Looks Like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ is Getting Yet Another Villain

By February 4, 2014

Last summer, I wrote about how I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may be getting a little crowded. Since then, we’ve seen more and more of the upcoming Spidey sequel, and if you thought Spider-Man 3 suffered from “too many villains” syndrome, wait until you get a load of this movie. Case in point: director Marc Webb recently unveiled who “The Office” star B.J. Novak will be playing in Spidey 2, and guess what? It’s probably another villain.

In a tweet that served as both a character reveal and promotion for Novak’s new book (which hits shelves today), Webb tweeted that Novak will be playing Alistair Smythe in the web-slinging sequel. I never got into Spider-Man comics, but I recognize Smythe as a supporting character from the animated series that ran in the 1990s. He was the son of Spencer Smythe, the creator of the Spider Slayer robots that were custom designed to hunt, capture, or kill Spider-Man. The elder Smythe died from radiation exposure from tweaking his creations, and Alistair inherited a hatred for our friendly neighborhood web-head. In the show (and the comics), he worked with Kingpin before eventually setting out on his own, and later he becomes the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.

Smythe Spider-Slayer

I’ll admit it – some of the footage we’ve seen in the trailers and Super Bowl spots for this movie looks pretty cool, and maybe if Webb just barely hints at the formation of The Sinister Six here by casually mentioning most of these villains, then maybe this film will turn out just fine. But this is a (potential) blockbuster, and with Sony’s plan obviously being to set up their own large universe to compete with Marvel Studios, I’m guessing the idea of “too many villains” isn’t too high on the studio’s priority list. Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments, and take a look at the “Enemies Unite” sizzle reel that was released after the Super Bowl if you haven’t seen it yet:

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  • dulceoster534

    And we certainly need ONE MORE villain…

    • May as well throw a bunch more in just for kicks at this point, right?

  • Catherine099

    I am worried that there won’t be enough time in the movie to build these villains up. That’s what I thought of Spider-Man 3. There could have been so much more of Venom. I really only felt like I knew the Green Goblin. Eh, still will be exciting though.

    • Right there with you. Time is probably going to be the biggest problem working against Webb and the writers here.

  • Kristin T Medina

    Why not! There’s room for 2.