Casting Captain America for An Avengers Movie

For the five of you who still haven't seen Iron Man out there, and still haven't heard, there's a nod towards the end to a possible Avengers movie. Now the idea of an Avengers movie isn't new -- hell I wrote about it months ago when Jon Favreau said he wanted to be the guy to direct it. But it has brought up a new discussion. The Avengers, the core Avengers, are comprised of a few guys (despite there being well over 300 actual members over the history of the comic book). They are Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Ant Man and Captain America. Both Thor and Ant Man now have movies in the works, with Shaun of the Dead's Edger Wright taking a pass at Ant Man and Layer Cake/Stardust director Matthew Vaughn taking a stab at Thor.

But no talk as of yet of a Captain America. Of course, in each incarnation of the Avengers, one of the first storylines is the discovery of a frozen Captain America deep in the ocean -- so this very well could be the crux of the first Avengers movie. But that leads us at Film.com to wonder: Who's gonna play him? Here's a few humble suggestions.

Matt DamonMatt Damon
Why he would make a good Cap?
First and foremost, Cap's biggest trait is that he is white bread, All-American. He's got this aw-shucks, 1940s sensibility about him. Now look at Matt Damon. You see it? Cap's second most recognizable trait is that he can beat ass like nobody's business. Now, have you seen the Bourne franchise? Yeah. He's Captain America.
What's working against him?
Age and A-list status. If the producers want to go younger (which they might not to do, with Norton and Downey Jr. in the mix) they may see Damon as a bit long in the tooth. He's not. He also has to contend with the fanboy gauntlet. If the fanboys don't approve or if this is sold wrong, they will howl bloody murder until they see the movie. Which they will do, no matter who is cast. Hell, fanboys would watch a Zack Effron Captain America just so they could say they've seen it.

James MarsdenJames Marsden
Why he would make a good Cap?
All-American? Check. Superhero cred? X-Men, check. Looks good in the suit? Check. Great actor? Big, fat check.
What's working against him?
He'd need to either bulk up or find a way to look bulkier. Even toned-up and fit for the role of Cyclops he looked a wee bit scrawny. Captain America is not scrawny. But since the vast majority of his teammates will be CG or insanely muscular, they could pass this off with camera tricks.



Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds
Why he would make a good cap?
He's awesome, All-American, can do the physical stuff and can make the ladies swoon. And who knows, maybe they could work out a package deal and get his new fiance, Scar Jo, to play, I don't know, maybe ... The Scarlet Witch.
What's working against him?
He's funny. He's a smart ass. And that's America's perception of him. The Cap isn't funny. He's not a smart ass. He's serious. He's an old school, WWII, '40s era MAN. He's got issues with this open, integrated, women-are-equal world in which what is expected of a man is very different. And it's easy to forget that Reynolds is a great serious actor as well.



Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
Why he would make a good Cap?
Just look at the jaw line. Listen to that drawl. You wanna make America believe that there's a guy plucked from the ocean who has been frozen for over 60 years? You get Fillion.
What's working against him?
He's not on the magic list. That and he suffers from the same age problem as Damon. Otherwise, I think he's the choice that will get the geeks buzzing.