At SXSW, Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb revealed that the Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti, will only be in the movie for a scant four minutes.
GOOD. Three villains is too many, something Webb is well aware of. “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.” Translation: “Yes, we know you hated Spider-Man 3. This won’t be Spider-Man 3.”
I am a fan of this. Especially if we’re going to end up with yearly installments of this franchise, there’s more than enough time to world-build. Let’s not forget: Sinister Six is practically right around the corner, so there’s no reason Giamatti can’t suit back up for that, right? Introducing a villain in a scant four minutes (something we’ll likely see with Batroc in Captain America: Winter Soldier and Baron von Strucker in Avengers: Age of Ultron, or at least that’s my hope) provides fan service, introduces the character without devoting two-plus hours to them (Rhino? C’mon.), and opens the door for them to pop up later.
As somebody who gets giddy over the little things like the Journey into Mystery billboard in Thor and the original, WWII-era Human Torch showing up in Captain America, just imagine the amount of fan-goo I’ll excrete when Rhino shows up, even if it’s just for four minutes.
And, lest we (re: me) mince words, Spider-Man 3 was the worst. Maybe not as bad as X3, but still absolutely wretched.[via Metro]