Spider-Man: On behalf of the fine people of New York and real rhinos everywhere, I ask you to put your mechanical palms in the air! Aleksei Systevich: Never! I crush you, I kill you! I will destroy you! Spider-Man: Do you want me to come down there so you can kill me? Aleksei Systevich: Yes!
~ Spider-Man and Rhino in their fight in the film's final scene
Aleksei Systevich is the opening and the final antagonist of the 2014 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He is a Russian mobster that hijacked an armored Oscorp truck containing vials of plutonium, but was disarmed and defeated by Spider-Man. He is later recruited by Harry Osborn and Gustav Fiers as the first of a new team created to fight Spider-Man, and provided a mechanical suit to wreak havoc, dubbed the Rhino.
Aleksei Sytsevich and two of his associates hijacked an Oscorp van containing vials of plutonium. Sytsevich was the driver of the truck while his comrades secured the goods. However, Spider-Man intervened and webbed up Sytsevich's allies, handing them over to the police. Determined to not be caught, Sytsevich continued to flee in the truck, causing a great deal of damage to other vehicles on the road and a number of police cars. Spider-Man confronted Sytsevich face-to-face, using his spider sense to dodge the rapid fire of Sytsevich's machine gun. Spider-Man disarmed him and then webbed each wrist to the walls opposite so his arms were crossed over his chest. Spider-Man proceeded to pull down Sytsevich's pants to humiliate him further. Sytsevich was incarcerated in the Vault by the NYPD.
Later, after Harry Osborn's incarceration, The Gentleman visited Harry, speaking to him Harry about a possible idea to form a team of individuals that can use Oscorp's weaponry, and then informed Harry that Sytsevich was a prime candidate to pilot a large metal exo-suit created by Oscorp. Sytsevich was broken out of the Vault and donned the exo-suit. He took to the streets of New York, which hadn't seen Spider-Man since his confrontation with the Green Goblin and Gwen's death, and began shooting at the police, calling himself "The Rhino". A boy dressed as Spider-Man, who Spider-Man had helped out earlier, stepped out in front of Rhino, trying to make a stand. Despite mocking that "Spider-Man is back", Rhino compliments the child's bravery and stands down his weapons, unwilling to kill him, allowing the real Spider-Man to arrive on the scene and get the boy to safety. Rhino began to charge at Spider-Man, who leapt in the air using a manhole cover as a weapon. Rhino's defeat is not shown as the film ended when the battle started, therefore his fate is unknown at this point. Spider-Man defeated him off-screen.
Sytsevich furiously plows a truck across New York City streets
Before the sequel was announced, Paul Giamatti wanted to play Rhino in a Spider-Man film.
In late 2013, Paul Giamatti confirmed that Rhino would return in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, before its cancellation.
Director Marc Webb revealed that Sytsevich's appearance in the film is only for 4 minutes.
This version of Rhino is a combination of the mainstream and Ultimate portrayal of Rhino in the comics. He has the background and name of the mainstream Aleksei Sytsevich but the Rhino exo suit is more akin to the Ultimate universe's Alex O'Hirn R.H.I.N.O.
There is a Reddit theory going that the Rhino actually defeats Spider-Man with the single hit he gives him and then he went on to destroy the universe; this theory also gives an in-universe why there is no other films in the series because of the Rhino's supposed victory.
Before his suit for the movie was revealed, many people suspected that Rhino's suit would be based on the cross-species Rhino from the 2012 video game.
Even though he now calls himself "Rhino" he is only credited as "Aleksei Sytsevich".
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 mobile game, Aleksei is broken out of prison by Kraven the Hunter and gets the Rhino mech suit and fights Spider-Man.
In the main Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game based off the movie, Rhino's mech suit can be seen when Spider-Man goes to take photos for J. Jonah Jameson which was stolen by a Russian gang, hinting they are intending to get one of their members to use it.
Rhino is the final antagonist of the film. He is also the final antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man films since the other films of the series were cancelled.