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The Hipster Supervillain We've All Been Waiting For

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | February 4, 2014 | Comments ()

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Last March director Marc Webb tweeted a picture an on-set picture of BJ Novak, effectively announcing his involvement in The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro Boogaloo, but without telling us who the Temp will be playing. Well, yesterday Webb finally gave us a name, again via Twitter (because apparently that’s how we do these things now). In a post promoting Novak’s new book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, he slipped a bit of casting info into a parenthetical:

So Novak is playing Alistair Smythe. Full disclosure here: Spider-Man (any of the Spider-Mans - Spider-Men?) is not a comic I’ve ever read consistently. But I did spend hours upon hours of my childhood watching the 90s cartoon. Smythe’s story is one that seems a bit familiar, no? Father invents something terrible. Father dies from said terrible thing. Son blames Spider-Man. Son goes crazy and tries to kill Spider-Man. But I’m not going to complain about old storylines in a reboot. We’ve been over that, and I’m really excited for this movie.

Now, back to BJ. I like the Beej. I do. Especially in the first few seasons of The Office, when he was still the temp…

Along with his fascinating friendship with Mindy Kaling.
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But I don’t know about this casting. Like I said, I’m not familiar with this character in the comics. So maybe I’m missing something. But when I think of this:

My mind does not automatically go to this:

Although, if we’re being honest, if he kept that suit, this would probably be my favorite movie ever.

Vivian Kane thinks you should watch that video in Marc Webb’s tweet. It’s très adorable.

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  • NoPantsMcLane

    The should have cast him as the iconic villain Fire Guy.

  • xhikari

    If he terrorizes Spidey with that white suit on, I am gonna watch that movie like 20 times in the cinema!

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I do read the Spider-Man comics and I liked how they used Smythe recently, though I guess Novak will just play Smythe as a slightly evil scientist with a grudge on Spider-Man, rather than a weird guy with an exo skeleton designed to kill Spider-Man.

    Anyway, I just want to thank you for reminding me about Male Prima Donna; that song and video were hilarious, it made me miss The Office, back when it was still good.

  • Sean

    So Spider Slayer,Electro,Green Goblin 2, and Rhino in one movie? Sounds a wee bit cluttered. Still looking forward to it. After 40+ years of reading Spideman, I always will me.

  • JJ

    I'm not entirely sure how Novak playing a wheelchair-bound engineering genius (pre-armor) is so against type.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    I don't get what all of the fuss is about with the 'too many villains' thing. Rhino will be in like two scenes, Norman Osbourne looks to have ZERO role (I honestly expect him to be dead, and Harry is under some Goblin juice hallucinating him), and the other villains are just mentioned by name in some disposable viral marketing. It's not like Ryan from The Office will be the one to drop you know who off that clock tower as seen in the trailer, so let's all (*Ahnold voice) just chill for a second.

  • fracas

    I think Smythe designed/built a series of killer robots (spider slayer robots), which I could see the temp doing. He could also be involved in making Paul Giamatti's Rhino suit, since it looks pretty robotic.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Spider Slayer?
    interesting. Could be revealed as the money man behind some of the villains.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I bumped into him once while I was on vacation in LA, and he was very nice.

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