The writers of Captain America: The First Avenger reveal concept art for the film, with Jake Gyllenhaal originally being the titular hero.

Captain America: The First AvengerThe writers reveal that the concept art for the film originally saw Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular hero. Released in 2011, the film marked the fifth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the last to be released by Paramount Pictures before Marvel Studios was acquired by Walt Disney Pictures. The action film was directed by Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving and Sebastian Stan.

The story centered on Evans’ Steve as he went from a frail man to the titular super-soldier during WWII and worked to stop the Red Skull from acquiring the mysterious Tesseract and letting it go. ‘use as an energy source for world domination. A critical and commercial success, Captain America: The First Avenger would cast Evans as a character through his other six MCU movie appearances and four cameos. While Evans and Stan are the main stars reportedly considered for the role of Captain America, it looks like Marvel had another major player in mind to lead during development.

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As the film celebrates its tenth anniversary, Yahoo! Entertainment corresponding Kevin Polowy caught up Captain America: The First Avenger writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. Looking back on the casting process for the film, the duo revealed concept art to Marvel Studios that originally envisioned Gyllenhaal as the titular hero as the search for an actor to play Captain America continued. Markus said, “They had a production office …” then McFeely continued, “With various pictures of other actors wearing – you know because they were sketching the costumes and sometimes they would just pick an actor and put him in the costume and maybe it’s a wish fulfillment thing or something. like. I remember Jake Gyllenhaal a lot as pictures of cap costumes. “

Chris Evans as a cap in Captain America The First Avenger

Since his work in small groups in the years 1999 October sky, Gyllenhaal has been a star that most studios can bank successful projects on just with his name. Even Disney is generally poorly received Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time The adaptation held the record for the highest grossing video game film with worldwide sales of over $ 336 million against an estimated budget of $ 150-200 million. But, as McFeely notes, studios typically envision multiple actors in the role not just as a sort of “wish for accomplishment“but also to give the costume and production departments an idea of ​​what to do at the start of filming.

Alongside Stan and Gyllenhaal, he’s Marvel’s well-known first choice to direct Captain America: The First Avenger was John Krasinski, having even Office the actor prepares for a screen test in the costume until he walks away thinking he wasn’t right for the role after seeing Chris Hemsworth’s physique during Thor. The studio’s final decision to pick Evans as Captain America and Stan as Bucky Barnes turned out to be the right choice on their part, as both of their performances have been acclaimed since the 2011 film. Additionally, Gyllenhaal would get another chance at the MCU as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which once again proved to be a strong choice on the part of the studio.

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