The man: Leonardo DiCaprio
The rumour: June 2008. Latino Review reports that Marvel has the Departed star on its wish list as a possible Cap, but sensibly qualifies the story with the knowledge that no formal discussions have taken place.
Why he could wield the shield: He’s got the square-jawed, chiselly look and he could probably develop the body to go along with it.
If not, they can do wonderful things with muscle suits. And he’s a big star – just the sort of name Marvel would love to boost the franchise.
Why he’s not right: Despite Robert Downey Jr committing to Iron Man and a rack of other projects, we doubt there’s any way DiCaprio would be up for a multi-film contract - which is what Marvel would demand (see: Samuel L Jackson).
And we’re not sure DiCaprio’s quite traditionally heroic for such an iconic comic-book character.