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

Feb. 3, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Theres been speculation over B.J. Novaks role in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Well maybe not much since people keep forgetting that hes even in the movie. Finally, director Marc Webb has given us a character name. He actually sort of just dropped it while promoting Novaks new book One More Thing:

Who is A. Smythe? None other than Alistair Smythe. Still drawing a blank? I figured you might. I did until I saw a photo. I remember this character best as a gargoyle with a mullet from the 90s animated Spider-Man series (voiced by Maxwell Sexy Rexy Caulfield). Alistairs father Spencer originally created a group of spider slayers to attack the webslinger. The attempt failed and Spencer lost his life. Ready for vengeance, Alistair himself became the ultimate spider slayer and went after our hero.

Theres two costumes for the character. Im thinking they may not go with the 90s mullet look:

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4:06AM on 02/04/2014

I called this months ago

This isn't villain overload, Smythe isn't going to be a combat villain. Each of Nolan's Batman films balanced multiple villains pretty effortlessly (you start counting all of the mobsters and such and it really adds up) they were just smart by not trying to make them all the main attraction. Electro is going to be the main villain in this one, they've made that clear, and Rhino and Norman and Harry and whoever else will have secondary roles just like Dent, Lau, Gambol, The Chechen and Scarecrow
This isn't villain overload, Smythe isn't going to be a combat villain. Each of Nolan's Batman films balanced multiple villains pretty effortlessly (you start counting all of the mobsters and such and it really adds up) they were just smart by not trying to make them all the main attraction. Electro is going to be the main villain in this one, they've made that clear, and Rhino and Norman and Harry and whoever else will have secondary roles just like Dent, Lau, Gambol, The Chechen and Scarecrow all had in TDK. Smythe is a scientist and his involvement fits perfectly with the Oscrop experiment route they're goijg with for creating the other villains.
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7:45AM on 02/04/2014
I agree. I think it only becomes a problem when they give each villain a long origin story. Most of the batman villains, even the Joker were just there. Two-Face was the only one that got an origin story.
I agree. I think it only becomes a problem when they give each villain a long origin story. Most of the batman villains, even the Joker were just there. Two-Face was the only one that got an origin story.
3:14AM on 02/04/2014

How many potential villains do we have now? They mine as well just call this one the sinister six?

MORE VALIANS!

SPIDER-MAN/SONY IF YOU EVER READ THIS. YOU HAVE THE LIMITTED RIGHTS TO THE PUNISHER since his first appareance was in Amazing Spider-Man... USE HIM IN A SPIDER-MAN VS PUNISHER MOVIE where duh' they have to join forces to take down the real threat.
SO MANY BETTER POSSIBLITES THEN GIVING US 10 secret VALIANS in the movie then choosing the six that tested best with the Audience.
MORE VALIANS!

SPIDER-MAN/SONY IF YOU EVER READ THIS. YOU HAVE THE LIMITTED RIGHTS TO THE PUNISHER since his first appareance was in Amazing Spider-Man... USE HIM IN A SPIDER-MAN VS PUNISHER MOVIE where duh' they have to join forces to take down the real threat.
SO MANY BETTER POSSIBLITES THEN GIVING US 10 secret VALIANS in the movie then choosing the six that tested best with the Audience.
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10:20AM on 02/04/2014
Actually Marvel had the rights reverted back to them almost three years ago..
Actually Marvel had the rights reverted back to them almost three years ago..
10:22AM on 02/04/2014
and the comics have nothing to do with movie rights..
and the comics have nothing to do with movie rights..
2:36AM on 02/04/2014
ooh this is very good news! Smythe is like the evil version of Q.
ooh this is very good news! Smythe is like the evil version of Q.
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12:30AM on 02/04/2014
"Hey bearded guy, we're trying to take a brooding photo of Novak over here to go in the press kit. Could you, like, get the fuck out of the shot?!"
"Hey bearded guy, we're trying to take a brooding photo of Novak over here to go in the press kit. Could you, like, get the fuck out of the shot?!"
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11:19PM on 02/03/2014
That was a really well-made trailer for his book. I love that BJ Novak continues to work with Mindy Kaling, and that she appears in this video. He also serves as a producer on her show, which I don't particularly enjoy. In fact, I don't think very highly of Novak either. What am I writing?

Oh, I guess there was some Spider-Man news. Okay. Cool. Whatever.
That was a really well-made trailer for his book. I love that BJ Novak continues to work with Mindy Kaling, and that she appears in this video. He also serves as a producer on her show, which I don't particularly enjoy. In fact, I don't think very highly of Novak either. What am I writing?

Oh, I guess there was some Spider-Man news. Okay. Cool. Whatever.
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1:01AM on 02/04/2014
This comment was the funniest thing I've read today.
This comment was the funniest thing I've read today.
10:52PM on 02/03/2014
I really really hope this film knows what it's doing with all of the villains. Because by now that's the only BIG aspect of this film that has me really drawn into the film. Would love for them to successfully do the Sinister Six storyline.
I really really hope this film knows what it's doing with all of the villains. Because by now that's the only BIG aspect of this film that has me really drawn into the film. Would love for them to successfully do the Sinister Six storyline.
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8:47AM on 02/04/2014
Agree 100%...The villains are really to only interesting part of the reboot. Because now we are sitting through another character arc and love story for a character that already had all of these things in the previous trilogy.
Agree 100%...The villains are really to only interesting part of the reboot. Because now we are sitting through another character arc and love story for a character that already had all of these things in the previous trilogy.
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10:41PM on 02/03/2014

Little Faith

I love how people don't know who Smythe is and yet they can immediately declare he has no place in this movie.

Developing the tech and bio advancements that power the Sinister Six requires a brilliant scientific mind and Smythe is just that, especially with Osborne being on his death bedl
I love how people don't know who Smythe is and yet they can immediately declare he has no place in this movie.

Developing the tech and bio advancements that power the Sinister Six requires a brilliant scientific mind and Smythe is just that, especially with Osborne being on his death bedl
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9:06PM on 02/03/2014
Never heard of him. I'm sure he's just a cameo character, like Dr. Connors was in the Raimi films. At least, I hope. There are so many more interesting villains to do before him (Vulture, Carnage, Hydro-man, Scorpion, etc.)
Never heard of him. I'm sure he's just a cameo character, like Dr. Connors was in the Raimi films. At least, I hope. There are so many more interesting villains to do before him (Vulture, Carnage, Hydro-man, Scorpion, etc.)
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8:01PM on 02/03/2014
Its Clothes-hanger Shoulder Guy!
Its Clothes-hanger Shoulder Guy!
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