Just days after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb revealed that B.J. Novak is playing Alistair Smythe, the character has popped up in the latest story from The Daily Bugle viral website. The article reveals that Alistair Smythe has been promoted to Head of Robotics at OsCorp after his father Spencer Smythe is forced to resign due to an investigation regarding illegal activities at the company. Is this the origin of The Spider-Slayer?

Take a look at the full story from Bugle reporter Ken Ellis.

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February 11, 2014

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By Ken Ellis

Within a week of the announcement that the NYPD and the District Attorney's Office had opened an investigation into illegal activities and questionable medical practices at Manhattan's Oscorp Industries, sources indicate several of their top scientists have been asked to leave.

Reports cite the recent forced resignation of Dr. Spencer Smythe, the Director of Robotics, amongst others. He was seen leaving Oscorp Tower yesterday with a box of his personal belongings.

When asked to comment on the current employment situation of Dr. Smythe, Oscorp spokesman Donald Menken had no comment. Later in the day, Oscorp sent out a press release congratulating Alistair Smythe on his promotion to the Director of Robotics formerly held by his father. How Mrs. Smythe expects this will impact holiday dinners remains unknown.

In the Marvel comic books, Alistair Smythe takes over his father Spencer Smythe's Spider-Slayer initiative, robots designed by OsCorp to eliminate Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). He became the Ultimate Spider-Slayer to get revenge on Spider-Man and Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson for the death of his father. It isn't known if Spencer will be featured in this superhero sequel.

B.J. Novak admitted in December that his character works at OsCorp, but that he only appears in a couple of scenes. It isn't known if Alistair will become the Ultimate Spider-Slayer in this movie, or if that transformation will be saved until The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4.