First launched during Comic-Con International this past summer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2's viral Tumblr feed has today been updated with the below article, "Oscorp Biz Holds Steady," from the faux The Daily Bugle's Joy Mercado. It suggests that we'll be seeing Spencer Smythe in the big screen sequel who, in the comics, invents the deadly "Spider-Slayer" robots that prove a menace to the webhead. The full text of the article reads as follows:
Despite the assault on Oscorp Tower two weeks ago and the revelation that disgruntled Oscorp employee, Dr. Curt Connors, was responsible for the attack, Oscorp’s stock has climbed four points.
Oscorp spokesman Douglas Menken provided some details from the meeting, including that the construction on the prototype alternative energy power plant, complete with hydroelectric tower, is on schedule for completion within the next year.
Other highlights included a preview of a flight harness for the military and significant advancements in robotics by the head of the engineering division, Spencer Smythe.
Oscorp personnel dismissed questions regarding Norman Osborn’s health and whether the company’s estranged heir apparent, Harry Osborn, is up to the task of running his father’s conglomerate.
Menken stated, “Between the disappearance of Dr. Rajit Ratha, the rogue actions of a very unstable former employee and Norman Osborn’s health concerns, everyone in the media will cry the sky is falling, but just the opposite is true. While everyone else ducks for cover, Oscorp is always reaching for the stars.”
If he is appearing in the May 2, 2014 release, there's a good chance that Smythe has already been cast. B.J. Novak and Colm Feore are two of the film's previously-announced stars that have not, at the moment, had their characters officially confirmed.
Also starring, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper and Sarah Gadon also star in the May 2, 2014 release directed by Marc Webb.
In the film, Peter Parker (Garfield), is finding that life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Stone), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away – but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.