Andrew Garfield, meet your nemesis!
Rhys Ifans has been cast as the villain in director Marc Webb's reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise, joining Garfield and Emma Stone in the superhero film. But while Garfield and Stone's secret identities are known, it remains unclear exactly who Ifans is playing. Of course, that's never stopped us from guessing.
We've chosen five characters from Spidey's rogues gallery that we could see Ifans playing in the "Spider-Man" reboot. Check 'em out for yourself and then let us know which character you think he's playing!
It feels too soon to bring Venom back after "Spider-Man 3," but what about Carnage? A homicidal maniac in both his symbiotic and human stages, Cletus Kasady is perfectly crazy and deranged enough to present a truly dark threat to Parker. Ifans could play the role with alarming sincerity, scaring up audiences for several viewings to come.
Willem Dafoe's version of Norman Osborn is still pretty clear in people's minds, but consider the fact that the character is still quite popular in the Marvel comic books and will have a starring role in "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." The summer of 2012 could be a return of the Green Goblin to theaters, albeit with a new actor in the role.
After being teased throughout the first trilogy, maybe it's time that the Lizard finally gets his due on film. Ifans has the right look to bring the character to life, believably transforming from scientist Curt Connors into the reptilian villain with the assistance of some solid CGI. It's a classic Spidey character that we haven't quite seen yet on the big screen, so this one seems like a real possibility.
Rhys Ifans might not become the next Robert Pattinson, but he might be a prominent vampire nonetheless as Morbius. The villain was rumored for Sam Raimi's abandoned "Spider-Man 4," and with vampires taking a huge chunk out of pop culture lately, it could just be a matter of time.
It's hard to imagine that Sony would want to go for the Vulture after passing on John Malkovich in "Spider-Man 4," but Ifans would be a solid pick if the character is in the movie. With some added makeup effects, Ifans could pull the Vulture off from a visual standpoint, and his frequently surly personality could pitch in for a great performance.
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