We’ve known for a while now that Rhys Ifans is playing The Lizard, the villain of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and while fans are probably looking ahead for concept art or a screenshot of Spidey’s reptilian nemesis, it’s meanwhile been assumed that the version of The Lizard we’ll get in Amazing Spider-Man will basically be the character we know and love from the comics.
Today brings a rumor by way of website Big Fanboy stating that Amazing Spider-Man will in fact be putting an interesting twist on The Lizard, one that could potentially make for a truly exciting and epic Spider-Man movie experience.
The following should be considered a POSSIBLE SPOILER about The Amazing Spider-Man‘s plot – though I should state that it’s something we would likely learn from a trailer or poster in the near future. Still, I know some people are sensitive to this stuff, so:
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!
Here’s the actual quote from Big Fanboy about how the Lizard might not be rolling solo when he comes for Spidey’s head:
One of the primary important crew members (who shall remain nameless) recently let it slip to one of our readers (a trusted one at that) that many of the stunt actors in the film have been spending time in heavy make-up for hours on end because of a fight scene in the film where they’re turning all the S.W.A.T. team guys into reptilian creatures… which I’d assume is some nefarious work of The Lizard.
The Lizard’s alter-ego is of course Dr. Curt Connors, a reknowned scientist who studies genetics, so it would be a totally plausible plot-point to have Connors be able to mutate others with the same serum that turns him into a monster – whether through bites, scratches or a chemical compound of some sort.
There’s also the issue of actor Iffran Khan’s character, Niels Van Adder, who we know is also a scientist and will be something of a secondary villain in the film. Khan recently let it be known that unlike in the comics, his version of Van Adder won’t transform into Proto-Goblin (at least not in this film). That leaves the door wide open for Van Adder to be the bad man going around mutating people.
I’m actually pulling for this rumor to be true because I think the idea of Peter Parker having to take on an army of foes is great for several reasons:
- Jumping, dodging and fighting a crowd of foes will allow us to see some serious action and acrobatics that are totally unique to Spider-Man.
- It gives the film the coveted multiple villains format, without having to split the focus of the story on so many origins and/or sub-plots.
- It caters to the other side of Spider-Man’s character: Peter Parker the brainy science geek. Having Peter have to match wits with his foe on a scientific level is much more interesting than just watching Spider-Man beat up the bad guy.
- Action sequences like “Spidey vs. The Lizards” might actually make it worthwhile to see this movie in 3D.
To confess, I was never a fan of the “Neo vs. Agent Smiths” sequence in The Matrix Reloaded. The CGI looked terrible to me, and the whole thing was a way too overwrought and over the top. If this Lizard clones rumor is true, I just hope Marc Webb handles these sequences smartly – because if he does, I think we’ll be seeing something that could definitely put this reboot (or is it not a reboot?) above and beyond the experience of watching Sam Raimi’s films.
The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters on July 3, 2012.
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