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B.J. Novak's 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Character Revealed

"The Office" alum will play Alistair Smythe, the son of the inventor of the Spider Slayer robots in the comic books.

FILM: B.J. Novak

Could B.J. Novak someday find himself playing a Spider-Man supervillian?

The actor joined The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last March, but his character was kept under wraps until Monday, when director Marc Webb spilled the beans on Twitter.

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Novak will play Alistair Smythe, who in the comic books is the son of Spencer Smythe, the inventor of the Spider Slayer robots. Alistair goes on to be a pain in Spider-Man's side as well, carrying on his father's work after Spencer's death.

Novak, who played Ryan Howard on NBC's The Office, is poised to release a debut collection of short storiesOne More Thing, in stores Tuesday.

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Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborn), Paul Giamatti (Rhino) and Chris Cooper (Norman Osborn).

The film hits theaters May 2, and released a Super Bowl spot Sunday teasing the sequel.