Captain America: The First Avenger’s writers uncover concept art for the film initially saw Jake Gyllenhaal driving as the nominal saint. Released in 2011, the film denoted the fifth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the last to be distributed by Paramount Pictures before Marvel Studios was gained by Walt Disney Pictures. The action film was driven by Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving and Sebastian Stan.
As the film celebrates its 10th anniversary, Yahoo! Diversion correspondent Kevin Polowy found Captain America: The First Avenger writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus. Glancing back at the casting process for the film, the team uncovered concept art at Marvel Studios initially envisioned Gyllenhaal as the nominal saint while the search continued for an actor to depict Captain America. Markus said, “They had a creation office?” then McFeely continued, “With various pictures of other actors wearing – you know because they would do sketches of the costumes and sometimes they’ll just pick an actor and put him in the costume and possibly it’s a wish satisfaction thing or something. I recall a ton of Jake Gyllenhaal as Cap costume pictures.”
Since his breakout work in 1999’s October Sky, Gyllenhaal has been a star most studios can bank blockbuster projects on just with his name. Indeed, even Disney’s for the most part ineffectively got Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time transformation held the record for the highest-grossing computer game film with an overall gross of more than $336 million against an estimated $150-200 million spending plan. However, as McFeely notes, studios by and large envision various actors in the job not just as a sort of “wish satisfaction thing” yet in addition to give the costume and creation departments a thought of what they need to make for when the film begins shooting.
Alongside Stan and Gyllenhaal, it’s notable Marvel’s first decision to lead Captain America: The First Avenger was John Krasinski, in any event, having The Office actor gear up for a screen test in the costume until he stepped away accepting he wasn’t ideal for the job in the wake of seeing Chris Hemsworth’s physique for Thor. The studio’s definitive decision to cast Evans as Captain America and Stan as Bucky Barnes has demonstrated to be the right decision on their part as both of their performances have been acclaimed since the 2011 film. Moreover, Gyllenhaal would have another chance at the MCU as Quentin Beck, also known as Mysterio, in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which by and by demonstrated a strong decision on the studio’s part.