EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man Gets a Set of Parents and Another Villain
Campbell Scott . . . and [Julianne] Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will be Parker’s parents, who leave their son an orphan. Parker’s parents have rarely been seen in the various Marvel comic book series and have never appeared on-screen. It is unclear if they will appear in flashbacks, in a prologue or during the course of the movie.
[Irrfan] Khan, best known for his work in Slumdog Millionaire, is playing a villain named Van Atter, joining Rhys Ifans as the movie’s bad guys. . . .Hollywood Reporter
, December 3Is Proto-Goblin The New 'Spider-Man' Reboot Villain?
Just a little while ago, news hit the wire that "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Irrfan Khan was cast as a second villain in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot. The character's name was listed as "Van Atter," leaving many comic fans to ask, "Who?"
Well, it looks like we might have an answer to that question in the form of late-1990s character Nels Van Adder, an early test subject for one of Norman Osborn's projects who mutated into a creature called "Proto-Goblin." The character's one and only appearance can be found in 1997's "Peter Parker, Spider-Man" #1, in a story written by Howard Mackie and titled "The Macabre Mystery Of The Proto-Goblin."
If this is indeed the character Khan will play in the film, it sheds some light on a few potential elements of the plot and timeline for the as-yet-untitled 2012 reboot of the "Spider-Man" movie franchise. . . .
The story also features a prominent role for Captain George Stacy (played by Denis Leary in the film), the father of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). . . .
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