It is hard to believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already eight years old – and so far, Marvel Studios has done a stellar job with casting. Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have become synonymous with Iron Man and Captain America, respectively, and each of them have made multiple appearances in the MCU so far. While they are arguably the biggest stars of this cinematic universe, both were not the obvious choices to get the parts beforehand. Jon Favreau had to fight to get Downey approved, and Evans was coming off having played Human Torch in Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films in the 2000s – making it difficult to want to see him in another superhero movie.
Although both Downey and Evans got their respective roles in the MCU (and the rest is history), at one time Evans was on the outside looking in with John Krasinski being a top contender for the role of Steve Rogers, instead. Krasinski has talked about his Captain America audition process before, but now he has “blamed” (tongue firmly in cheek) Chris Hemsworth for him not getting the role.
Krasinski was recently a guest on Conan and O’Brien asked him about how the audition went. He continues to praise the work that Marvel Studios has done, but when he was doing a screen test for the role, it was not the suit or contract that made him not want to be a superhero. Instead, an untimely pass by Hemsworth made Krasinski realize he was not yet cut out to be Captain America:
It was a big deal for me, because first of all I love those Marvel movies. I love superheroes. I love imagination. When they asked me to test they actually allowed me to put on the suit. I was on a set, it was all very interesting. I feel like as I’m talking about this someone from Marvel is going to [spit noise] just dart me, I’m not allowed to talk about it at all. The only bummer of it was I was putting on the suit, just watching it like ‘This is so amazing,’ and I got to right about my waist, I was still shirtless, feeling pretty good about myself. I wasn’t 13 Hours yet but I felt pretty good and all of a sudden Chris Hemsworth walks by as Thor and he’s like ‘Hey mate,’ and I went ‘I’m good. This is stupid. I shouldn’t. It’s okay, I’m not Captain America. It’s fine.’
Evans has been a perfect Captain America so far, so it is hard to get too upset that Krasinski did not get the role – though something else may yet be in store for him in the future. At one point, he was rumored to be up for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, so the interest in him joining the MCU is clearly mutual. If they do not have a hero for him to play, he is also open to playing a villain, especially one that battles Cap.
If the interest is high enough, there should be the chance for him to join the MCU in due time. His wife Emily Blunt has been considered for multiple roles as well (Black Widow and Captain Marvel possibly among them), so maybe he is waiting for them to find a role for her, too. Either way, he certainly showed he could get in superhero shape in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, but now he may not have much free time on his hands – with his Jack Ryan TV series having been picked up by Amazon. He may never join the MCU, but we can only hope Krasinski gets another chance.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on VOD September 2, 2016, and DVD/Blu-ray on September 13, 2016.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.