Are the rumors true? Has Will Smith been approached to play the patriotic superhero Captain America?

“I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” actor Derek Luke slipped during an interview with MTV. “Just shows you how times have changed.”

With films like Independence Day (1996) I, Robot (2004), and Hancock (2008) under his belt, Smith has long since proven himself as a highly-bankable action star, making Hollywood history with eight straight movies to rake in more than $100 million in July.

Although Marvel has denied to Ain’t It Cool News that Smith has been approached, Blindie is still hoping that “times have changed.”

And if we don’t get to see a black man in the White House, at least we can see one as an American superhero.

PHOTO: AP; MARVEL COMICS

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