Comic Movie Newz

Per an e-mail I received from Spider-Man (yeah, we’re buds), Thomas Haden Church (Wings, Sideways) has been cast as the as-yet-unidentified villain in Spider-Man 3, slated to begin production early in 2006. Tobey Magquire will apparently reprise his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst will return as Mary Jane Watson. Spidey did not mention whether J.K. Simmons will return to the role of the ever-irritable newspaper editor, J. Jonah Jameson.

In other Marvel movie news, The Sci-Fi Channel reports that a new director (Matthew Vaughn, Layer Cake) has been tapped to helm the third film in the X-Men franchise. I’m a little disappointed to learn that Bryan Singer won’t be returning, as he’s done an excellent job with the series thus far.

That is all.