More villains for Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has revealed another villain for the sequel.
The filmmaker broke the news on Twitter that BJ Novak is to play Alistair Smythe, a wheelchair-bound scientist who develops a series of Spider Slayers robots in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2.
"Almost shot ASM2 in B+W til @bjnovak's (A. Smythe) promo for his excellent book ONE MORE THING beat me to it," he tweeted.
The 34-year-old's character would be the fifth villain in the sequel, following Jamie Foxx's Electro, Paul Giamatti's Rhino and Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan's father and son, Norman and Harry Osborn.
BJ - whose initials stand for Benjamin Joseph - previously hinted he would play an Oscorp employee, but remained tight-lipped over his alter-ego.
"I'm in a couple of scenes. Yeah, I was never told whether or not I could say," he said.
"I can say that I work at Oscorp. And I am someone from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I'm somebody. I wouldn't say I'm pivotal, but I'm not an extra, either."
Marc has denied that this film has too many villains. He told Total Film: "It's about the story. Electro is the main villain. Look at Harry Potter, or the Batman movies: how many adversaries?
"Look at the comic-book world, the mythology. There are tiers of villains. I'm very confident in how the story plays out. I think it's a lazy criticism to just assume we have too many villains."
Andrew Garfield will reprise his role as Peter Parker/superhero Spider-Man, with Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which will be released on April 18.