'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': B.J. Novak Is Ultimate Spider-Slayer

Director Marc Webb finally confirms that 'The Office' star is playing Alistair Smythe, who takes over for his father Spencer Smythe in hunting down Spider-Man.

Ever since The Office star B.J. Novak joined the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 back in March, fans have wondered which character he is playing, since his exact role has never been revealed. We speculated last month that he may be either Doctor Octopus or Spencer Smythe, who creates the Spider-Slayer robots designed specifically to hunt and kill Spider-Man.

As it turns out, we weren't too far off, with director Marc Webb confirming today that the actor is actually playing Spencer Smythe's son, Alistair Smythe, who eventually takes over for his father, becoming Ultimate Spider-Slayer.

Check out the director's tweet, then read on for more information about Alistair Smythe.

While B.J. Novak wouldn't confirm who he was playing last month, he revealed in an interview that his character works at OsCorp, and that he is playing a character from the original comic books. He also added that he only appears in a couple of scenes in the sequel.

In the Marvel comic books, Alistair Smythe takes over the Spider-Slayer initiative to get revenge against Spider-Man and The Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson for the death of his father Spencer. At one point in the comics, Alistair is confined to a wheelchair before turning himself into the Ultimate Spider-Slayer. It hasn't been confirmed whether or not Spencer Smythe will be featured in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and since B.J. Novak already revealed he is only in a few scenes of this movie, it's possible that he will be merely introduced in the next installment, and that he will be brought back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4 as the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.

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.

Sources: Marc Webb

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Comments (4)

  1. CoreyB

    Novak has proven in the last few yrs that he's legit being in some good movies. I like the guy more power to him.

    12 months agoby @CoreyBFlag

  2. Josh

    We haven't seen any indication that Spider Slayer is in the movie, and there are already 3 villains, so I'm guessing they're setting him up for the third film. That's pretty cool. It'll be nice to see them tackle another villain we haven't seen on screen yet.

    Unless they're going to treat him like Connors in the Raimi trilogy, and have the character there but not have him turn into a villain.

    12 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. red_ruddy

    smythe dies in the videogame sequel

    12 months agoby @red-ruddyFlag

  4. Brian Gallagher

    It's about time we find out who he's playing!

    12 months agoby @gallagherFlag