Marc Webb reveals B J Novak's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 role

News Simon Brew 4 Feb 2014 - 06:32

A potential spoiler here, as the identity of another character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 becomes clear...

It proved to be a pretty good weekend for director Marc Webb's upcoming sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A pair of Superbowl spots and an extended preview have got the film onto the radar of a few more people, and the general reaction to the new promos was really rather positive.

Webb regularly uses his Twitter account to reveal new details about the film too, and he's just spilled what might be quite an important one. This is the kind of thing you may want to find out for yourself, so don't read on if you don't want the identity of what looks like an important character revealed.

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Okay. Webb has revealed in one of his latest Tweets that B J Novak will be playing the role of Alistair Smythe in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Smythe, in the land of Spidey comics, is the son of Spencer Smythe, the creator of the first collection of Spider Slayers. His son picks up his father's work. And whilst it's unclear whether we'll see Spider-Slayers in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, at the very least it's fair to assume something's being set up for a Spider-Man film along the line.

Webb's Tweet can be seen here, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will arrive in UK cinemas in April.

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Perhaps he's the tech guy behind Rhino and the other gadgets at Oscorp?

We already had him in the Amazing Spiderman game from the movie so it's not surprising. But does that also give us the story they are going to develop??

So Alistair Smythe (not Spencer) will be in the film to create the spider slayers and (from rumours admitedly) it seems that Harry (not Norman) will be the Green Goblin. Why are the film makers so convinced that their target audience couldn't cope with the idea of their young Spidey reboot facing elder villains? This was never a problem in the comics back in the 60s (and could possibly be seen as part of an anti-establishment stance taken by Lee and co at the time - I'll leave that debate to another day). Presumably they'll also be going with the younger version of the Vulture as well, as and when he turns up. Not sure if Doc Ock has ever been a younger character. As I say, at the moment this is all based on glimmers of information and speculation, but I do find it to be an interesting trend (and seems a little at odds with the casting of Rhino and Electro). I'd hate to think that, unless they were going to serve as some kind of wise old sage - think Old Spock, Aunt May or the equivalent, no actor older than, say, their late 30's was going to be able to feature in these films as a principal character.

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