Wyatt Russell certainly seems to be enjoying his time in the Marvel spotlight, even as fans despise his character for taking the Shield. The actor is making the rounds, giving lots of interviews about his character, John Walker aka “new” Captain America aka U.S.Agent.
Walker has quite the reputation in the comics. He’s gone by names like U.S.Agent, Captain America, and more. Sometimes he’s an ally, but other times he is at odds with The Avengers and Steve Rogers. As set up in the show, Wyatt Russell’s John Walker is already not getting along well with Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Yet, Russell warned Deadline not to assume too much about his character:
As soon as you open Wikipedia, you’re more confused. There’s so many iterations of where he is and goes, and who he’s with, it’s just too confusing. I looked at a lot of the artwork of the comic books and that informed me more of who the character will be, the essence of the character in the artwork and in his body language. I looked at a lot of photos, but I didn’t read any comics, there’s too many different storylines.
What the MCU does very well — they don’t literally take everything from the comics and put it into characters. Sometimes they do a better job of making them more complex.
This is very true. We comic fans often assume too much based on our knowledge of the comics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is all about adaptation and often times, defying expectations.
Wyatt Russell added:
There is a dichotomy to him, there is complexity in his mind, in terms of what his past was and what and how it effects his presence.
That’s part of what drew me to him is the ability to be able to play someone who on the surface you might think you know what they are or what they’re like, but when you dig down a little bit deeper you might find that they’re doing things for reasons that are unknown to you before they were given to you.