Before landing Spock, a Star Trek star missed two key superhero roles

Before landing Spock, a Star Trek star missed two key superhero roles ...

Ethan Peck knows a lot about stepping into big shoes. In season two of Star Trek: Discovery, he became the third actor to play Mr. Spock (not counting the various baby Spocks seen in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and 2009s Star Trek). However, before going into space, he almost took on a role more legendary and revered than the Federation's most beloved Vulcan, that of the Sentinel of Liberty.

Peck admitted that he had been considered for Captain America by a small number of people at DragonCon in Atlanta. Peck's most well-known almost-Cap was John Krasinski, who played the titular character in the TV series 10 Things I Hate About You. However, the actor's pedigree earned him acclaim.

Peck was a bit of a surprise comeback in Season Three of Herogasm, according to The Direct. I got pretty close to the role of The Deep in The Boys, according to the group, referring to a part that eventually went to Chace Crawford.

Peck's career has gone well, in part due to his ability to combine classic Trek humor with compelling character work. While his younger Spock struggles with emotions, he is not quite as sincere as his original designer Leonard Nimoy was.

Star Trek stories have given fans a peek at Peck in his superhero (or supervillain) mode, most recently the Strange New Worlds episode The Elysian Kingdom, which sees Spock transformed into a rogue wizard in an alien beings fairy tale. Furthermore, Peck played Spock as mentally unstable in his first Discovery performance, fighting against a larger force.

Peck might one day join the superhero world of Strange New Worlds, or even get a chance to love an octopus.