With the arguable exception of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America (Chris Evans) represents one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from leading the Avengers and providing fans with a nearly pitch perfect adaptation of the iconic Marvel character, Cap’s solo films have had some of the biggest impacts on the MCU to date — ranging from the introduction of Peggy Carter in The First Avenger, to the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D in The Winter Soldier, and culminating in the coming war with Iron Man in Civil War.
Much of the success of the current on-screen Steve Rogers is largely due to the commendable efforts of actor Chris Evans. However, another actor almost answered the call of duty to don the vibranium shield: Jim Halpert himself, John Krasinski.
The Captain America thing was hilarious… I had so much fun doing it and got to wear the suit and screen-test and sign my life away that I wouldn’t tell anyone.
So from that sound of things, it seems that Krasinski definitely enjoyed the experience and wishes he could have proceeded with the role — but he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards anyone over it. As we all know the role eventually went to actor Chris Evans, who had previously ventured into the world of Marvel as Johnny Storm a.k.a The Human Torch in FOX’s Fantastic Four series during the mid 2000s. He’s appeared in no less than five Marvel Studios movies to date, with his sixth — Captain America: Civil War — set to hit theaters this summer.
As much as Chris Evans completely owns the role of Steve Rogers, Krasinski’s take on the character could have proven as a worthy alternative. Although Evans effortlessly inhabits the character’s strong will and sense of determination, it would have been equally interesting to see what Krasinski brought to the role. If his time as Jim Halpert on The Office proved anything, it’s that he has a quick wit and could have made injected some humor into Steve Rogers — who often finds himself the butt of most jokes. Regardless, as Krasinski himself put it:
Chris is a good friend and very good at what he does, so I was so happy to see him do it… Maybe now I need to play a villain and fight Chris… That’s what we need to do.
Given Krasinski’s recent work in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the idea of seeing him enter the world of the superhero action film doesn’t seem too far-fetched. Cap already has an incredibly deep bench of potential villains that have yet to be tapped into; Krasinksi possesses both the physicality as well as the acting chops to pull off any of them, ranging from lesser known villains like The Swordsman to the full-fledged return of Red Skull. As Disney has no plans to bring to Marvel Cinematic Universe to an end anytime soon it seems safe to assume that Krasinski may very well get his chance to play a major Marvel villain someday.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a villain role either, as Krasinski told Digital Spy:
“I’ll take a Marvel movie anytime. I love watching them, so I’d love to be a part of it.”
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Digital Spy