Daredevil’ star explains how Chris Evans almost missed out on Captain America


In an alternate reality within the vast multiverse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) might have taken a dramatically different turn if Chris Evans had never been cast as Captain America. Despite Evans initially passing on the role twice, it became iconic for him, reshaping the MCU as we know it. However, Marvel Studios had considered other actors for the role, and some of them found their place in the franchise elsewhere.

One notable actor who was in the running for Captain America and later made a significant impact is Wilson Bethel. Although he missed out on becoming the Sentinel of Liberty, Bethel’s journey in the MCU is not without its triumphs. Recently confirmed to reprise his role as Benjamin Poindexter/Bullseye in “Daredevil: Born Again,” Bethel made a lasting impression as the crackshot supervillain in the third season of the Netflix series.

In an interview with ComicBook.com in 2018, Bethel revealed that he was the runner-up for the lead role in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” He went through extensive screen tests, even donning the Cap suit and meeting with director Joe Johnson. The actor shared that it was both the most exciting and devastating time of his life when Chris Evans ultimately secured the part. Despite the disappointment, Bethel acknowledges that things worked out for the best in the end.


Reflecting on the experience, Bethel expressed that it was one of the hardest moments in his professional career. However, he believes in the notion that things happen as they are supposed to. Playing Bullseye in “Daredevil” allowed him to fulfill his dream of being “a dude in a suit.” While recognizing the incredible job Evans did as Captain America, Bethel embraces the richness and rewards of his own journey, finding excitement in the fact that he still gets to be a character in the Marvel universe.

Bethel’s portrayal of Bullseye in “Daredevil” showcases his ability to bring depth to complex characters, hinting at a promising Marvel career. While it’s challenging to imagine him embodying Steve Rogers with the same moral integrity and warmth as Evans, Bethel’s extensive TV career demonstrates his range. As he aptly puts it, the Sacred Timeline played out as it should have, and his Marvel journey, especially as Bullseye, might just be beginning.