There was a whole lot of surprise when Marvel announced that it was casting Chris Pratt as Peter Quill in its Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Before the actor became Parks and Recreations loveable idiot Andy Dwyer, Pratt was a relatively obscure actor, landing a small role in WB's Everwood. Now, with his undeniable charm and charisma, Pratt has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and it looks like it's all thanks to Kevin Feige and Robert Downy Jr.
In one of Feige's many interviews in Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years book (via ComicBoook.com), Marvel Studios' head honcho reveals one of the main reasons why Pratt was given the role – because the studio thought the actor would perform well opposite Downey Jr's Iron Man someday.
"We always cast for the movie we're making, but we also have an eye on the future. So when we were casting Chris Pratt, we needed the best Star-Lord, but at the same time, we said, 'We need somebody who one day might go toe to toe with Robert Downey Jr.' On the very first day of Avengers: Infinity War there was Robert, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and it was pretty amazing! There have been a handful of times in our ten years here at Marvel Studios where we have had to just stop for a second and pinch ourselves. That was one of those moments."
Marvel made the right choice picking Pratt as its Star-Lord. The actor definitely has the humor and the charm that fits well with the MCU's Peter Quill and it was especially fun seeing him throw lines with Tom Holland and Downy Jr. in Avengers: Infinity War.
Now, with Avengers 4 in the horizon, we can't wait and see Peter Quill make his way back from the dead after Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers undo Thanos' massacre.
Avengers 4 hits cinemas May 3, 2019.