Thursday, February 25, 2010

Captains Courageous

With Iron Man 2 good to go for this summer, and the impressive cast for Kenneth Branagh's Thor already locked in, the one big question mark in the Marvel fiefdom surrounds who will don the star spangled leotard and Vibranium shield of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America for 2011's The First Avenger: Captain America.  While helmer Joe Johnston played it coy in our chat last week, Marvel's Cap shortlist hit the web yesterday thanks to Nikke Finke

A grab bag of unknowns and semi-knowns, the folks at CBR were helpful enough to line up the prospective Captains with appropriate comic art to make their potential casting more palatable.  While I think the ideal choice would have been The Human Target's Mark Valley (if he were about ten years younger), of the shortlisters I have to say that John Krasinski, The Office's hapless Jim Halpert, is emerging as my favorite.

While he seems somewhat unorthodox given his primarily comedic background, he does have the right wholesome look for the All-American Rogers, and with the proper workout regiment he could be credible physically.  Another plus for Krasinski is that he's not so young as to seem utterly weightless when potentially sharing the screen with Robert Downey Jr. and Edward Norton in that hypothetical Avengers flick that keeps getting mentioned. With March nearly upon us, and filming set to start within a few short months, we'll know sooner rather than later who gets to wield the shield.

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