Two projects in the Marvel universe that have fans both curious as well as scratching their heads are the Matthew Vaughn-directed X-Men: First Class (due out next year) and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man project, both of which will be origin stories and explorations of the respective heroes’ early years. X-Men already has its Professor X in James McAvoy, but no casting has been announced for Spider-Man (which doesn’t even have an official title yet).
Rumors have, however, abounded, and now we’re creeping closer to some confirmations. First, Showbiz 411 is saying the the role of Magneto in X-Men: First Class has been offered to and accepted by Michael Fassbender, known to most as Lt. Archie Hicox in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, a film I wasn’t crazy about but that had some very impressive performances — Fassbender’s was one of them. He’s also actually German, which is a nice feather in the cap and will lend the character some authenticity. I’m happy with the decision, and you should be too. If you’re not, go screw.
As for Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man? There are roughly 68 gajabagillion prospects for Peter Parker. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Right now, the list of potentials includes Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Logan Lerman, Jeremy Feist, Alden Ehrenreich, Michael Angarano, Frank Dillane and Josh Hutcherson. Seriously, that’s just silly. Fucking pick one already. Also, I may have lied about one of those. You figure it out.
This process is not unlike the lengthy and exhausting process of selecting a Captain America, which resulted in Chris Evans getting the role, a choice that surprised and disappointed many. While I’m still on the fence on that pick, I feel like this one is getting even sillier.
Make a decision, Mr. Webb. I’m getting annoyed.
(Source: Dark Horizons)