Spider-Slayers in The Amazing Spider-Man 2... that's the latest rumour. The same story also suggests that we may be seeing Spencer Smythe appearing in the film. The film's official Tumblr account has today posted the below article, titled "Oscorp Biz Holds Steady," from their version of The Daily Bugle newspaper. Smythe is actually the creator of the Spider-Slayers; maniacal machines that hunt down ol' webhead. Not to mention, Smythe essentially becomes a Spider-Slayer himself at one point.
The faux article reads:
Despite the assault on Oscorp Tower two weeks ago and the revelation that disgruntled Oscorp employee, Dr. Curt Connors, was responsible for the attack, Oscorp's stock has climbed four points.
Oscorp spokesman Douglas Menken provided some details from the meeting, including that the construction of the prototype alternative energy power plant, complete with hydroelectric tower, is on schedule for completion within the next year.
Other highlights include a preview of a flight harness for the military and significant advancements in robotics by the head of the engineering division, Spencer Smythe.
Oscorp personnel dismissed questions regarding Norman Osborn's health and whether the company's estranged heir apparent, Harry Osbron, is up to the task of running his father's conglomerate.
Menken stated, "Between the disappearance of Dr. Rajit Ratha, the rogue actions of a very unstable former employee and Norman Osborn's health concerns, everyone in the media will cry the sky is falling, but just the opposite is true. While everyone else ducks for cover, Oscorp is always reaching for the stars."
In terms of Smythe, there's rumours that B.J. Novak or Colm Feora - both cast in the film in secret roles - may be playing the character. Also, the above 'article' serves to hint at several other possible villains. The whole mention of alternative power sources seems to point firmly at Electro, played by Jamie Foxx in Marc Webb's upcoming sequel. The mention of a flight harness? Could that be a nod towards The Vulture? Quite possibly so. Then there's the constant reminders of Norman's deteriorating health, which will likely see him injected with some sort variation of the Goblin serum by the end of the film.
The Spidey sequel will see Peter Parker looking to juggle his high school graduation, his affection for Gwen Stacy and his promise to her father that he will stay away from her, and the small matter of a couple of supervillains – namely Electro and Rhino.
Andrew Garfield returns as Pater Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben. Joining them is Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino. There’s also an unknown role for Sarah Gadon and Felicity Jones, with Jones confirmed to be playing a villain who is tied to the Green Goblin.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on 18th April, 2014.