While speaking to ComicBook.com, however, Bethel revealed that he had actually tried to get into the MCU a lot sooner, auditioning for the part of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The crazy thing is that he got really, really close to landing the role.
Obviously, Chris Evans ended up stepping into the star-spangled super suit suit of Steve Rogers, an eventuality that came as a real blow to Bethel, who was relatively unknown when The First Avenger went into active production in 2010, despite a recurring role on the popular soap opera The Young and the Restless.
"I mean, that was both probably the single most exciting time of my life and also the single most devastating when it didn't happen," he said. "But, yeah, that was eight years ago now. They put me in the Cap suit and did everything. So I screen-tested it at Marvel with a number of other guys. They ended up releasing all the other guys... I was meeting with [director] Joe Johnston to discuss the role and see storyboards. So it was this insane period where during that time I kind of thought that maybe I was going to actually get the role. I actually screen-tested again a second time a month later, on my birthday."
Then the bad news came and Bethel was frozen out of the budding shared comic book universe, much like Rogers at the end of the first movie.
"I think it was like one or two days later that they made the announcement that Chris Evans got the part. So, to be perfectly honest, that was one of the hardest moments in my professional career," the actor continued. "And it spun me out for a while, to be honest with you. But I'm also a firm believer that things happen as they're supposed to, and obviously Chris did an incredible job in that role. And my life, while it hasn't brought me to lead the Avengers, has been really rich and rewarding in other ways. So I can't spend too much time lamenting it. And honestly, just the fact that things have kind of come full circle in a way, and I still get to be a dude in a suit, is pretty exciting."
Fortunately, everything worked out in the end and he got to play a different but equally iconic Marvel character, this one being on the opposite end of the spectrum from Cap in terms of morality. You can see Bethel's Bullseye in action during Season 3 of Daredevil, which is now streaming all its episodes on Netflix.