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Will Paul Giamatti Be A Secondary Villain For The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

Paul Giamatti has played villains before but if talks for him joining The Amazing Spider-Man sequel go through, he could find himself connecting with his animal instincts. 

Looks like Peter Parker is going to have a tough time of it in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Actor Jamie Foxx has already been confirmed as the villainous Electro in the sequel but he might be getting some help thanks to Rhino.

Yes, I said Rhino. His real name is Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich and he’s basically a hired thug who’s advantage is a super strong polymer bonded to his skin allowing him strength and speed. And yes, his costume makes him look like a Rhinoceros with a human face. He’s been a long-time villain for both Spider-Man and The Hulk but was able to rehabilitate himself later on and help Spider-Man.

As it turns out, Giamatti is a huge fan of the character and spoke about him a few times last year.

“I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid,” he told Collider. “It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit, and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies.’ But maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me. … If they ever go with The Rhino, I would be ready and waiting.”

Looks like someone was listening.

(via Hollywood Reporter)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."