1/29/2013



Paul Giamatti is in talks to play "The Rhino" in, an already crowded film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Above Image: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) The Rhino (Paul Giamatti)

The biggest problem with Spider-Man 3 is it had too many people fighting for screen time. Is this happening again?


The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man that grossed over $750 million. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2014.


Wikipedia describes The Rhino (Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich), who first appeared back in "Amazing Spider-Man" #41 - 43 (Oct. - Dec. 1966) as "a thug for hire working for an Eastern Bloc country. He volunteered to participate in an experiment that bonded a super strong polymer to his skin, thus augmenting his strength and speed, resulting in the Rhino alias."


Back in 2011, he told Showbiz Spy, “I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. 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." On the Conan O'Brien Show he gushed, "He was a Russian guy. He was real fast and hit stuff real hard."

Giamatti said was "ready and waiting" if the Spider-Man films ever included The Rhino. It looks like they're taking him up on his offer.

Let's do a roll call:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast includes Andrew Garfield (as Spider-Man), Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (as the villain Max "Electro" Dillon) Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn), Shailene Woodley (as Mary Jane Watson), Sally Field (as Aunt May), Martin Sheen (as Uncle Ben) is coming back in flashbacks and they're talking to Felicity Jones about an unnamed role.


That is a ton of people to squeeze into a movie.

Does anyone else feel Deja Vu? Am I the only one worried about this?

Via The Hollywood Reporter

  What do you think about the casting of "The Rhino"? Does this mean anything for the film to you?

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9 comments:

Maurice Mitchell said...

It depends how they work the story. Two villains worked in the recent Batman movies because there was a connection forged between the two. If they go the lame Spidey 3 route and just have them say, Hey let's hook up and kill Spider-Man! then it will be bad.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Two villains so far. Maybe if they teamed up together it would be like one. Then again, you have multiple heroes in Avengers, so I think multiple villains could be done as well.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I don't mind minor characters, but I don't like crowding in the major players. That seems like too much for a standard 2-hour movie.

Maurice Mitchell said...

There are a lot of major players in this film Medeia. In a book or a movie it can be distracting.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm not too worried. The Lizard kind of failed in the first one because they spent too much time getting to the transformation, so that it felt obligatory and uninspired when it finally happened, just a generic monster. I assume if anything the next film will handle that differently, and thus probably be able to handle two villains better than one.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Multiple villains can work Alex, if it's done right.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Exactly Pat. Spider-Man 3 was the worst example of this. Venom just wallks up to Sandman and says, "Hey, why don't we kill the spider together?" Ridiculous.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Here's hoping Tony, but with three back stories to tell (Rhino, Electro and Mary Jane) will it get confusing?

Joe said...

Effects-wise, I thought Spider-Man 3 was getting somewhere though, it appeared to be handled even better than 2 and it was progressing.

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