One of the reasons why I have always been so blown away by Marvel Studios is their impeccable casting choices. I’m talking since the beginning; Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, you get the point. Marvel Studios knows how to cast!
The last great casting of characters that I feel cannot be replaced are Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man. And then there is Wyatt Russel, the newest member of that perfect casting list that Marvel Studios has absolutely nailed.
A decade ago, Wyatt Russel was 24-years-old and actually auditioned for the role of Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America. Of course, he didn’t get it and a certain Chris Evans did but…he went for it. Low and behold he would be approached again but this time to play his replacement; John Walker, a version of Captain America that is the exact antithesis of Chris Evans’ Cap.
John Walker is now pretty much the most hated character in the MCU and I, for one, am greatly appreciating Russel’s dedication to the character and his portrayal of a dark Captain America. The latest episode, The Whole World Is Watching, really put Russel on display as we saw him slowly devolve into this monster by the end of the episode.
This is his origin story, that first big step into his evolution into becoming US Agent. And maybe that first major step into maybe bringing this picture,
to life…in a second season. Let’s make this happen Marvel!
A great story has to have great characters and John Walker is one of the most interesting characters in the MCU already and considering his long Wikipedia page, it doesn’t look like this character is going away anytime soon and I am so excited about that.
I pretty much figured that Walker was going to become the primary villain in this series but the way that Marvel Studios has evolved this character over the course of four episodes and how I actually don’t exactly see him as a villain but instead as a messed up man means that the writers are doing their job correctly.
US Agent was a compelling character because there were those who followed his ideals. How are you going to make a character so dark amass a following? You give him a story that people can get behind and that makes him a far more interesting character in the whole scope of the MCU.
I just wanted to write this post because I was so blown away by yesterday’s episode I don’t have much more to say about it other than, “Heck yeah, Marvel!”
What do you think about Wyatt Russel’s portrayal of the character? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.