From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Yes, this guy is one seriously bad dude: he killed Max's mom and then kidnapped his own son. But even when he's not around, he's the thing that's getting in the way of Max's development. That's the definition of an antagonist right there.