The man: John Cena
The rumour: March 2009. While putting the lie to earlier rumours he was linked to the part, wrestler-turned-action man John Cena pitches MTV (and Marvel) on the idea...
“If you guys are listening over at Marvel, that is a pretty cool rumour. I’m extremely patriotic, I was a captain of the football team once, so I think it works out. I think I’m your man.”
Why he could wield the shield: Well, he has the muscles... Plus, he’s likely to be more affordable than some of the other names on this list and has a built-in fanbase from his grappling days.
Why he’s not right: We’ve seen him act. He can handle the stunt stuff, but if he has to match wits with the likes of Downey Jr and (maybe) Ed Norton, he’d look like an amateur.