Another Amazing Spider-Man Game Character Enters The Movie Universe

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Spider-Man fans might recall that Alistair Smythe, the inventor of the Spider Slayers, was a part of The Amazing Spider-Man game, which was a story we broke last year.


Alistair, in addition to Dr. Otto Octavius, was employed at Oscorp, and was responsible for building the drones (and later Spider Slayer robots) that were meant to keep cross-species hybrids like Spider-Man in check, in order to prevent further incidents like the one involving the Lizard.


Now, it looks like Alistair is making his way into the movie version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Director Marc Webb revealed over Twitter (thanks, SuperHeroHype) that Alistair will be played by B.J. Novak in the upcoming movie. Additionally, while he hasn’t been confirmed for the movie yet, Alistair’s father, Spencer Smyth, is working at Oscorp as Head Engineer, according to the movie’s viral blog.


Alistair Smythe isn’t the only example of a character from the videogames making it over into the movies. The Rhino was featured in The Amazing Spider-Man game as well, and he, too, will be in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. That leaves us with two more game characters that haven’t been confirmed for the new movie yet—Otto Octavius and the Scorpion, who was created using the Venom symbiote.


Of course, just because they aren’t in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t mean we won’t see them in future movies. You’ve probably heard that The Sinister Six—who Octavius is part of—and Venom are set to get their own spin-off movies at some point.


Marvel have always maintained that The Amazing Spider-Man games and movies are only loosely-connected, and that they both take place in their own separate universe, but oddly enough, it almost feels as though the games are signalling the future of the movies a couple of years in advance. If that’s the case, I wonder what The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will tell us about the future of the movie franchise. A recent trailer for the game did reveal Kraven the Hunter…

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.