Christoph WaltzHe was the Jew Hunter in Inglourious Basterds; he is hunting the Green Hornet next as a diabolical gangster; and now Christoph Waltz is being rumored as the next Spider-Man villain. Is this man the ultimate villain? With only Avatar‘s Stephen Lang in close company, we’d say yes. And the thought of him squaring off with a Spider-Man played by Andrew Garfield in a movie directed by Marc Webb sounds like something with a lot of potential — the most potential since Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe joined forces back in the day.This solid rumor comes from The Playlist, who say that Waltz is in talks to play The Lizard, the alleged antagonist in the upcoming Sony Pictures reboot. In the comics, The Lizard’s alter-ego Curt Connors is a surgeon in Florida who loses an arm during a stint in the army. After returning to civilian life and a job in research, he discovers a way to use reptilian limb regeneration to grow his arm back. But as he soon finds out, it isn’t just his arm that is growing into his human form.

The role was originally reported to be offered to fellow Basterd Michael Fassbender, but he has since moved on to take the role of Magneto in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. The role of Curt Connors was played in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise by Dylan Baker. While Baker had expressed interest in coming back to the franchise to play the lizard, it’s clear at this point that Sony intends to start with a completely clean slate.

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