Marc Webb: The Rhino Is Only In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ For Four Minutes

By March 9, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb gave a keynote speech at SXSW yesterday in which he revealed that The Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti, will have a just brief cameo in his upcoming superhero sequel. The film will instead focus mainly on villains Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan).

During a Q&A session with members of the crowd at the festival, Webb addressed the widely held opinion that there were too many villains in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and noted that he and his team were well aware of the negative reaction that received.

“We’re obviously familiar with the complaints people had. We’re very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it’s very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome.”

Here’s some trivia for those of you who didn’t know: Giamatti was actually cast as The Rhino before the movie’s script was written, after making a public statement saying he had always wanted to play the character on Conan O’Brien’s TV series.


In addition to the news about the cameo, Webb also discussed how he wanted to “embrace the spectacle” for the second film after feeling a bit reserved during the first film:

“There was a moment deep in the [first film’s] post-production process where a giant lizard smashed through a wall chasing a boy-man in a unitard and I said, ‘This is not grounded. I’m not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you’re a kid and reading the comics.’ I didn’t want to hide or shy away from that.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2.

Are you bummed there won’t be more Rhino, or do you think this is the right call? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Michael D Johnston

    The Rhino was an ancillary character to begin with. Pick a main villain and focus on the interaction and leave yourself open for more sequels!!! Duh..

  • Kristin T Medina

    No real character interaction here. The Rhino wasn’t connected to Spidey or Peter Parker in any way unlike Venom, The Green or Hob Goblin or The Lizard. Please try and make sure your villain has relevance.

  • Susan P Graham

    pocket liner. Why don’t you try getting back to a storyline? What about spidey accidentally killing Gwen Stacey? Do filmmakers actually read these storyies? Excuse me Mr. Lee…….?