Did Jensen Ackles audition to play Captain America in the MCU? The supernatural actor explains
In eight years and nine films, Chris Evans has fully embodied the role of Captain America. The fan-favorite actor, alongside writers and directors, transformed what could have been a hokey character into a layered individual. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than him playing Steve Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but, once upon a time, other actors were vying for the role. A star who has long been said to have auditioned is none other than Supernatural alum Jensen Ackles and now the star has offered an explanation as to whether he actually sought out to play the First Avenger.
Jensen Ackles usually seems to be pretty straightforward when answering questions (unless someone is looking for details on Supernatural spin off The Winchesters). The actor employed the same level of candor when EO asked him if he had ever auditioned to play the Sentinel of Liberty. Apparently, the actor doesn’t believe he ever met Marvel Studios about the role:
I can’t help but be surprised that Jensen Ackles apparently wasn’t approached for the Marvel role. Although there seems to be a slight tinge of doubt present in his comments. Maybe he auditioned and he doesn’t remember. After all, the role was cast over ten years ago. Regardless, Ackles went on to say that if he had been offered the role, he probably wouldn’t have been able to commit to it:
However, Chris Evans “fought” with a number of other artists while vying for the chance to play Steve Rogers. John Krasinski revealed years ago that he tested the role and even donned the costume. The actor joked that the real reason he didn’t play Cap That’s because he pulled out of the race after seeing Thor actor Chris Hemsworth’s physique compared to his own. Funnyman Dane Cook also tried, but he apparently said he shouldn’t have during the process. As a result, he missed the opportunity – and sent a letter of apology to the casting directors of Marvel.
Although Jensen Ackles, like his fellow actors, didn’t get the chance to wield the red, white, and blue shield, he plays a Cap-inspired character in season 3 of The boys (released with a Amazon Prime Membership). he will play the Soldier Boy character, a legendary hero from the 1940s who finds his way into the present. However, he is a bit rougher than Steve Rogers. Besides, Ackles is now the voice of Batman in the DC animated film universe.
Chris Evans (who is rumor has it he’s reprising Captain America at one point) may have personified the role, but it’s still interesting to think what Jensen Ackles would have made of it. Perhaps there’s still hope for him to appear in the MCU, as the franchise begins to introduce notable character variants through the multiverse. But even if that never happens, it seems Ackles is more than happy with how things turned out.