|“||Now that Spider-Man's gone, this city will never be the same.||„|
|~ Gustav Fiers.|
Gustav Fiers (or The Gentleman) is the main antagonist in Marc Webb's short-lived The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. He appears to be a representative of Oscorp and later associate of Harry Osborn, assisting him in forming the crew "The Sinister Six". Fiers first appeared in a post-credit scene in the first film in which he was credited as The Man in Shadows, but was identified at the end of the second film. He is arguably the secondary antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man, and a major antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He was portrayed by the late Michael Massee.
The Amazing Spider-Man
When an Oscorp employee Dr. Curt Connors is locked up at Beloit Psychiatric Asylum, he is approached in his cell by Fiers who asks Connors if he told Peter Parker the truth about his father, in which Connors had replied no. Satisfied, Fiers said he would leave Peter be now, which leads to Connors demanding him to leave Peter alone, in which Fiers simply vanishes.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Fiers visits Harry Osborn in his cell at Ravencroft Institute in which they plan to set up a team, and Harry requests to keep it small. Harry then sends Fiers to the Oscorp tower which has weapons and equipment needed for their goals.
- At the time of the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, the man's identity was a secret, so he was simply credited as "Man in the Shadows". His identity was later revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where he was also credited as "Gustav Fiers (The Gentleman)" or, as referred to in the film, Mr. Fiers.
- He was the main antagonist in the Adam-Troy Castro's trilogy of Spider-Man novels.
- It is rumored that the man that tried to kill Peter's parents on their plane was Gustav Fiers, who somehow survived the plane crash.
- In both movies his face is never shown, only silhouette of his body is seen.
- In both films he visits someone who is incarcerated.
- It was presumed that he would be the main antagonist in the Sinister Six, due to the film apparently being a redemption story. However, all The Amazing Spider-Man's spinoffs and sequels have been cancelled; His true motives remain a mystery.
- Since The Amazing Spider-Man series was cancelled and Michael Massee passed away in 2016, audience will never see his face ever.