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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Looks to Add Another Villain

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Things certainly seem to be stacked against our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s upcoming superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  We already know that Spidey (Andrew Garfield) will be surrounded by villains, Jamie Foxx’s Max Dillon/Electro likely chief among them.  Just when it seemed as if our web-crawling hero already had his hands full, another villain has been revealed.

The film also stars Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

News of a newly revealed villain comes courtesy of the director himself,  so you can clearly cross this one off the rumor bj-novak-the-amazing-spider-man-2-600x354list.  Here’s a look at Webb’s Tweet from earlier today:

Marc Webb ‏@MarcW Almost shot ASM2 in B+W til @bjnovak‘s (A. Smythe) promo for his excellent book ONE MORE THING beat me to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FxhTn9cEhI …

For the more casual Spider-Man fans, this “A. Smythe” moniker probably requires a little explanation.  It’s not much of a stretch to presume that Novak’s character is one Alistair Smythe, a once-wheelchair-bound scientist who developed (or technically, inherited) a series of robotic Spider-Slayers. This confirms what we’ve suspected about Novak’s character ever since he briefly commented on his role a couple of months ago:

I’m in a couple of scenes. Yeah, I was never told whether or not I could say. I can say that I work at Oscorp. And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I’m somebody. I wouldn’t say I’m pivotal, but I’m not an extra, either.

Now, in the comics Smythe eventually suits up himself and becomes the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.  I doubt we’ll see Novak do much more than tinker around with the killer bots, at least for this movie.  Giving Spidey plenty of mindless drones to bash certainly does allow for an uptick in the destruction, but at this point, what he really needs is another helping hand.

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