Looks likes Paul Giamatti is having a blast in his
mech warrior CG rendering suit on set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The actor plays one of the film’s primary villains, Aleksei Sytsevich (aka. The Rhino). Also present in these images: Mini Spidey*
According to CBM, the scene they’re filming on set in NYC involves The Rhino on a rampage through city streets. Spider-Man swings down on top of a squad car and starts belittling him by yelling through a bullhorn. Apparently, calling The Rhino “a mechanized hippopoamus” will really hurt Sytsevich’s feelings.
So, the big news here is that The Rhino won’t actually be a “human modified by organics” villain like The Lizard. This contradicts the villain’s actual origin story, in which Sytsevich is an Eastern European thug who “volunteered to participate in an experiment that bonded a super strong polymer to his skin, thus augmenting his strength and speed.” Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner have modified and adapted the origin story to a second major iteration of The Rhino: “In Amazing Spider-Man #617 (March 2010). In it, a reformed Sytsevich aids Spider-Man against a new version of the character after Sytsevich turned down Doctor Trauma’s offer to give him a new Rhino armor. This caused Doctor Trauma to give the offer to an unnamed human.
*Mini Spidey is not the confirmed name of this teeny Petey Parker.
In “The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2,” 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 is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers. The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.