While Christopher Nolan can obviously keep a secret, one of the worst-kept secrets in recent memory concerns who will be the main baddie in Sony's new Spider-Man reboot. Everyone and their Aunt Mae already guessed correctly that it's going to be The Lizard, and now actor C. Thomas Howell (Southland) has made it even more official with his recent appearance on the Retroradio Podcast.

The ’80s star has been cast in a bit part in Marc Webb's upcoming Marvel film and below he gives the details:

There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker who's son is caught in the middle of a battle between The Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-Man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way.

With Andrew Garfield slinging webs (and earning Martin Sheen's praises) in The Amazing Spider-Man, it seems that Spidey fans will finally get to see the battle between the tragic and primal Dr. Curt Connors and his friend/enemy Peter Parker. Hopefully, Webb's film will handle the tale better than Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 did with Venom.

The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled to hit theaters in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 3, 2012.