts. In the case of Carnage, the symbiote bonded with the psychopathic murderer Cletus Kassady — which only amplified his seemingly innate thirst for, well, carnage. Comic book characters’ names tend to be quite on-the-nose, so to speak.
Bringing Carnage to the big screen would certainly be a radical change of pace for Krasinski, who has typically played comedic and heroic types over the years. Additionally, going based on the movies we’ve seen Marvel release thus far, introducing Carnage into the Marvel Cinematic Universe may not align with the lighter tone the studio is known for having. Long story short, this is a long shot in every respect, but theres no denying it would make for an intriguing story arc, one that could push the MCU to the next level.
This is the last Spider-Man villain entry on this list, we promise. The thing is, we just couldn’t mention Carnage and Hydro-Man as potential characters for John Krasinski without mentioning Sandman, who is arguably one of the best Spider-Man villains of all time. He even has one of the most intriguing story arcs, having turned from reluctant villain to ally of both Spider-Man and the Avengers, although he tends to relapse back to his wicked ways.
Based off his performance in Bay’s 13 Hours, we know Krasinski is capable of giving an emotional, possibly tear-jerking performance, the type of portrayal that would be needed to bring William Baker aka Sandman alive on the big screen (a character previously played by Thomas Haden Church in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3). Again, as with Hydro-Man and Carnage, Sandman could potentially appear in a future Spider-Man sequel, perhaps as a member of the Sinister Six.
2. Michael Van Patrick
If the rumors surrounding Kenneth Choi’s character in Spider-Man: Homecoming are true — that he’s playing the grandson of his character from Captain America: The First Avenger, Jim Morita (one of the members of the Howling Commandos) — then there’s a chance Michael Van Patrick could show up sometime in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Michael Van Patrick aka MVP is the grandson of Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci’s character in The First Avenger), the founder of the super soldier serum that transforms an ailing Steve Rogers into Captain America. Gifted with superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and agility, MVP has been referred to as the perfect human specimen (a compliment Captain America should be familiar with).
Having Krasinski play Michael Van Patrick would make for an intriguing story arc, one that reminds the good Captain of his origins, similar to Rogers choosing to date Sharon Carter (the granddaughter of Agent Peggy Carter).
To the uninitiated, Ka-Zar may seem like a blatant rip-off of Tarzan, which he sort of is, but only to an extent. The fundamental history of Ka-Zar is rooted in the Tarzan mythology: the son of English nobles, Kevin Plunder aka Ka-Zar, is taken in and raised by the sabretooth tiger Zabu, after his mother died and his father was killed by Man-Ape natives in the Savage Land.
Although the character was first introduced in the mid-’30s, the version of Ka-Zar we think John Krasinski could play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the second incarnation, who first appeared in 1965. Krasinski would fit the role perfectly, judging by looks alone. But his acting skills also propel the likelihood of him playing the character.
As Lord of the Hidden Jungle, Ka-Zar has a rich history, one that could resonate with audiences, especially since his past bears some resemblance to Tarzan’s origin. Again, this one is a bit of a long shot, but it could be a hell of a lot of fun to see on the big screen.
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