I’m worried about the number of villains in Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. If we do a running tally of the baddies we know are appearing, which include The Osborns (father & son), Electro and The Rhino, my palms start to sweat. I can’t see how these card-carrying members of the rogues gallery are connected – or even how they could be connected. I hope that Webb has an intelligent, conniving plan that will blow our minds, but for now, I’m remaining skeptical.
We’ve seen many images of Electro (Jamie Foxx) pour in over the last couple of months, and even an official picture of Dan DeHaan as Harry Osborn. But what of The Rhino?
I’m not sure what to make of this, but Russian YouTube collective sevenwebheads have put together a pretty convincing case that this weird man in heavy make-up is, at the very least, Paul Giamatti’s character. To me, it looks like a stuntman wearing a mask. You be the judge.
I love Mr. Giamatti as an actor and am even willing to accept a live action version of The Rhino. They were smart to initiate the rebooted franchise with The Lizard as the villain; so many of Spider-Man’s enemies are genetically modified. Still, even if Giamatti is the perfect baddie, Webb’s job is to make the film cohesive. If he doesn’t, too many villains will just feel overwhelmingly redundant.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening in theaters on May 2, 2014, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Chris Cooper, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, and B.J. Novak, swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.