“I would’ve loved to have been in the mix on that because Chris [Evans] and I used to go against each other for quite a bit on a lot of different things back in the day,” Ackles continued. “But, unfortunately, I didn’t get to fight him on that one.” He didn’t clarify which roles the two of them had both auditioned for, but the claim that they’d frequently auditioned against each other is easy to believe. It’s not hard to imagine Ackles playing Evans’ character in “Scott Pilgrim,” just as there’s probably a parallel universe out there where Evans got to play Dean Winchester in “Supernatural.” The two actors have similar vibes, after all.
On the bright side, Ackles’ light-hearted rivalry with Evans has been rekindled with Ackles’ role as Soldier Boy, a character on “The Boys” who is basically just a parody of Captain America. Whereas the family-friendly Marvel superhero got frozen in World War II and was awoken in the modern world, Soldier Boy was knocked out in the ’80s. Whereas the MCU has tip-toed around how the old-fashioned Steve Rodgers would react to a far more diverse modern world, “The Boys” mined a ton of humor out of the reactionary Soldier Boy’s inability to get with the times. It may have been a far more depraved version of the character, but Jenson Ackles did sort of get to play Captain America after all.