Spock almost played Captain America

By Matthew Creith | Published

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, no other character is as popular as Captain America. Known to many as “America’s Ass”, the character was portrayed by American actor Chris Evans for years, ending with smash hit Avengers: Endgame. Teaming up with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor, Captain America is a fan favorite for many reasons. Taking on the persona of representing the United States and the world at large in fierce battles, both domestic and intergalactic, Captain America is emboldened by the spirit of pride and the ability to wield a shield of great power and strength. Before Evans took the role, it seems many actors auditioned, including a fitting and surprising choice who went on to play another iconic role, Spock.

According to a report from The Direct, actor Ethan Peck recently confirmed that he auditioned for the role of Captain America before Chris Evans was cast in the first film. At the time of Captain America: The First Avenger Released in 2011, Peck would have been 25 and virtually unknown at the time. Apparently, the Los Angeles native was called back for multiple auditions and nearly landed the role. Likewise, he had a great audition for the character of The Deep on Amazon’s The boys, which is sort of a parody of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe superheroes. Peck currently plays the role of Spock in the TV shows Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Ethan Peck as Spock

Before playing Spock on TV, Ethan Peck was shortlisted to play Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in Captain America: The First Avenger. He joined a roster of actors who went on to play other roles in the MCU, as well as popular characters in other film and TV franchises. Screen Rant reports that many of these actors include Office star John Krasinski, who ended up playing Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessSebastian Stan, who starred as Bucky Barnes, and Chris Pratt, who starred as Star-Lord in the guardians of the galaxy movies. This shortlist apparently also included Dusk former student Kellan Lutz, real blood Alexander Skarsgard and Jensen Ackles, who currently stars in The boys as a darker version of Captain America named Soldier Boy.

For Ethan Peck, it may have been a blessing in disguise that he didn’t win the role of Captain America because his turn as Spock gives his career cult status in recent years. As the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, he may have been seen as a glimpse into his famous parent’s shadow. However, Ethan Peck is receiving rave reviews for his take on Spock, made famous by Leonard Nimoy for many years. Rotten Tomatoes currently ranks Star Trek: Strange New Worlds with an average rating of 99% on its Tomatometer from critics and an average audience rating of 79%. The Paramount+ series premiered earlier this year and a second season is currently in production.

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