But let’s walk down that path for a moment, shall we? I believe Sam Wilson is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America. Evans has made it clear that Sam Wilson is the MCU’s Captain America, but he had to go over John Walker in order to get there.
Taking one of the franchise’s most beloved heroes and turning them into an unrelenting asshole was nothing if not a bold move, But in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wyatt Russell played his part to a tee to turn the future U.S. Agent into a villain that fans despise, even though the tides appear to be changing.
The second-generation star told Collider that Marvel’s traditionally closed casting process kept him in the dark until he was hired, so his reaction to taking on the Captain America mantle is natural.
“I feel like every actor says this, but at first, I was very hesitant. If you were a fan of Lodge 49, you weren’t going, “This guy’s gonna play Captain America.” I had that same reaction. I was like, “Are you sure you guys want me to play Captain America?” You don’t know what you’re auditioning for, so I was like, “Okay, I’ll go in and audition and see what it is if I get it.” And then, I got it and I was like, “Okay, cool. Who am I playing?” I had a meeting with Kari Skogland and Zoie Nagelhout at Marvel, and they showed me a picture of Captain America. At first, I was like, “Oh, my God.” Captain America is a very difficult character to play because his moral compass is always pointing north.”
When it comes to specifics, however, Wyatt is adamant that he’s not a moron. He also affirmed that he isn’t when asked about specifics, with most people focusing on Thunderbolts as the next time we’ll see a figure who might yet be redeemed.