Mark Valley and John Barrowman on Captain America

Ah, the Star-Spangled Banner Avenger. Finding an actor to play him is going to take some doing on Marvel Studios’ part. They’re either going to go with a well-known name to blunt the “America” part when they’re selling it overseas, or they’re going to go the completely unknown route as they recently did with “Thor”. Two names do keep coming up for the role, though: Mark Valley and John Barrowman (of Torchwood fame, in case you don’t know). What’s the word on both men and the role?

According to Barrowman, he still wants to do the role, but seems to concede that it’s never going to happen. During the Torchwood panel at Comic-Con over the weekend, Barrowman said this (via CBM):

“You know what I want to play? Captain America,” Barrowman proclaimed to the wildly receptive crowd, before adding that it “so won’t happen.”

He’s right. Marvel isn’t nearly socially forward-thinking enough, or politically-driven enough to cast an openly gay actor in the role of America’s biggest superhero icon. If “Captain America” was being made by one of your usual Hollywood studios, I’m inclined to believe it could happen, because frankly, Barrowman would be awesome in the role. He doesn’t just look the part, he could play the heck out of it.

But Marvel Studios is its own animal, so yeah, as Barrowman says, probably “so won’t happen”.

Over at Mark Valley land, the Human Target star was informed by the LA Times that he recently topped an online poll asking fans who they want to play Captain America. Valley sounded pleased, made a quick joke about it, but didn’t seem all that enthused about slipping on the tights and slinging the shield.

We’ll see, maybe I’ll be too busy with “Human Target.” But you never know how these things go…

I personally think Valley is too old for the role. Remember, this is a franchise character that will begin when Steve Rogers is just a skinny kid trying to enlist in the Army, and Valley is already 45. Also, even though he’s got the square jaw heroic face down, I think he might be a tad too “blocky” looking for Captain America.

Heck, if Marvel sticks to their very, very oddball hiring choices of late (Kenneth Branagh to direct “Thor”!), expect a name that’s totally out of left field to play Steve Rogers.

In any case, consider your daily quotient of Captain America casting rumors filled.

Below: Is one of these guys your Captain America? Eh, probably not. Just askin’.



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  • ulik

    What I meant by 24 meets Mcguiver is that Cap has many talents. He’s highly trained in explosives and explosive disarmament,a weapons master(although he chooses his shield) and how to solve situations using little to no resources. Cap is capable and has solved many situations like Mcguiver like taking a piece of gum with some aluminum and lemons or crazy sh^* like that and getting out of a situation. That’s part of why the original Cap didn’t carry a guns because he could make a weapon out of just about anything in his vicinity. Jack Bauer deals mostly with terrorist attacks,bombs,etc,Cap handles much of the same stuff and more. Cap doesn’t just run around kicking people’s asses with brute force all the time,he’s an incredible strategist and plans out his battles. That’s why he is who he is and the leader of the Avengers.

  • ulik

    What I meant by 24 meets Mcguiver is that Cap has many talents. He’s highly trained in explosives and explosive disarmament,a weapons master(although he chooses his shield) and how to solve situations using little to no resources. Cap is capable and has solved many situations like Mcguiver like taking a piece of gum with some aluminum and lemons or crazy sh^* like that and getting out of a situation. That’s part of why the original Cap didn’t carry a guns because he could make a weapon out of just about anything in his vicinity. Jack Bauer deals mostly with terrorist attacks,bombs,etc,Cap handles much of the same stuff and more. Cap doesn’t just run around kicking people’s asses with brute force all the time,he’s an incredible strategist and plans out his battles. That’s why he is who he is and the leader of the Avengers.

  • Terry

    I think Mark Wahlberg would be good as Cap… He was excellent in “Invincible”.. but I don’t know his age…

  • Terry

    I think Mark Wahlberg would be good as Cap… He was excellent in “Invincible”.. but I don’t know his age…

  • ulik

    Mark Wahlberg as “The Winter Soldier” sounds more right to me. Even though “The Winter Soldier” has replaced “The real” Captain America for a while now.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Eh Yeah Wahlberg as Surly old Bucky WOrks. So does barrowman though. I gave my choice for WWII Era Bucky on the other Cap page.

  • ulik

    Mark Wahlberg as “The Winter Soldier” sounds more right to me. Even though “The Winter Soldier” has replaced “The real” Captain America for a while now.

    • Dedpool

      Eh Yeah Wahlberg as Surly old Bucky WOrks. So does barrowman though. I gave my choice for WWII Era Bucky on the other Cap page.

  • Camestrop

    How about Barry Pepper as Cap? (Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, etc.) He’s young looking enough, muscular, all-american looking. Souhern drall. What do ya think?

  • Camestrop

    How about Barry Pepper as Cap? (Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, etc.) He’s young looking enough, muscular, all-american looking. Souhern drall. What do ya think?

  • Denham

    How about Ryan Reynolds or Matthew McConahey…or even Jason Statham for Captain America

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      No, Maybe (if can loose the accent and HELL NO!!!
      Sorry Statham is the man and all but he’s NOT cap. And Ryan’s got a full plate.

  • Denham

    How about Ryan Reynolds or Matthew McConahey…or even Jason Statham for Captain America

    • Dedpool

      No, Maybe (if can loose the accent and HELL NO!!!
      Sorry Statham is the man and all but he’s NOT cap. And Ryan’s got a full plate.