B.J. Novak Transfers from 'The Office' to 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

First look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 costume

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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