This past October, actor Wilson Bethel revealed that several years ago, when the Marvel Cinematic Universe was first starting to take shape, he was up for the role of Captain America.And as he tells it, he very nearly got the part.
With the release of Avengers: Endgame now upon is, Bethel tweeted for the first time in months to reveal a throwback photo that shows him sporting his Cap gear all those years ago, providing a glimpse of what might have been had things played out a little bit differently.
#TBT to that one time when—well, whatever...— Wilson Bethel (@WilsonBethel) April 25, 2019
It was a long time ago.
And I’m good now. Great even. Super f#%*ing duper. I don’t dress my dog up as Thanos & chase him around the house or anything. Nope. TOTALLY over it...
"#TBT to that one time when - well, whatever..." wrote Bethel. "It was a long time ago. And I'm good now. Great Even. Super F#%*ing duper. I don't dress my dog up as Thanos and chase him around the house or anything. Nope. Totally over it..."
"...NDAs expire, right?" he added in a follow-up tweet.
Of course, even though the role of Captain America ultimately went to Chris Evans, Bethel would find his way into the MCU yet. He appeared in the critically-acclaimed third season of Netflix's Daredevil as secondary antagonist Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (aka Bullseye), a role he has received widespread praise for.
Bethel himself has praised Evans' long-running performance as Captain America, explaining that losing the role was devastating at first, but worked out for the best in the long run. "The fact that things have kind of come full circle in a way, and I still get to be a dude in a suit [as Bullseye], is pretty exciting," he said previously.
Now available on Netflix, Season 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie, Wilson Bethel as Benjamin Poindexter, Jay Ali as Rahul “Ray” Nadeem and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.