Marc Webb Confirms B.J. Novak’s Role In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Is Alistair Smythe
B.J. Novak (writer, co-executive producer, and star of The Office) was announced in an unspecified role last year in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There were no hints as to who he would be playing, but the actor said back in December that he was “in a couple of scenes” and that the only thing he was allowed to say at the time was that he worked at Oscorp who is “from the comic books, someone from the original. So, yeah, I’m somebody. I wouldn’t say I’m pivotal, but I’m not an extra, either.” Many speculated that Novak would be playing someone who had a larger role moving forward in the Spider-Man movies. The most popular theories were that the actor could be playing Dr. Otto Octavius or Alistair Smyth, a character who has been mentioned many times in the Daily Bugle viral articles. Well today Marc Webb has revealed that it is indeed Smythe.
Smythe is someone firmly planted in both the cartoon and comic book world of Spider-Man. Alistair‘s father Spencer was the originator of the Spider-Slayers program. The younger Smythe ends up inheriting the program from his father after his death and becomes a cybernetically enhanced Spider-Slayer himself. If you’re a fan of the old 90s cartoon, he was the guy in the really cool floating wheelchair. We know that there are going to be more Spider-Man movies and a few villain-centric spinoffs, so there is a good chance we could see Novak taking on a similar role as his comic book counterpart. Webb and the actor are friends, so he could pop back up to annoy Spidey in a future film. What do you think about Smythe being a part of OsCorp in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) February 3, 2014