“Spider-Man” adds second villain, Peter Parker’s parents, hints at origin story?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some extremely interesting twists in the ongoing production of Marc Webb’s as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot. (Man, I can’t wait until that puppy gets a title!)

Let’s start with the fact that we’ll apparently get to meet the parents of Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield. Heat Vision is reporting that Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson will appear in the film as Parker’s parents, even though the characters received very little face time in Marvel’s original books. At different stages of Spider-Man’s run, Richard and Mary Parker were everything from robots created by The Chameleon to agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s unclear what role they will play in Webb’s film, but I think their inclusion, as all, is very interesting.

So, too, is the news that the great Irrfan Khan is in negotiations to play a villain in the film named Van Atter. Who? Yeah, I have no idea either. Van Atter has no recognizable history in the Spider-Man universe, though the Badass Digest posted an update about the Proto-Goblin, who appeared in one comic that happened to tell a flashback story. Man, that doesn’t help clear things up at all. In fact, it makes the picture a little blurrier in terms of the type of story Webb intends to tell.

Still, the cast is taking shape. We already have Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard, and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Webb’s Spider-Man movie swings into theaters July 2012.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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