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Alistair Smythe
Smythe
Name: Alistair Smythe
Portrayed by: B.J. Novak
First appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Appears in: 1 Film

Alistair Smythe is a member of Oscorp who bullied Max Dillon. He is Max's boss in his department.

HistoryEdit

The Amazing Spider-Man 2Edit

He is responsible behind Max's mutation into Electro. Unalike the comics or previous video game "The Amazing Spider-Man", Alistair only has a cameo in the Webb directed film.

Video Game ContinuityEdit

The Amazing Spider-ManEdit

Alistair Smythe is the main antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man video game. Alistair grew up as an only child in Brooklyn, New York. The son of Spencer Smythe, a single father whose work anlways took precedence over family, young Alistair grew up with no motherly influence as he adapted to a childhood of neglect. During his high school years, Alistair was surprised to find his father make a concerted effort to atone for his faults as a parent. Only months before dying of radiation poisoning (itself a lab accident gone awry), Spencer passed along all of his knowledge of robotics and technology to Alistair – years of research that Alistair absorbed with full comprehension in mere weeks.

At Empire State University, Smythe was roommates and close friends with a young Curt Connors. The two geniuses shared a playful rivalry, frequently arguing over the merits of technology versus biology. But Smythe's beliefs were not as popular, and he lost several prominent grants to Connors. Their steadfast friendship started to show cracks...

As he struggled to gain funding for his work in robotics and nanotechnology, Smythe watched Connors join the prestigious Oscorp Industries, and rapidly rise through its ranks. Jealousy began to fester in his heart...

Smythe was devastated by the accident that turned Connors into the Lizard, but as fate would have it, it was also his greatest boon. After Connors’ inglorious dismissal from the company, Oscorp hired Smythe and funneled all of Connors’ resources to its new robotics division. Smythe became “the new face of Oscorp,” determined to change the world, and erase the stain of Connors’ biological freak show. But Connors' legacy would not be that easy to destroy. During the removal of the cross-species specimens, Smythe and his scientists were infected by their virus. The control of Smythe prided himself on began to slip away; his vengeance led him to program robots to destroy cross-species who esccaped the Oscorp quarantine. His greed led him to inject himself with an untested cure, a mistake that took the use of his legs, as well as his sanity.

The order Smythe built around himself collapsed into chaos. Instead of wasting time to develop a cure, he was more determined than ever to eliminate the infected, including Spider-Man. Smythe's robots caused more harm than good, and put many innocent lives at risk. He was ultimately dismissed from Oscorp and forced to take sole blame for the outbreak. This fueled Smythe's rage more, as he released his most deadly wave of robots on the city. It was an all out extermination.

Spider-Man and the Lizard formed an uneasy alliance to stop Smythe's S-03, and manufactured a successful cure capable of saving the city. After Spider-Man defeats him, Alistair has an epiphany and regains his sanity, and is absolutely horrified at the chaos he has wreaked with the S-Bots. He agrees to help Spider-Man put an end to the invasion. With Smythe's help, all threats were ceased and the city was saved.

At the end of the game, Smythe was back inside one of his robot labs in Oscorp Tower and was almost completely infected from the virus, as he wasn't able to get the cure. It was too late, however, determined not to become a monster once again,the regretful Doctor Alistaire Smythe committed suicide, by way of programming one of his own hunter bots to shoot him.

TriviaEdit

  • In comics, J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle hired Alistair's father, Spencer, to make Spider-Slayers to capture Spider-Man. After Spencer died, Alistair wanted to get revenge on both Spider-Man and Jameson, and carried on his father's legacy of Spider-Slayer making.
  • Smythe would have probably become the Ultimate Spider-Slayer in later films, like he did in the comics, as it was confirmed the Spider-Slayers would be featured in future films.


Webb Film Series
Films: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felica Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari
Enemies: The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute
Video Games: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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