"The Avengers" is still raking in cash, but another Marvel Comics super-hero franchise is set to reboot later this year, and with that, "The Amazing Spider-Man," which releases July 3, 2012, has released a featurette on the super-villain of the first reboot movie, The Lizard.
There are less than two months until the release of the movie, and the new video purportedly comes from the corporation we would love to hate: Oscorp Industries. Obviously, it's owned by Norman Osborn, resurrected from his death in the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man flick.
The video features a look at Rhys Ifan’s Dr. Curt Connors. The Lizard is the villainous alter-ego of Connors.
In the comics, Dr. Curt Connors becomes The Lizard by accident, and when he turns into The Lizard, he is no longer in control of his senses, meaning he does not have the kind, scientific mind of Dr. Curt Connors. Spider-Man has helped Connors and his family in the comics, restoring the "humanity" of Connors after his tranformations.
The Lizard first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man #6" (November 1963), and is therefore one of Spider-Man's most ancient super-villains. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, in 2009, The Lizard was named IGN's 62nd Greatest Comic Villain of All Time.
The Lizard's powers, at least in comic book form, include:
- Superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, and durability. Strength is enough to challenge Spider-Man, who is said to have the proportional strength a spider, in the comics.
- Telepathic control over reptiles
- Enhanced healing factor
- Hardened scale-like skin
- Razor-sharp teeth and claws
- Ability to leap vast distances
- Ferocious hand-to-hand combat
This reboot focuses more on the mysteries of Peter Parker's life, along with his parents. The blurb released by the studio says, "Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner."
The Amazing Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield (as Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy), Rhys Ifans (as Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard), Dennis Leary (as George Stacy), and Martin Sheen and Sally Field (as Uncle Ben Parker / Aunt May Parker, respectively).
Watch the Lizard Featurette, below
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