Michael Fassbender is one of the better ‘new’ actors out there, and what I like about him is that he doesn’t seem to be afraid to get his hands dirty in genre business. Yeah, he’s all arty and amazing and deserving of Oscars in Hunger, but he’s also chopping off heads and having badass adventures in Centurion.
Now he could be getting himself into the world of franchise superhero movies (and I know that he’s in Jonah Hex, but that shit ain’t a franchise). According to Showbiz 411, Fassbender is currently mulling two different non-Marvel Movieverse Marvel movies. He’d either be Magneto in X-Men: First Class or the villain in Spider-Man: The Rebootening.
I hope he takes X-Men. For him it’s a smart move – Magneto isn’t getting offed at the end of this picture, and a trilogy that gets his talented face in front of as many people as possible is a great idea. The Spidey villain is probably a one and done deal, which could actually also be good for him if he just wants to make a splash and move on. But I think that Magneto offers an exciting depth that Fassbender could explore; one of the more interesting and fleshed out villains of all time, Magneto demands a great actor in the role.
By the way, it’s interesting that nobody knows who the villain in Spider-Man: Begin Again is. I’ve talked to people who have auditioned for the film who don’t know. At this point it’s the identity of the villain that intrigues me the most – will they be going in the direction of Batman Begins and choosing a villain no one outside the core audience knows, or will they reuse someone Raimi already did?