paul giamatti rhino

Ever since it was announced that Mark Webb had selected Paul Giamatti to portray goofy Spider-Man villain The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we’ve had our doubts.  Giamatti is an excellent actor, but… the Rhino?  Especially after the underwhelming version of the Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man, the Rhino just seemed like a misstep.

While I’m not saying we were wrong at all, the newest image from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set—that of Giamatti as the Rhino (or, rather, his alter-ego)—isn’t as disappointing as it could have been (like Electro, for instance).  Rather, he looks just as some fans assumed he would after the leaked set video last month.

Webb released the image via Twitter last week with the following message: Привет Америка. Познакомьтесь с Алексеем Сицевичем!  Roughly translated, that comes out to “Hello America. Meet Aleksei Sytsevich!”

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Aleksei Sytsevich is, of course, the name of the Russian goon who eventually becomes the Rhino in the Spider-Man comics.

Giamatti looks appropriately menacing and pissy as Sytsevich, but we’re still holding out on forming an opinion until we see him in the full Rhino suit which just can’t look good.  I mean, it just can’t.

What do you think—does Giamatti have the Rhino look?