Marc Webb reveals which Amazing Spider-Man 2 baddie only gets 4 mins of screen time

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Nov 11, 2014, 12:57 PM EST (Updated)

Worried about villain fatigue in Amazing Spider-Man 2? Well, director Marc Webb is trying to put our minds at ease.

While speaking at SXSW, Webb said he thinks he’s finally figured out the type of Spider-Man movie he wants to make, by balancing the grounded elements with the utter insanity of having a kid swinging around New York City with super spider powers.

He also addressed complaints about cramming in a few too many villains, and revealed that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) is only in the film for a total of four minutes. So, he’s definitely just a minor player ... at least in this film.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments, via The Hollywood Reporter:

"I'm going to embrace the spectacle. There was a moment deep in the [first film's] post-production process where a giant lizard smashed through a wall chasing a boy-man in a unitard and I said, 'This is not grounded. I'm not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you're a kid and reading the comics. ... I didn't want to hide or shy away from that.

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. [The Rhino is] in the movie for four minutes.”

From what we currently know, the film will feature at least three villains, including headliner Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). But it sounds like Webb is aiming for some balance by sprinkling in characters like Rhino to flesh out the universe — not necessarily to create a Sam Raimi-esque overload ala Spider-Man 3. Here’s hoping, at least.

Are you glad to hear Rhino will have limited screen time? What do you think of Webb’s approach?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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