‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Paul Giamatti on the Rhino Suit & Setting Up The Sinister Six

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Paul Giamatti Talks Rhino Suit and Sinister Six The Amazing Spider Man 2: Paul Giamatti on the Rhino Suit & Setting Up The Sinister Six

Despite director Marc Webb’s campaign of strong communication with fans – during which he posted a different set photo for every single day of filming on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the plot of this sequel still (mostly) remains a mystery. Most of the clues so far, aside from Webb’s Twitter feed, have come from casting news, such as Chronicle star Dane DeHaan being cast as Harry Osborn.

The multiple superpowered villains of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 include Jamie Foxx as humble electrician Matt Dillon, who is destined to become the fearsome Electro, and Paul Giamatti as the bull-headed Russian mobster Aleksei Sytsevich, who later becomes the Rhino.

This week, Giamatti has been on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival, promoting historical drama Parkland, in which he stars alongside Zac Efron (The Lucky One) and Tom Welling (Smallville). When asked by the Toronto Sun about his role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which wrapped its 100 days of filming a few weeks ago, Giamatti described his own portrayal of Rhino as being different to the comics, but added that he didn’t try to go for a dour, serious performance:

“He’s a Russian mobster. Russians are always good villains. I have an ability to just destroy things. My accent is pretty hammy. I loved doing it. it seemed to me like an opportunity to be as over-the-top hammy as possible… These things are kind of operatic, so you need big old hammy actors sometimes. But I personally like doing stuff like that and I liked comic books when I was a little kid.”

He also confirmed that there will be some sort of Rhino suit in the movie, though he didn’t elaborate as to what that means:

“I have a particular kind of suit, but I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about it.”

What could be interesting to see, given that we’ve already had four Spider-Man movies in recent years about Peter Parker learning how to use his powers and how his role as protector of New York affects the various relationships in his life, would be a movie in which the Sinister Six were not only the villains, but also the primary subjects of the story. After all, with at least two more Amazing Spider-Man movies already in development, an anti-Avengers format with the emphasis on Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and other members of the Sinister Six banding together to take on their mutual foe could be quite refreshing.

Jamie Foxx Teases Sinister Six for Amazing Spider Man The Amazing Spider Man 2: Paul Giamatti on the Rhino Suit & Setting Up The Sinister Six

We recently speculated that Webb might already be laying the groundwork for the Sinister Six when a teaser image from the set of the film showed an otherwise unremarkable building with a prominent red number 6 on the side. Given the introduction of multiple villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a Sinister Six movie seems like it might be on the cards, something that Giamatti – though he couldn’t offer confirmation – seems to agree with. Speaking in an interview with MTV, the actor said:

“I believe there’s a lot of stage-setting for the next film. There are several villains in this movie, and some of them are more foreground and important. Jamie Foxx is and stuff. A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal… I don’t actually know [if it’s the Sinister Six], but that seems to be what they’re doing.”

Other teaser images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have hinted at a major scene taking place in the Ravencroft Institute, a maximum-security asylum where dangerous super-powered criminals are held, and where the multiple villains of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will most likely break out from. Like Giamatti, Foxx has expressed enthusiasm for the idea of a Sinister Six team-up, though he was also careful to say that this was just pure personal preference and not based on inside knowledge of such a thing.

Are you hoping that the Sinister Six will be on the cards in Spider-Man’s future, or would you prefer each film to focus on a particular bad guy and give them plenty of screen time? Tell us which direction you think this series is heading in the comments.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Toronto Sun & MTV

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  1. Cant Wait !

  2. That would be cool but I wish and hope that the scorpion and mysterio will be involved. The scorpion should have been done a while back. He’s a great villian and spidey ‘s toughest foe.

    • Yeah Scorpion was has always been my favorite villain. Maybe they’ll do shocker and kraven the hunter as well.

    • While I agree Scorpion is a great Spidey villain, I’d hardly consider him Spideyz toughest foe. I think both Venom and Carnage are tougher.

  3. Can’t wait either!

    I’m hoping Sinister Six is in store for the fourth film with some build up for a couple (not all) villains until then. My guess is Venom will have a huge part in the third film or maybe the probable spin off and everything connects by the 4th installment, ending the series with a big bang.

    Also, apparently there was a tweet sent out some time yesterday or the day before announcing that the first trailer will be released alongside Thor and The Hunger Games. Does anyone know if this is true?

    • I think it’d be dope to see Rhino have the mechanical suit from the Ultimate Comics instead of having him gene spliced. After Electro and maybe Goblin, I may get tired of the same method continually being used.

      • AND Lizard…

  4. Based on the declarations by Mark Webb I think the Sinister 6 will have the same role Maroni and the Russian had in The Dark Knight; minimal secondary characters.

    • Are you kidding me, there going to promote the Sinister Six like crazy in marketing which WILL give the film some major box office reception.

    • Sony won’t pull a “Mandarin” on the sinister 6

      • Sure because it’s a good idea to have Six major villains in a movie

        • Didn’t mean to capitalise the word six.

      • @a

        Sony won’t do a great villain portrayal? I hope they do.

  5. I think it’d be dope to see Rhino have the mechanical suit from the Ultimate Comics instead of having him gene spliced. After Electro and maybe Goblin, I may get tired of the same method continually being used.

  6. He probably means his tracksuit.
    Sony is setting up an Avengers crossover with the tracksuit mob from the Hawkguy comics.

  7. If they can’t juggle 3 villians then how can they expect to juggle 6?

    • ASM couldn’t even tell the origin story, so yeah. Say what you will (and you will), but Raimi managed to tell several plot-lines in SM 3, even with Venom and Eddie Brock forced on him.

      • Did you watch the same ASM that I did?

      • SM3 was 3 films mangled and mashed into 1 so that nothing worked. It was the reason we needed a reboot and ASM did it perfectly.

  8. His comments do not garner confidence.

  9. Of course everyone wants to see a Sinister 6! It’s every Spider-man nerds dream

  10. Sony is a shambles. Can’t wait for them to give Spider-man back to Marvel Studios so he can finally be done right on film!

    • Spiderman WAS done right on film. In a little known movie called The Amazing Spider-Man. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

      And also, great idea. Give the character back to Marvel and then Marvel Studios can deal with the nerd rage when they don’t have the time or money to even write a Spiderman movie, let alone release several over an ongoing story arc.

      • It’s never going to happen, but come on, if Spider-Man made its way back to Marvel, a new Spider-Man movie would IMMEDIATELY go into development. He’s their flagship character.

        • Yeah and he would deff be given a place in Avengers 3

  11. Greater story arcs sure seem to be getting popular among new franchises.

  12. id say if they put the sinister six in then spidey needs to do a team up take them down. anyone agree?

    • I agree. He needs Harry or Flash to help him, as Venom. At the very least.

      • Yeah he has trouble handling one villain, but add 5 more who are extreme powerhouses then maybe venom or even kraven the hunter would be okay to add in

  13. I liked TASM a lot and look forward to TASM 2. Not sure about Sinister Six though. Spidey was clearly no match for Lizard one-on-one in TASM. Based on what we know of TASM 2, Electro is “god-like” and it will probably take a ton of luck for Spidey to take him down. Rhino may be more of a comic relief villain, but he’s still super strong and there’s no conceivable way for Spidey to actually hurt him.

    Just these three villains we know for certain sound too much for Spidey to handle. I know that one of the central idea behind SS is the in-fighting between the villains giving Spidey chances… but come on. I can’t see Spidey taking down six villains by himself, most of whom more powerful than he is. It’s just not believable on screen.

    • agreed if they did this they would 1) need to get Spidy very skilled very quick and 2) give him someone to team up with

      • I prefer teammates to powering up. Spidey is my fav precisely because he’s a local small-timer doing the best he can with his limited powers (and abundant humor). I don’t need him to be the super-superhero defeating six supervillains all at once.

        Spidey needs just a couple of teammates. So long as they trust each other and learn to combine different powers effectively, it’s not inconceivable that they can take on a team of villains who work poorly together.

    • It’s been a regular theme in the comics for Spidey to take on more powerful opponents and beat them through being faster or smarter. It would be nice if the films could show that side of him as he gains experience.

      • I don’t mind Spidey taking on each stronger-than-him opponent and winning – that’s part of the thrill with the character. I just have trouble believing he can defeat six of them by himself, all at once.

  14. I’ve said it before but I really hope they avoid the Sinister Six as it’s pretty dull. If we really need a bad guy team up then going with a Kingpin or Jackal story would be much better (Maximum Clonage would be amazing on screen).

  15. You guys are dull minded creatures, NO PRODUCTION group(idc who it is0 will NOT put 6 villians in ONE! Spidey will not take all of ’em at once! Now that being said, It would be pretty cool if we got a team up no matter what! Luke Cage and spidey maybe, IDK why but those 2 together just make me smile! Or a Spidey and Deadpool, which will never happen but would be AWESOME. Spidey and Venom(Harry or Flash) would also be a good choice. Spidey and Wolverine, if they hadn’t used him enough already…

  16. Sinister 6 down the road? Sign me up!

  17. Good idea, to include the sinister six, as a reference But, i think the ss./(sinistersix) should have a spin off tv series or side series of new films(to set up the villains(: doc ock, electro, and all) And keep spider-man films, with one central villain.

  18. I think they should put all of Dem on 1 movie because it would take a additional 6′ years for all the villians and then they would get wacker because they would run out of ideas.