...still as of yet undetermined :)
But we now know who the actor filling the costume (or latex makeup appliance, or whatever) will be: Thomas Hayden Church, who if he knows whats good for him is right building a golden idol in graditude to his "Sideways" director Alexander Payne.
This comes pretty-much out of left field, as the only prior rumblings to be heard on the subject was a widely-reported story last week that Chloe Sevigny was (supposedly) aching to play a "sexy blonde villianess" that (supposedly) is scheduled for the next film. This pointed hard in the direction of a heroine/villianess character called The Black Cat, whom spider-fans have been aching to see in the live-action films for awhile now. Here's why:
Sony etc. are keeping it still very close to their vest as to exactly whom Church would be playing, but since they now have an actor we should know fairly soon. Naming Church before releasing his role is a good strategy on Sony's part, I'd imagine, as it allows fans to digest the notion of him as an actor without having the added variant of how "right" he is for the role. But until then, let the speculation begin!
So far, only one potential baddie (not counting the previously-dispatched Doctor Octopus and Green Golbin) would seem likely to be off the table, and that's The Lizard. Rationale: Lizard's alter-ego, Dr. Curt Connors, already popped up played by Dylan Baker in the second film, even sporting the missing arm that ties into Lizard's origin-story. Of course, they could have recast, but if they had one would think we'd have heard something.
The name you'll hear bandied about quite a bit is Venom, as thats the name that's always bandied about when they announce a new Spider-Man foe. Me, I've never been at that nuts about Venom (a "monster" version of Spider-Man) outside of his origin story. But that's just me. When it came to "evil versions of the hero" in Spider-Man lore, I was always much more fond of Mac Gargan, aka The Scorpion, or even The Tarantula.
But that's just me.
Now, as far as Church goes, Hm.... damn good actor, great to see him in a role like this, but hm... who do I think he's going to be? Well, dunno. Honestly, he'd make an interesting Venom (my opinion of Venom as a character aside) but for some reason he strikes me as more immediately reminiscient of Max Dillon, better known as Electro. Guess what he does. Go on, guess.
There's also perenial fan-favorite Mysterio (a washed-out movie special-FX guy who commits crimes using Hollywood-style illusions), who would be spectacularly cool on film but who's lack of a visible face makes it hard to "dream cast" for:
Anyway, thats the news.
Oh, and Sony... if it is Electro... please keep the big star-shaped mask. The big star-shaped mask is awesome :)