Director Marc Webb Talks Villain Overload in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The filmmaker reveals that Paul Giamatti's Rhino character is only in the movie for 4 minutes.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be one of this summer's biggest movies, although some fans have been worried that there are too many villains, a problem that plagued Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. With Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin/Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) appearing in the May 2 sequel, director Marc Webb revealed in a Q&A session at the South by Southwest Film Festival that he is well aware with the fan criticism regarding multiple villains.

"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 also revealed that Paul Giamatti is only "in the movie for 4 minutes" as Rhino, a role he won after he appeared on Conan and revealed that he had always wanted to play the villain. The filmmaker also spoke about how he embraced the scope of this massive sequel.

"I'm going to embrace the spectacle. 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."

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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  1. LuxoIII

    @pack-rulz1978 Where's my copy of The Dark Knight and X-Men: First Class?

    7 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    And this was one of the movies I really wanted to see

    7 months agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. Clint

    Let's see: he wants it to be a big scale and fantastic & he's not shying away from throwing a bunch of villains in a movie. Yup, sounds like a recipe for success to me. Where's my copy of that awesome Batman movie, Batman & Robin, again?

    7 months agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Personally, this could end up like Scarecrow in the Nolan Batman trilogy. Not that I care how they execute the movie. They are planning a Venom and Sinister 6 movie so, you know, more off casting Rhino for the angry fans.

    7 months agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. Celestialforthcoming

    Well said everyone. I haven't seen it that way. If that is the case with Webb saving such villians as Rhino for later like the sinister six, I'll have to reflect on my past opinion and reinstate a new one. good points from all.

    7 months agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  6. gumperman

    Wow, a lot of negativety towards this article. I thought it was interesting and sounds to me like Webb knows what he's doing. I like that Rhino will only be in it for a short while, it shows to me that Spider-Man has been fighting villians this whole time since the last time we saw him and we just get to see a bit of that at the beginning. It's something that I always thought should be included in the Spider-Man films (Infact a buddy of mine and I were talking at length of this very topic sometime after the 3rd was released) and lacking from the previous ones. Why do we need to have a back story for every villian? We don't, and having one for The Sandman in Spider-Man 3 proved it's unimportance and was defiantly one of the mistakes of that film. Think of how much that character could have been if he was only featured at the beginning of that movie and that's it. Webb is defiantly steering these films in the right direction.

    7 months agoby @gumpermanFlag

  7. Mieko_Siede

    @ejk1@shuabert@pdubz I'm glad I read all of the comments first. You each weighed in on some things that I'd already had in mind. And, I agree with what each of you have had to say. Well said.

    7 months agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  8. Josh

    @CoreyB TRUTH.

    7 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. CoreyB

    1 second of giamatti is better than no giamatti

    7 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  10. TheArrow

    @shuabert exactly. And Webb has said multiple times that he's setting up stories for the rest of the films. I guarantee this won't be the last we see of Rhino.

    7 months agoby @pdubzFlag

  11. Josh

    Funny, I don't remember anyone complaining that Shelob was only in The Lord of the Rings for four minutes. As @ejk1 says, it's not the size of the role, it's the quality of the role.

    7 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  12. Josh

    @ejk1 Haha. Yes, I didn't even know he was in 12 Years a Slave, but I was unsurprised when he showed up for one scene because it just felt like he belonged there.

    7 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  13. ejk1

    @Michael-Kolesik I'm sure they'll miss you.

    Saying Rhino is in the film for four minutes could be misleading. Will his four minutes be in one shot, or strewn throughout the film, making his presence feel much weightier? In Shakespeare In Love, Judi Dench won Best Supporting Actress for eight minutes of work. It's not how long, but how effective one's presence on screen becomes. Giamatti is the type of actor that can do great things in limited time.

    7 months agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Michael Kolesik

    This is freakin' stupid. I didn't care about the "multiple villains" thing before. The only thing that had me worried was how stupid Electro (Dungeons and Dragons wannabe, anyone?) and Green Goblin looked (Old-white-guy-without-a-mask Goblin, anyone?)
    And now you're telling me that the only villain that may have looked half-way decent is only gonna be in it for 4 minutes?!
    Screw this movie. I'm not gonna pay a single penny to see it in theaters. I'm done.

    7 months agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  15. Dr-Devious

    I bet he'll be at the start of the movie..a kind of scene the avengers are doing

    7 months agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  16. Playhouse

    So, he's only the Rhino for 4 minutes, meaning we'll likely see him as Aleksei Sytsevich more than in the armor. This is setting him up to be part of the Sinister Six for either the third or fourth films.

    7 months agoby @playhouseFlag

  17. Luke Corrigan

    Wondered why there wasn't a poster, but its good there doing this just acknowledging the characters existence and not making the entire film about a characters backstory, which limits a lot of action with childhood memories. Also think of it as a cameo to set him up for Amazing Spiderman 3

    7 months agoby @lukejc94Flag

  18. Writer220

    not a good thing

    7 months agoby @writer220Flag

  19. Celestialforthcoming

    so... why put a villian in a movie that will stay on screen for four minutes? that makes no sense to me. It's as if they just added him in for sh*ts and giggles. what the f*ck? theirs no point in that at all. "We're being careful" he says. are you kidding? putting a villian for four minutes is pointless and idiotic. does marc webb think? doesn't seem like it. he wants to go big, but goes on without any indication that going big must therefore be greater control of the characters you will be involving in. transformers 2? matrix sequels? spiderman 3? this is just dumb. I swear hollywood is hiring idiocy here. And I thought marc webb knew what he was doing. never mind.

    7 months agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  20. Jainit Kapadia

    WOW....are you f*cking kidding me..this was one villain I was hoping to see in its full potential and you just made him the smallest character in the film

    7 months agoby @Jainit-KapadiaFlag