After much speculation about which character he'll be playing, filmmaker Marc Webb has revealed that actor B.J. Novak's character in the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be that of Alistair Smythe.
In the comics, Alistair is the son of 'Spider-Slayer' creator Spencer Smythe. Spider-Slayers are a series of robots that sought to destroy Spider-Man, and Spencer died after prolonged exposure to the radioactive samples.
Alistair inherited the legacy from his father and became a villain in his own right called the 'Ultimate Spider-Slayer'. He not only built more robots but also body armor that can enhance his strength.