Paul Giamatti Confirms Return as Rhino in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′

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Paul Giamatti Talks Rhino Suit and Sinister Six Paul Giamatti Confirms Return as Rhino in Amazing Spider Man 3

Marvel Studio’s long-term approach to superhero movie franchise building has encouraged 20th Century Fox and Sony to follow its example with their own Marvel comic book film properties (X-Men/Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, respectively). As such, even though post-production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently ongoing, Sony has gone ahead and set theatrical premiere dates for both the third and fourth installments in that series (in addition to screenwriters for Amazing Spider-Man 3).

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel will bring multiple antagonists into the fold, including Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – the feeble electrician who transforms into the megalomaniacal Electro – and Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti), a Russian mob enforcer who becomes a powerful-yet-dull-witted monster known as Rhino. Oscar-nominee Giamatti has, in the past, admitted that he will don some kind of Rhino suit in the film, but suggested that his character will be “more hanging around the background” while Spidey (Andrew Garfield) battles Electro.

Giamatti spoke more about the Amazing Spider-Man franchise during a recent interview with Collider (to promote his new movie, the JFK assassination drama Parkland); there, the hot discussion topic concerning why Rhino won’t be a central threat in the second film – i.e. because he’s being “saved” for a potential Sinister Six appearance down the line – was raised once again. The actor didn’t have much of anything new to offer on that front, however, as he told the site:

“It seems like [these films are leading to a Sinister Six teamup], they’ve not told me anything hard and fast about that.”

Three potential members for the Sinister Six organization – Lizard (Rhys Ifans), Electro and Rhino – will, for certain, have been introduced into the Amazing Spider-Man universe by the time the second movie ends. Additionally, the new face of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) has said that we can expect “better things” from the character in Amazing Spider-Man 3 (e.g. a Green Goblin transformation?). In the meantime, rumors continue to swirl, with respect to whether Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn is going to become Green Goblin II or possibly Venom in the Amazing Spider-Man continuity (a la the Ultimate Spider-Man animated cartoon series).

Spider Man versus All His Villains Paul Giamatti Confirms Return as Rhino in Amazing Spider Man 3

As for Rhino being a member of the Sinister Six: Giamatti reaffirmed that it’s a strong possibility, when he confirmed that he’s signed on for a multi-picture deal (looks like franchise building trumps dramatic tension yet again). However, even though the actor seemed fairly confident that he’s all set to reprise his hammy Russian villain act in Amazing Spider-Man 3, he isn’t formally set for the fourth movie just yet:

“I think i’ve only done the next movie [i.e. ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′], I don’t think I’ve done the next, next movie [i.e. ‘Amazing Spider-Man 4′].”

In all fairness, though, there’s a reasonable chance that no cast members are firmly set for Amazing Spider-Man 4 yet (it won’t arrive until Summer 2018, after all), so Giamatti not having inked a deal yet doesn’t mean all that much at this stage. The important thing is that Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 director Marc Webb has strongly hinted that a future installment will revolve around the Sinister Six; specifically, the fourth movie, as he teased earlier this year:

“I think [for] the fourth movie, what we’ve discovered is there are so many ancillary characters, that have enormous, cinematic potential that there may be other ways to exploit those characters, in a way that is exciting and fun and worthwhile. It might not just be a ‘Spider-Man’ movie.”

Between those comments from Webb and Foxx having announced that Sinister Six is a topic that’s been discussed behind the scenes on Amazing Spider-Man 2… well, it’s gotten to the point where fans can feel safe in speculating about who will be included in the Sinister Six lineup, based on the cast additions to the sequel (ex. Felicity Jones as Black Cat or Menace?). And who knows what other traditional Spidey baddies will show up in Part 3 (A new screen version of Doc Ock? Abandoned Spider-Man 4 antagonist Vulture?)…

Who do you think will ultimately make the cut for the Sinister Six (assuming such a team-up happens in the Amazing Spider-Man films?)


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 10th, 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 on May 4th, 2018.

Source: Collider

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  1. Sweet! Now I know he lives! Awesome spoiler!

    Not like I care but Im sure someone will.

    • Well this is exactly what the screenrant guys were talking about the other day.

      But I suppose we already knew the sinister six was coming so it was unlikely that Rhino was going to die.

    • Exactly, thanks for ruining the tension.

    • C’mon now kids…

      …for all you know he does die and his role in AS3 could be via flashbacks.

      • Come on now guys. If you really wanted to stay spoiler free, you wouldn’t be coming to a website like this.

    • I know right wtf …lmao

  2. Yeah, thanks for the spoilers!! Sheesh!! Now we can all sit back and watch AS2 knowing that none of the villains are actually going to be defeated in that movie! :-/

    • Spoiler: Spider-Man is in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

      How are you going to watch AS2 now? lol

      • As long as they throw in some twists and turns to keep the character development interesting, I won’t have too many complaints 😉

      • …not really the same thing, is it?

        It’s not unreasonable to want to keep a smidge of dramatic tension by not knowing if the villains survive the movie (though I had already heard the sinister 6 rumors, so it’s not a huge surprise)

        You don’t even need to read the article. It’s there in the headline. I was just casually scrolling through the headlines.

        • Trust me, I would LOVE if the studios just took things one film at a time and didn’t make all their future plans public. I’m a big supporter of dramatic tension in films. Keeps things interesting.

          If you’re interested, read the feature Sandy linked in this article for my full take.

        • Thing is, all of these big franchise roles are multi-picture contracts and therefore, are inherently spoiled from the get-go.

          You just wait until they start casting Star Wars actors and see who gets deals for the trilogy and who doesn’t.

      • Awesome! >.<

      • SPOILER SPOILER: In Amazing Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man uses web slingers


  3. So, we can now deduce which villains will be in spidey 3. If spidey 4 involves Venom/Carnage or is even a Venom spinoff film, and they are indeed building to a sinister six, and the plot device is “splicing animal genes with humans” then the additions will likely be:

    Vulture (toomes with buzzard dna), Kraven (they’d have to change his origin a bit and include lion/leopard/tiger dna), Scorpion (gargan with scorpion dna but his tail weapon makes him alot like lizard and they may pass on gargan). Mysterio doesn’t really fit, and the other members sandman, doc ock we’ve seen very recently in the Raimi films and will not likely to be used.

    • I doubt it’s ALL gene splicing. a 60 year old guy with vulture splicing doesn’t make much sense. Not much incentive to mess with vulture DNA either. I think he’ll be mostly mechanical. (…mechanical wings, with a Grinch suit on for his overall costume. Haha)

      I’m also thinking that Rhino will be more bio-mechanical – some injections here,some semi-mechanical elements with biological rhino muscle/skin integrated and fused to him.

      I think Kraven’s brilliant, psychotic human with tribal drugs and training. Almost like a jungle Batman!

      Scorpion…I’ve always seen the character as a character cousin of the Spider-man character. In this case I would think he might have some scorpion DNA that enhances his abilities, but add on a bio-suit and mechanical tail (Similar to Doc Oc, and just like how Spidey has his mechanical web-shooters). Spray paint it matte green with dark green highlights and some emerald plates and you’re good to go!

  4. Cool. Really excited about the sequel(s), it looks like it’s going to be intense. I’m just hoping all the villains don’t end up being gene spliced. So far Lizard and it looks like Electro will be gene spliced and possibly Goblin (which I’m hoping for actually) too. Here’s hoping Rhino isn’t, I’d love to see him put on a real mechanical suit.

  5. Spider man an X-men

  6. Is it confirmed for sure that Jamie Foxx is returning? Maybe there’ll be a twist where he actually dies and is not part of the Sinister Six, with Rhino moving on and Green Goblin etc.

    • His comments kind of prove otherwise…he said a while back that electricity never dies, it just goes somewhere else.

  7. I’m thinking BJ Novak just MIGHT end up being named Otto

    • That’s Sarge’s dog in Beetle Bailey!

    • Actually I think he’ll turn out to be Chameleon

  8. Electro looks cool. Rhino–naw.
    Let’s have Mysterio and Scorpion next.

    • Still haven’t seen him as Rhino yet, brah.

  9. I didn’t care that Scarecrow popped up in all three of the Dark Knight films. I’d got as far as saying that Scarecrow was a nice bit of levity. Some might say that he was unnecessary, but… “Not my diagnosis!”

    Hopefully, Rhino will be more than the guy that charges at Spider-Man and then Spider-Man jumps out of the way so Rhino runs into something and hurts himself x100

  10. Amazing Spider-man – Lizard
    Amazing Spider-man 2 – Electro and Rhino – after credits scene hints the black suit.
    Amazing Spider-man 3 – Sinister Six (Electro, Rhino, Lizard, Vulture and Kraven led by Green Goblin) – Spidey defeats them by using the black suit – after credits shows Eddie Brock
    Amazing Spider-man 4 – Venom fights Spidey, then they have to team to fight Carnage.

    Webb did say No. 4 will be a team up movie.

    • Yeah but a team up of who? Heroes or villains?

      • it’s funny that some people are complaining about knowing too much info, and some are actively seeking as much info as possible. :)

  11. awesome!

  12. I’d like ASM4 to be a team up of Spidey and the FF.


  14. Ohhh man Sinister six Sinister Six…. Ok calm down That means Doc Ock for sure! Oh yeah hope Kraven and Scorpion are some how featured as main villains Kraven and Ock really would be great characters too add in.

  15. Why’s everyone upset about ‘spoilers’ in this article? Of course Rhino doesn’t die in The Amazing Spider-Man 2! I mean, it’s not a Superman film…

    • To be fair in the original Spider-Man movies the bad guys just somehow got themselves killed. Green Goblin impales himself on his own glider, Doc Ock drowns trying to stop his own doomsday machine, Hob-Goblin gets killed trying to stop Brock who dies trying to reclaim the Venom Symbiote.

      Yet Peter doesn’t question how everyone he fights die somehow. Maybe all we’re seeing is the lie Peter tells Mary Jane when she finds out “Yeah urm that totally wasn’t me, Brock blew himself up and that Sandman guy had a change of heart and went to Mexico…forever”

  16. While he doesn’t exactly say it in his comments, it seems like there’s the potential for and X-MEN or Fantastic Four crossover. I think it would be Fox’s interest to do some crossover films. X-MEN is essentially getting a reboot, FF is getting a reboot, and I think fans would really go for a combined universe on the Fox side of Marvel. Not sure if it’ll actually happen but it’d be a lot of fun.

  17. Come on now guys. If you really wanted to stay spoiler free, you wouldn’t be coming to a website like this.

  18. Those of you crying spoilers…
    1. Don’t go to a sight that rants about movie news
    2. If you follow comics you know that Rhino is a character that shows up in Spider-man all the time so he wouldn’t be killed off in the first appearance. Plus, its a comic movie. Characters always come back in some fashion.
    3. If you want to blame SR then blame Paul Giamatti also (sarcasm). He admitted to being cast in multiple films. Doesn’t that give the answer away?
    4. if that’s the case we can blame almost every actor for spoilers since we know many of them in Marvel movies are signed on to multiple pictures. SPOILER ALERT! Captain America wont die in Winter Soldier cause he is signed on for Avengers 2. Thor wont die in Dark World as he is set to reprise his role in Avengers 2. Oopss….

  19. this movie is leading to nowhere. Vulture should have been the villain of this movie. A villain like electro feels too early. This film is going to suck. We need the most powerful jumping-non-flying villain possible. Also Jamie Foxx was a really bad choice to play electro. Electro is a white and british guy. A white and BRITISH genius. Gosh, this film is going to fall and flop out of the sack.

  20. thats really good

  21. Rhino is not apart of the Sinister Six

  22. Actually it is the last years information. Amazing Spiderman 3 had been postponed on 2018. No news for amazing Spiderman 4