Dominic Cooper has already been associated with one Marvel movie when he was incorrectly linked to Kenneth Branagh's Thor as Fandral of The Warriors Three, something that never panned out. When SuperHeroHype first heard word that Dominic Cooper had told Salon.com he was going to play Howard Stark in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger, we were somewhat dubious only because there was nothing in their video interview about the role and it was casually mentioned as a given in the introduction.
Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau had already mentioned while doing press for the sequel that the Stark elder, played by John Slattery in Favreau's movie, would play a part in Captain America, but that he'd have to be recast being that it will mainly take place during World War II, thirty years prior to the Stark Expo.
Many sites who ran the story assumed Cooper told Salon about the role off-camera, but without an actual quote of what exactly was said, we didn't want to jump to conclusions this time that this was a done deal, so we contacted Salon's main film guy Andrew O'Hehir to find out a little more about what was said.
According to O'Hehir, there was a small group of journalists talking to Cooper after Salon's exclusive video interview where Cooper told them playing Howard Stark in Captain America would definitely be his next role. When O'Hehir mentioned to the actor there would be a "whole universe of bloggers and comic fans closely scrutinizing everything he does in the movie," he responded, "There will, won't there? Thanks a lot for that. Nothing like building confidence."
And sure enough, that's already proving to be true!
(Thanks to O'Hehir for getting back to us with more info on this comic-related scoop!)