Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, real-life married couple and stars of the current hit horror film A Quiet Place, have both tried out for MCU roles in the past, and say that in retrospect are glad that they did not get them.
Blunt, who tried out for Black Widow (and was rumored to have been in talks to play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, though she denies it), said that the franchise would have made it difficult to pursue other films.
“I don’t think I would have been able to do a lot of projects that I’ve loved doing,” she explained, and added “You can’t predict what’s going to happen, what’s going to catch fire and what’s not,” and that she would rather do a movie because she wants to, not merely because she is under contract.
Krasinski agreed, noting that A Quiet Place would not likely have existed if he got the part of Steve Rogers/Captain America that he tried out for. “There are benefits, and [Captain America actor] Chris Evans seems to be having a wonderful time,” he said, adding that the two were friends. However, “It’s that zen thing of let life take you where it may and I never would have been here if I had gotten Captain America.”
While MCU actors have pursued other projects (particularly Scarlett Johannson, who beat Blunt out for Black Widow), it does put a strain on one’s time. During the last few years the couple have been focusing more on their relationship, and Krasinski has also expanded into writing and directing as well as acting. Still, fans of the Captain America/Black Widow pairing may well mourn the amusing subtext that they would have brought to the franchise.
But could these two still become MCU actors in the future? They are currently a popular fan-cast for the parts of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four franchise. Those characters are also a married couple (or eventually marry, if the film is an origin story), so the pair could hopefully bring some of their chemistry to the parts.
Having acquired the rights from Fox, the MCU will likely add the superhero team in the next few years, and Krasinski at least seems open to the role.