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Spider-Man will have his hands plenty full in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Electro and the Rhino, but now there’s a hint that yet another villain could come into play.

The viral site The Daily Bugle has just posted a fake news story which name-checks a certain scientist who has historically not been such a big fan of Spidey. Could the Spider-Slayers come after our hero in the next film? Hit the jump for more details.

Screen Crush caught the reference in a Daily Bugle article titled “Oscorp Biz Holds Steady.”

Despite the assault on Oscorp Tower two weeks ago and the revelation that disgruntled Oscorp employee, Dr. Curt Connors, was responsible for the attack, Oscorp’s stock has climbed four points.

Oscorp spokesman Douglas Menken provided some details from the meeting, including that the construction on the prototype alternative energy power plant, complete with hydroelectric tower, is on schedule for completion within the next year.

Other highlights included a preview of a flight harness for the military and significant advancements in robotics by the head of the engineering division, Spencer Smythe.

In the comics, Smythe is the creator of the Spider-Slayers, robots designed for the specific purpose of hunting, capturing, and killing Spider-Man. This is the first indication we’ve seen that he is part of Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man universe.

How big a part he is, however, remains unknown. The viral site seems to be planting the seeds for Smythe and his Spider-Slayers to appear in the movies eventually, but it could just be a one-time shout-out and nothing else.

Even if he’s in the movies, we don’t know whether he’ll pop up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, or wait for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or 4. The franchise as a whole is rumored to be building up to the Sinister Six, so it seems Spidey will be making a lot of enemies over the next few years.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014.

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