Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender, known for his incredible talent and his performance in Inglorious Basterds and Hunger, may play the younger version of Ian McKellan’s Magneto in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. He might also take a walk over to the Sony lot and star in Spider-Man 4, playing the villain for director Marc Webb. He may do none of these things. Just know that if he does them, he will do them well.

Showbiz 411 is the origin of this news, which hit the web today and immediately ignited fires in the pants of any comic book geek familiar with Fassbender’s work. X-Men: First Class has already cast one of its leads — James McAvoy will play Professor Charles Xavier — and as it speeds toward a UK shoot in coming weeks, its likely that they are down to making offers for Magneto.

As for the Spider-Man reboot, it is also gearing up for a shoot later this year or very early next year. We heard rumblings yesterday that Jamie Bell had been offered the role of the webslinging hero, leading us to believe that offers might be going out soon for other roles. There’s no word on who the villain will be in the new Spider-Man. But again, if it’s Fassbender, it’s going to be interesting.

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