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Not to Worry - The Man Pictured Here Will Not Be Captain America

By TK Burton | Industry | March 10, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | March 10, 2010 |

Sweet jumping shitdimples. Could Joe Johnston and company drag this out any more?

The search for Marvel Entertainment’s Captain America continues. Contrary to popular belief and rumor, John Krasinski will not be portraying Cap in The First Avenger: Captain America, Marvel’s newest project geared towards the eventual Avengers film. Rumors abounded on Tuesday that Krasinski (“The Office”) had gotten the part, which just seemed too unbelievable. He’s got… um… he’s tall. Yes, he’s tall. That was about all I could put together in his favor. Fine actor, I’m sure (I’ve never seen “The Office”), but Captain freakin’ America?

In any event, Deadline New York (via Slashfilm) reports that not only has Krasinski not been offered the part, but that they’ve widened the net. From the original group of frontrunners, only Mike Vogel (Cloverfiled) and Garret Hedlund (the forthcoming Tron Legacy) remain. The new addition to the not-so-short-but-not-as-long-as-it-once-was shortlist Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Sunshine).

Of those three choices, I think I probably like Evans the most based on his past performances. He was basically the only even remotely not-awful thing about the Fantastic Four movies, and he seems to have good charisma. Is he right for Captain America? My gut says no, but I suppose he could surprise me. Part of the problem for most comic fans in putting any of these faces to the iconic name is that the producers are “going young” which is somewhat contrary to the more grizzled, older incarnation in the comics (both the Earth 616 and Ultimate versions, however different they may be, share that basic sense of experience, maturity, and even occasional world weariness). Envisioning what we know about Cap being conveyed by someone like Mike Vogel just seems wrong.

That said, I’ve been surprised before. Marvel’s been on a hot streak of late. Honestly, I’m just tired of writing about the rumors. Cast someone for Christ’s sake, so internet geeks can get to complaining that he’s too tall/short/heavy/light/gay.

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