Marc Webb has confirmed that Paul Giamatti's Rhino will only be in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' for just four minutes.
The director made the announcement during his hour-long keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival on Saturday, confirming that he was very aware of the complaints made towards 2007's 'Spider-Man 3.' The last instalment to Sam Raimi's Spidey trilogy was roundly chastised for possessing too many villains, which viewers believed made the film convoluted.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, during the Q&A that followed his diatribe, Webb admitted, "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." This then led Webb to state that Giamatti is actually only "in the movie for four minutes."
It's surprising to hear that Rhino won't feature prominently alongside Jamie Foxx's Electro, as it had been suggested that the two baddies would work in tandem together to destroy Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man.
However, I have to admit that I'm slightly relieved that the 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' won't be filled to the brim with foes for Parker to deal with it. I was previously worried that it could fall into the same trap as Raimi's final edition of his cinematic trifecta since numerous villains have been rumoured to feature in the follow-up, which has included Rhino, The Green Goblin, Electro, Venom and a whole host of other mischievous fiends.
So where does that leave Giamatti's Rhino? Back in October 2013, Giamatti stated that he would be involved in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' before teasing that he doesn't think he would be in the fourth instalment, which suggests that the third film will focus on him and shows that their plan to release a new film set in the Spider-Man universe every year appears to in good shape.
Are you glad to hear that Giamatti won't feature prominently in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?