Webb's Spider-Man Casts Second Villain & Peter Parker's Parents
With production looking to start later this month, the cast of Marc Webb's new Spider-Man has a few new additions. We've already gotten word of Rhys Ifans taking a villainous role as The Lizard, but apparently a second villain is being brought into the mix. Heat Vision reports the already villainous sounding actor Irrfan Kahn (Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake) is negotiating to take the role of Van Atter, a villain that no fan seems to be aware of in the Spider-Man universe. And though we've already heard Martin Sheen and Sally Field are playing Uncle Ben and Aunt May, it looks like Peter Parker's parents will appear onscreen for the first time ever.
Campbell Scott ("Royal Pains") and Julianne Nicholson ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") will play Richard and Mary Parker, the parents of our would-be wallcrawler who have sparsely been seen in any of the comic books. It's not specified whether the characters will only appear in flashbacks or if they're actually alive at the beginning of the movie during Parker's early childhood. I seriously doubt they'll be alive throughout the course of the film since much bigger names were cast for Uncle Ben and Aunt May. In addition, Annie Parisse ("Rubicon") is also negotiating to play Van Atter's wife. But who is this unknown villain anyway?
The best train of though so far comes from Bad Ass Digest who has theorized that Van Atter might be Proto-Goblin, a villain who only ever appeared in one Spider-Man comic book. Apparently the character appeared in a flashback issue as an employee who was tested on by Norman Osborne before the executive became the Goblin. This makes sense because apparently George Stacy (a role recently given to Denis Leary) plays a part in that story. In additon, another flashback issue revealed that Parker's parents were actually spies (which is kind of silly). If this is to be believed, it sounds like Webb is pulling from some really obscure comics for his Spider-Man and this might be quite an unprecedented origin story on screen. What do you guys think?