Two of the most well known comic book franchises are lining up against the reboot/prequel wall currently, and with attachments on both sides coming in thick and fast, be they rumour or confirmations, the slew of talent orbiting each one is growing each day.

Now it’s the turn of our favourite Basterd, Michael Fassbender to join the likes of James McAvoy (confirmed for X-Men) and Jamie Bell (rumoured for Spider-Man) as in Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411 webspace today news unfurled that Fassbender is being courted by both Fox and Columbia for their super hero franchises, X-Men and Spider-Man respectively.

Fassbender was simply amazing in Steve McQueen’s Hunger and impressed with turn in Andrea Arnold’s BAFTA winning Fish Tank, and it’s no surprise that either studio is out for his signature.

Immediately speculation grew as to the parts he is being sought for – the younger incarnation of Magneto in the X-Men: First Class movie seems a certainty, but for Spider-Man the buzz is all about Fassbender suiting up against the webslinger as the film’s main villian – the smart money is on Electro but we’re still a while away from confirmation.

Recently seen in Neil Marshall’s Centurion, and soon to be seen in the Jonah Hex movie as well as the iconic romantic role of Mr Rochester in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre adaptation, Fassbender will need to choose well, as the expected schedules of the two potential projects won’t allow him to take on both.

Interesting times.