When it was announced that Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, The Darjeeling Limited) had signed on to join the cast of Marc Webb‘s 3D Spider-Man reboot, we were told that Khan would play a second villain, a character named Van Atter. Fans of the comic books know that Nels Van Adder was a former research assistant who volunteered to become a test subject for a chemical developed by Stromm and Norman Osborn, which resulted in him transforming into a villain named Proto-Goblin. But don’t expect to see that comic book storyline play out in the upcoming movie reboot.
While he is looking forward to Spiderman, the 48-year-old confesses, that initially he wasn’t keen on the project. “I didn’t want to be part of this violent American fantasy. But both my sons were excited and kept insisting that I take it up.” But the intricacy and freshness of the script finally won. Even then, Irrfan placed one condition before Webber — he didn’t want to be a masked villain or become another creature.
So I guess we won’t be seeing Proto-Goblin in this movie after all. Here is information about the character from the comic books according to wikipedia:
It was revealed that soon after Norman had Stromm arrested for embezzlement, he had found only a portion of the notes detailing his partner’s serum. Norman tests the incomplete version of the serum on an Oscorp employee named Nels Van Adder, driving Van Adder slowly insane and beginning his transformation into a red, demon-like being known as the “Proto-Goblin”. Killing several people and blaming Norman for what has happened to him, Adder proceeds to harass and later attempts to kill him before being knocked out a window in Oscorp by Arthur and George Stacy and fleeing into the wild. In order to escape conviction for what he had done to Van Adder, Norman convinces the police that Van Adder had been experimenting on himself, and that he had secretly been trying to help him. Van Adder’s current fate remains unrevealed.
The film’s cast includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Spider-Man (well, a couple stuntmen and many computers will also be Spider-Man) and then Rhys Ifans as the Lizard, Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, presumably Sally Field as Aunt May, Denis Leary as the father of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), Chris Zylka has been cast as Eugene Thompson, Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger, The Spanish Prisoner) and Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey, Little Black Book) as Parker’s parents, Richard and Mary Parker, and Annie Parisse (Rubicon, National Treasure) as Van Atter’s wife.
Zylka has had roles in Hannah Montana, Everybody Hates Chris, Cougar Town, 10 Things I Hate About You the television series, the made for television movie My Super Psycho Sweet 16 and the Gregg Araki movie Kaboom