We’ve got a good first look at Paul Giamatti
in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And he looks crazy. Giamatti plays Aleksei Sytsevich, aka Rhino. First, director Marc Webb posted this photo
on Twitter last Friday. Now a few set photos give us an even closer
look at the character. In the comics, Sytsevich is a thug in the
Russian mafia who volunteered for an experiment to be grafted with the Rhino suit that gave
him superhuman strength and speed. He betrayed the scientists behind the experiment
and ultimately went rogue where he wound up fighting Spidey. So this is apparently pre-Rhino Sytsevich. Given how the Lizard was created in the first
movie, it could be a genetic thing for Rhino, as well, rather than a suit like the comics.
Maybe they blend his DNA with a rhino’s or something. This will be the first time Rhino has appeared
on the big screen. He will be joined by Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, and Norman Osborn, who
eventually becomes the Green Goblin. Other recent set photos show Spidey holding
up a bus, although it is unclear which villain is causing the havoc. For more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, stay
tuned to IGN.