Wyatt Russell Opens Up About Playing A Different Captain America In The MCU

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Source: Marvel Studios

From pro-Hockey player to Hollywood star, Wyatt Russell stars in the Marvel Studios production ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ as John Walker, the successor to Steve Rogers’ Captain America played by Chris Evans.

“I didn’t know comic books were still a thing. When I was a kid, I didn’t know anyone who read comic books,” Russell told Yahoo. “I grew up with sports and athletes. Bo Jackson was a superhero.”

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When asked about MCU fans’ less-than-enthusiastic reaction to his character, Russell, who is not on social media, applauded the audience for being so passionate.

“I love that people have that and the ability to share whatever their feelings are, but it’s not in the cards for me,” Russell said. “If you don’t [get that reaction], you did something wrong.”

“I don’t like telling people how to feel because it’s like explaining your art,” he continued. “It sounds cheesy, but it is. You go out and you do it, and however, you feel is how you’re supposed to feel. I am not here to say, ‘You should like him!’”

The 21 Jump Street star also discussed his audition to play Steve Rogers in ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ before losing the role to Chris Evans.

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“I think I was just brought in to read, they probably auditioned a million people,” Russell explained. “It was like anyone who had legs and could walk and could talk auditioned to play Captain America. But it was fun, I don’t remember too much. … But I kind of knew, this wasn’t happening.” He added that he was “too wet behind the ears.”

Russell took a dig at himself saying, “I was not good at acting, probably.”

He continued, “I was not going to be in a Marvel movie. I had been in like two short films and a student film.”

Russell stars in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ which sees Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan returning to their roles as titular heroes. It explores the aftermath of Steve Rogers’ retirement, the fallout after ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and introduces Russell’s character John Walker as the new Captain America. The show currently airs on the streaming service Disney Plus.

In the comics, John Walker is also the successor to Captain America, but he soon becomes unstable due to the pressure of the role. This forces Steve Rogers to reclaim the mantle with Walker becoming US Agent.


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