Taking one of the franchise’s most beloved heroes and turning them into an unrelenting asshole was nothing if not a bold move, but Wyatt Russell pitched his performance perfectly in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to transform the future U.S. Agent into a villain fans loved to hate, even though the tides appear to be shifting.
In an interview with Collider, the second-generation star admitted that Marvel’s typically secretive casting process kept him in the dark until he was actually hired, so his reaction to becoming Captain America was completely understandable.
“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.”
Wyatt remains unsure of when he’ll be back on our screens as Walker, but he also confirmed that he’s not a moron when addressing specifics, while most folks are pinpointing Thunderbolts as the next time we’ll see a figure who may yet be in line for redemption.