Bullseye was almost a hero.
The Marvel and Netflix collaboration series Daredevil was finally released today. The series was the first joint project between the streaming giant and the comic book publisher. Its success helped launch Netflix's Marvel shows, which include The Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron-Fist, and The Defenders. Now, Matt Murdock has returned for his third solo season and a new enemy has his full attention.
Bullseye leaps onto the scene as the most dangerous villain in Hell's Kitchen, and actor Wilson Bethel is happy to play him. Still, prior to being cast as Daredevil's arch-nemesis, Bethel was up for another role in the MCU. Bethel sat down with Comicbook.com to explain how he almost got to play Captain America, a role he lost to Chris Evans.
"I mean that was both, probably the single most exciting time of my life and also the single most devastating when it didn't happen," he began. "But, yeah, that was eight years ago now. They put me in the Cap suit and did everything. So, I screen tested it at Marvel with a number of other guys. They ended up releasing all the other guys... I was meeting with Joe Johnson to discuss the role and see storyboards. So, it was this insane period where during that time I kind of thought that maybe I was going to actually get the role. I actually screen-tested again a second time a month later on my birthday." Unfortunately for Bethel, the ex-Human Torch Chris Evans might have been a little more comfortable in the outfit.
"And then, I think it was like one or two days later that they made the announcement that Chris Evans got the part," Bethel continued. "So, to be perfectly honest, that was one of the hardest moments in my professional career. And it spun me out for a while to be honest with you. But I'm also a firm believer that things happen as they're supposed to, and obviously, Chris did an incredible job in that role. And my life, while it hasn't brought me to lead the Avengers, has been really rich and rewarding in other ways. So, I can't spend too much time lamenting it. And honestly, just the fact that things have kind of come full circle in a way, and I still get to be a dude in a suit, is pretty exciting."