Irrfan Khan's ' Van Atter' Gets A New Name; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Synopsis Confirms Sequels

Originally thought to be playing the villainous 'Proto-Goblin', Sony has now given Irrfan Khan's mysterious character a new identity, while the official synopsis posted earlier confirms the studios plans for a series of Spider-Man movies.

While we've already been treated to the stunning new promo images and intriguing character descriptions from The Amazing Spider-Man's official website (find them all HERE) there are a couple of details you may have missed. When it was revealed that Irrfan Khan would be playing 'Van Atter' in the reboot, many wondered if the filmmakers actually meant 'Van Adder' a character who briefly appeared in a Spider-Man comic book as the villainous Proto-Goblin. Well, it's unclear for the reason behind the change, but the site now lists Khan's character name as 'Dr. Ratha', a character who to the best of my knowledge has never been heard of in the comic books.

The official synopsis which was posted at the tail end of two of the above mentioned articles confirms earlier reports that Sony are already moving ahead with a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, although whether this hints at Sony having a single storyline which will run through a certain number of movies obviously isn't clear at this point.

Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held...a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story. On July 3rd, 2012, the untold story begins. And starring Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Denis Leary (George Stacy), Rhys Ifans (Curt Conners), Martin Sheen (Ben Parker), and Sally Field (May Parker), directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man movie is swinging into theaters in IMAX 3D!

With a new trailer expected before the end of the month, this website update could be the beginning of a very exciting time for Spider-Man fans. How do you now feel about the new direction of the franchise? Is that costume still bugging you? Furious that you've still not been shown a glimpse of the Lizard? Sound off with your thoughts below.


Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy
Rhys Ifans as Curt Connors/The Lizard
Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben
Sally Fields as Aunt May
Denis Leary as George Stacy

RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2012.

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