BySarah Gibson, writer at Creators.co
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Sarah Gibson

Not long ago, it was hinted that Alistair Smythe - the creator of the Spider-Man tracking series of robotic Spider-Slayers - would be appearing in Marc Webb's upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And with the trailer confirming several major characters, many of us have been wondering who or what else Sony could throw in to the Spidey sequel.

Well, Marvel Minimates Wave 56 have just hit the shelves and the set includes:

Four two-packs, including Battle-Damaged Spider-Man with Electro, Spider-Man with Norman Osborn, Graduation Peter with Gwen Stacy and a rare, one-per-case set featuring Alistair Smythe with Aleksei Sytsevich!

We already knew that these guys would feature in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the pairing of Alistair and Aleksei aka The Rhino begs the question: Will the new movie explain how some guy from the Russian mob became the robo-nightmare version of The Rhino who will be seen in the upcoming flick? ComicBook.com have given us a bit of insight:

While other characters find themselves paired up with pretty logical companion pieces - Spider-Man and Rhino, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy - mobster Aleksei Sytsevich finds himself packaged with...Alistair Smythe? Yeah, that guy. The inventor of the Spider Slayer robots, and a prime candidate to have provided the armor even before the toys seem to have given up the game.

Many have said that the Rhino's mechanical suit resembles a Spider-Slayer, so maybe it's not a coincidence that those two are paired together... What do you guys think? Interesting?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2, 2014.

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