The man: Mark Valley
The rumour: November 2008. Comics website Newsarama holds a poll and Valley, currently to be seen on JJ Abrams’ TV series Fringe (well, occasionally), scores a win.
Why he could wield the shield: As Newsarama points out, Valley certainly bears the closest resemblance to Steve Rogers.
Plus, work on the likes of Boston Public and the late, lamented Keen Eddie prove he’s got the acting skills.
Why he’s not right: Mark who? Like Barrowman, the notoriously conservative Marvel would be taking a big risk in casting a relative film unknown in one of their biggest franchises.