When we heard the villainous line-up for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there was some fear among the community that director Marc Webb might be 'doing a bit of a Spider-Man 3' and over-saturating the movie with bad guys.
Along with Jamie Foxx as Electro (perhaps the main villain), we can also expect appearances from Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin and Paul Giamati as Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino. At a recent keynote speech at the South by Southwest film festival, Webb explained that his vision for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was certainly a grand one. He said:
I'm going to embrace the spectacle. There was a moment deep in the [first film's] post-production process where a giant lizard smashed through a wall chasing a boy-man in a unitard and I said, 'This is not grounded. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics. ... I didn't want to hide or shy away from that.
However, despite his penchant for creating a spectacle, it seems like Webb is also eager to avoid over-crowding the movie. He continued:
We're obviously familiar with the complaints people had. We're very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it's very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome.
He added, for example, that Rhino would be "in the movie for four minutes." Personally, I'm not sure if that's much better, it sounds like he's gone from over-crowded to just plain under-developed. Having-said-that, it is possible Rhino will return in a greater capacity in a later movie, with this appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 acting as a bit of an appetizer.
What do you think about this? Are you disappointed Rhino's role will be a small one? Drop your opinion below.