Could 'Van Atter' Be The Proto-Goblin In "Spider-Man" Reboot?

Could 'Van Atter' Be The Proto-Goblin In "Spider-Man" Reboot?

Users on the SuperHeroHype! message boards have figured out who exactly Van Atter (being played by Irrfan Khan) could be in the Spidey reboot!

Today, news reports began surfacing of four more cast members being added to the cast of 2012's "Spider-Man" reboot, and probably the most interesting addition that was announced was a character named Van Atter that would be a villain in the film. Why is this so interesting? Because Van Atter is not a character from the comic books.

But users on the SuperHeroHype! boards have done some detective work, and has noticed an interesting tidbit from the comics: A character named Nels Van Adder was the assistant of Dr. Mendell Stromm (who is involved with Norman Osborn and OsCorp) that offered to be a test subject for the two to try out a new chemical developed. This chemical turned him into the Proto-Goblin.

This does seem likely, and is too coincidental and is so similar to this new Van Atter character, and the character does tie in with Norman Osborn (who will no doubt become the Green Goblin and kill Gwen Stacy in a sequel), as well as Captain George Stacy (who will be played by Denis Leary reportedly, who is the father of love interest Gwen Stacy being played by Emma Stone).

So, do you think Proto-Goblin will be a villain in this film? Who knows, maybe instead of Norman Osborn they could rework it for Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans) to have been the creator.
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xBlaze96x - 12/3/2010, 2:25 PM
First! haha cool i hope so spidey could use a new villian
StrangerX - 12/3/2010, 2:51 PM
We don't need new bad guys! We just need classic baddies expressed in a new way!!
The4thWall - 12/3/2010, 2:59 PM
Yeah, its too coincedental for it to NOT be true...
NicholasPelAlmqvist - 12/3/2010, 3:11 PM
I thought they were adding a new character lol. I'm happy, the green goblin didn't kill Gwen in raimis version so now that could be fixed. VERY satisfied
NicholasPelAlmqvist - 12/3/2010, 3:13 PM
Btw what comic series is it from amazing spiderman? If so we can all narrow down what to look for
xBlaze96x - 12/3/2010, 3:37 PM
@NicholasPelAlmqvist he is mentioned in a flashback in one of the comics from the 1990's im pretty sure
Vafrous - 12/5/2010, 6:20 AM
zachman2013 - 12/5/2010, 11:06 AM
i can see a three way brawl between webhed, the lizarrd, and proto gobby.this could be epic. if they dont pull a "tim story" and eff it up.
TheSchemer - 12/5/2010, 7:24 PM
Was just checking out this site ( and some interesting stuff came up. Including:

"Occupation: Research assistant"
Known Relatives: unnamed wife
"Arthur Stacy found documentation that proved Van Adder was still an Osborn employee, working on "Biogenetic Project Supreme". Osborn found him looking through his files, and fired him." (Biogenetics connects to Lizard if that is where things are going)
"Van Adder’s transmutations were progressing more quickly than anticipated, and that he had volunteered as a test subject before a stabilizing reagent had been developed. Osborn took a sample of blood from him, wanting to find answers on what had gone wrong."

I think it would be great if Osborn was established as a criminal mastermind in this movie (series) kinda like he was in Spectacular Spiderman.

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