"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" already announced its main villain in 2012 when Jamie Foxx signed on to play Electro. However, The Hollywood Reporter announced on Jan. 28 that another bad guy is on the way to the project, as Paul Giamatti signed on to play The Rhino.
Now, before people get worried that "Amazing Spider-Man" is travelling down the old Batman road with too many enemies, there could be a very cool explanation for this new addition. Rhino and Electro could possibly signify the arrival a large group of villains known as the Sinister Six.
If "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" brings in the Sinister Six to play the part of the villains, that would be going back to one of the hero's earliest and most deadly opponents. The super villain team's first appearance was in "Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 in 1964.
The original team consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture. Over time other villains joined the ranks, always from Spider-Man's enemy gallery.
Even in the new Marvel Now comics, the Sinister Six have made an early appearance in the pages of "Superior Spider-Man" with a mishmash of B-level villains.
Whether there is a team of villains or not, an actor like Paul Giamatti is not brought in for a minor role, so he should play a big part alongside Jamie Foxx as the two make Spider-Man's life rough.
“I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid,” Giamatti said. “It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies,’ but maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me...If they ever go with The Rhino I would be ready and waiting.”
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters on May 2, 2014 and filming starts next month.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.