B.J. Novak Transfers from ‘The Office’ to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is almost two months into production, and director Marc Webb hasn’t been shy about sharing teaser material on Twitter. We’ve already had a glimpse of Colm Feore in The Ravenscroft Institute, as well as an ambiguous image of a new mask that will be seen in the film, which was later confirmed by the above image to be part of Spider-Man’s new look.

Very little is currently known about the film’s plot, however, though there are an abundance of rumors going around, including the possibility that Norman Osborn will fall prey to the Venom symbiote and that Peter Parker has moved on to college. Aside from the villain reveals and the hints at a significant Ravenscroft setpiece, official plot details have been scant and it’s unclear whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be based on a particular arc from the comics, or whether it will be a collage of different stories.

On what he describes as “day 38″ of filming, Marc Webb has tweeted a picture of a new face for The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s cast – B.J. Novak, who is best known for his role as Ryan in NBC sitcom The Office. Webb jokes about the casting choice with a caption that reads, “A supposed rumor about a Dunder-Mifflin takeover of Oscorp?

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Though the caption suggests that Novak’s character will somehow be connected to Oscorp (let’s assume for now that they’re not really doing an Amazing Spider-Man/The Office crossover), Webb didn’t specify exactly who he’ll be playing. The most popular guesses right now are both villains: Alistair Smythe and Otto Octavius.

The son of robotics expert Spencer Smythe, Alistair Smythe is a Ravenscroft inmate who blames Spider-Man for his father’s death and eventually turns himself into a part-cybernetic killing machine called the Ultimate Spider-Slayer to take down his foe. Smythe was also the main antagonist in the recent Amazing Spider-Man video game. Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus was last seen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, and in the photo Novak does somewhat look like a younger, slimmer, tentacle-free Octavius.

If Novak is playing an antagonist, it will mean that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is starting to get a little too crowded on the villain front. With Jamie Foxx cast as Electro, Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, and Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan as Norman and Harry Osborn, respectively, Webb might be running the risk of the “too many antagonists, not enough screentime” issue that plagued Spider-Man 3. Unless, of course, they act efficiently and band together into one supervillain team-up á la Sinister Six.

Any Marvel fans out there have other guesses for who Novak might be playing? Tell us your suggestions in the comments.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Source: Marc Webb

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  1. Hmmm well if he would in fact be a villain i think Mysterio works best for him.

    • Well, Mysterio is one villain I would certainly like to see (the other being The Scorpion). I do not care for Rhino, but am glad to see Electro coming in there. I could live with Morbius (if not too intense for the kiddies–and he might be), but have no desire to see Vulture (Grandpa Munster in a Tweet-Bird outfit), Hobgoblin (too like Green Goblin), or Kraven. So yeah, Mysterio and/or Scorpion (for Amazing Spiderman 3, mainly because of the over-crowding problem. Too many villains, and we’d better see Daredevil or someone appear to help poor out-numbered Spidey) works for me.

      • Daredevil rights are back with marvel studio’s buddy. You will not see any people helping spider unless it’s black cat. Sony just ownes Spider-Man characters.

  2. I could see him playing Alistair Smythe before Octavius.

  3. Before anyone panics about “too many villains”, this could be as simple as a background character setting up for 3 or 4. Thats the best way to do it anyway. Electro/Rhino (main), Osborn (reveal), Smythe/Octavious/any others (set up for future).

    • Yeah I was thinking the same thing, sort of like a base to work with so people know the character before them becoming a villain.

  4. Could be miles warren/the jackel

    • The Jackal was Spidey’s ultimate foe up there with the Green Goblin for me in the original comics. It’d certainly deepen the storylines if he was included

    • No, no, no! No Jackle! We are NOT doing the clone saga lol

  5. Alistair Smythe

  6. Haha Ryan the temp! Love it. He’s actually a pretty decent actor in the other things I’ve seen him in. Excited he’s part of this movie.
    He does look like smythe but my guess is Otto. Gotta be. Honestly it’ll probably be about 5 minutes of screen time making up a simple extended cameo ala jeremey renner in Thor. Just to basically establish who he is and what he does. Hope he’s Otto that would be. Great! Unexpected casting if true but that would cool!

  7. He’s playing Peter’s father in his youth. You heard it here first.

  8. I’m going with Spot. Just so I can be the only person I the known universe purporting that Spot will be the primary antagonist in a Spider-Man film.

  9. Jackel/Mysterio/Peters father in a flash back.

    Also, I think that he will just be set up for the third movie.

  10. Ryan Howard as Doc Ock?? AWESOME.

  11. No one important. Just a Ravencroft doctor. C’mon folks, how many times have we been through this? A ‘named’ actor signs on to a comic book movie and speculations run rampant that they are this villain or that character. Remember C. Thomas Howell being cast in the first Amazing Spider-Man? People just knew he would be someone important. Turns out he was just a crane operator. Just sayin’. Don’t get your hopes up. Sometimes the most obvious answer is the right on.

  12. Alistair Smythe would be cool. I’m still waiting for a J. Jonah Jameson casting announcement!!!!!!!!

  13. he wears the same glasses that peters father wore, and later peter…

    • Everyone knows geek glasses are back in fashion though now

    • Those are definitely not the same glasses…

  14. I’m nervous. It seems like there are too many “well known stars” in this movie now. I hope they don’t go the Spiderman 3 route and instead of being a good story it gets overshadowed by the stars in the movie. Then again this might also cover the plot holes that was noticed from the previous movie as well

  15. I wish people would calm down about this too many villains, not enough screen time nonsense. We don’t even know anything about the storyline or script yet. Just because Giamatti has been cast as Rhino, doesn’t mean anything, he could literally be in the film for 10 minutes for all we know. Every villain or character introduced in the next movie doesn’t necessarily have to be established with a back story or an origin sequence. The fact that Ravencroft prison is featured is a good indication of this. We could simply have a great sequence were 1 or 2 well known villains escape and Spidey has to deal with them in the opening act, that would be fantastic.

    I’m sure the producers are well aware of the mistakes of Spiderman 3 more than anyone and will not make the same mistake twice

  16. i dont know what it is about bj novak that reminds me of topher grace ..

    • Right….are we going to get a small Venom reference with BJ “Topher Grace” Novak? LOL

  17. Anybody else see this going in to a possible Sinister Six stand alone movie….cause I sure do

    • I want a Sinister Six movie more than I want a Venom movie lol

  18. From the clothes he’s sporting I think B.J Novac is actually playing a younger Richard Parker. There’s nothing to suggest he’s playing a character who’s going to interact directly with the main characters.

  19. The Rhino will end up leading into the next hulk solo film

  20. He’s playing Phil Urich. That’s who he looks like anyway.

  21. Chameleon?

  22. I like BJ Novak…IMO hes slightly better then Topher grace…who has literally no range. I dident think Topher Grace would be the worst actor in Predators…but I was sadly mistaken.

  23. my money is on Doc ock.

  24. I wouldn’t be surprised if its Otto. I think he’s just going to briefly introduce all of these villains other than electro to step up for a sinister six movie one the 3rd movie. I’m sure he’s not gonna already introduce doc oc as the villain.

  25. Mysterio

  26. If he is playing Otto Octavius it doesn’t mean he’ll be an Antagonist in this film it’s foreshadowing future films, I believe what Mr Webb is trying to do is make a premise for Spider-man 3/4 being a Sinister 6 movie with, Green Goblin, Rhino, Lizard and Vulture. And he’s adding in these characters to lead up to the point in when they are Spidey’s Foes, the only 2 villains in this movie are Rhino as the minor leading up to Spider-Man 3/4 and Electro the Major who probably won’t return as part of the Sinister six.

  27. he is the hobgoblin

  28. J. Jonah Jameson