It's safe to say that Wyatt Russell may have landed his breakout role as John Walker aka "Captain America" in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and considering he once upon a time auditioned to play the role that ultimately ended with Chris Evans, you would assume that he's an actual fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Turns out, Wyatt had other priorities growing up, and shockingly enough, he wasn't into comic books or superheroes much like his MCU contemporaries. In a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the son of acting legend and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell reveals that he didn't know much about the franchise.
He explains: "I didn't grow up knowing much about comic books. My heroes were athletes so when I came on set, I was asking like, ‘Well, what does that mean? Who is that person? How do they fit in?'. Finally, Sebastian was like, ‘Dude, stop asking questions. you're gonna get more confused than you are. When you get answers, it's gonna be worse.'"
He later shared that he pretended to know stuff about the MCU in an attempt to impress people on set but it ultimately backfired. He added: "They showed me a picture of the guy and I was like, ‘Oh, alright! Yeah!'. And then they start running me through the stuff, like, ‘So, you know, when Thanos snaps his fingers..', and I'm like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.' And then, finally, fifteen minutes into the explanation of why I am who I am, I had to look at [producer Zoie Nagelhout] and go, ‘I'm really sorry Zoie, I don't know any of this. You'll have to start from the beginning'. And she ran me through everything and they were super nice about it. It kind of works for the character, because he's new and he's not part of the old universe. But it was semi-embarrassing to be in the Marvel office, going, ‘I don't know.'"
There's no shame in admitting that you're not an actual fan of something and thankfully, Wyatt is the first person to acknowledge that. Still, despite his lack of knowledge about the franchise, he seems to be doing a pretty good job at taking on the role of John Walker and so far, he's been successful in getting the attention of fans and I believe that's what matters.