October 12th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
The pieces are starting to come together for "(500) Days of Summer" director Marc Webb's version of "Spider-Man."
He has his Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield, his Gwen Stacy in Emma Stone, and now his villain in "Notting Hill" actor Rhys Ifans (soon to be seen in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"). Yet, as EW.com reports, it's still a mystery as to which villain Ifans will portray.
The speculation on social media is that he would be great as the Lizard, a.k.a. Professor Curt Connors, who was actually portrayed by Dylan Baker in the Sam Raimi-directed "Spider-Man" movies.
Other suggestions included another villain from the early days of the comic books: "Physically he's a bit like the Vulture but he's too young," said @GalactusHelmet.
One that seems less likely - and seems to have more to do with Ifans' lanky build - is the more recent villain Carnage: "Rhys Ifans has a similar height and build of Cletus Kasady aka Carnage, could they be bringing Carnage in early?" asks @zombi777. Since Carnage is strongly related to "Spider-Man 3's" Venom and this "Spider-Man" is a "reboot," that would be a big surprise. (The more physically-imposing Scorpion and Kraven the Hunter seem to be out of the running.)
The Green Goblin is also a possibility, but Ifans' portrayal would have to differ in many respects from that of Willem daFoe, in the way that Heath Ledger brought a new twist to the Joker in "The Dark Knight."
Other classic villains who have yet to receive the big screen treatment include Electro, the Chameleon and Mysterio. The latter two require the actor's face to be covered, so they would be interesting choices to say the least.
Who do you think should be the next villain, and is Ifans the right choice? Sound off on video, or in the comments below.
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