B.J. Novak’s role in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” has officially been revealed.
Director Marc Webb on Monday sent out a Tweet promoting Novak’s book “One More Thing.” In the tweet he referred to Novak as A. Smythe. Comic fans recognized that name and took it as confirmation that Novak would play the character Alistair Smythe. While no official word from the studio has been given Novak is listed on the IMDB entry for “Amazing Spider-Man 2” as playing Alistair Smythe.
In the Marvel comics Smythe is the wheelchair bound son of Spencer Smythe, creator of the Spider-Slayers, a group of robots designed to search for and destroy Spider-Man. After his father died Alistair continued his father’s quest to kill Spider-Man. Despite his disability he has a history of physically changing himself by using technology, both through robotics and biology. When the Spider-Slayers don’t work he decides to take on Spider-Man himself, and with the help of an exoskeleton he becomes The Ultimate Spider-Slayer. Those who watched the “Spider-Man” animated series from the 90s may remember Smythe as one of the right hand men of the Kingpin.
Novak said that his role in the film isn’t “pivotal.” It is speculated that his role may be just a cameo and that he will appear in any subsequent sequels and spinoffs.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is set for release on May 2. Marc Webb returns to direct, this time from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacey and Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Dane DeHann have been cast as Electro, Rhino and Green Goblin respectably.
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