Less than a week ago, Dylan Baker confirmed that he'd be returning as Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 4. At the time, he said he'd be regulated to a small background role similar to his appearances in the last two Spidey films.
Now, comes an insider report from Jim over at Market Saw who's saying that The Lizard may not only be in Spider-Man 4, but that he'd be the only villain of the movie. This of course would bring the franchise back to its one-villain roots as utilized in the first two movies of the series.
Sam Raimi did say that he loves The Lizard...
The info allegedly comes from a reliable inside source, but we know that the script is still being worked on by Gary Ross.
If true, this wouldn't be unexpected as the franchise so far has made plenty of effort in tying each film to its predecessors and Raimi made sure to include Dr. Curt Connors in the last two movies. It makes total sense to have The Lizard make an appearance and I'd love to see that transformation finally occur. However, I wouldn't mind if he was the lesser villain of a pair of baddies instead.
Three villains, as we saw awfully featured in Spider-Man 3 is simply too much, but as we've seen in other comic book films, two can work nice if done right. So, whether that means The Lizard is the featured super villain or a secondary one, don't be surprised to see Dylan Baker grow some scales in Spider-Man 4.
Remember though, this next Spider-Man adventure may be the last time we see Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Sam Raimi helming behind the camera. With that in mind, is Dylan Baker's Lizard really the last villain we see Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man duke it out with? Is that an epic enough conclusion to their Spider-Man franchise which may continue with a Spider-Man 5 & 6 starring different actors and helmed by a different director?
Dylan Baker to take the spotlight in Spider-Man 4?
However this may play out, I'm a fan of Baker and would be happy seeing Connors turn grow his arm back. This could be the end of the hopes of some fans who want to see Bruce Campbell play Mysterio.
What do you think of the idea of The Lizard being the main (and only) villain of Spider-Man 4?
Spider-Man 4 is scheduled for an early March production start and will hit theaters May 6, 2011.
Source: Market Saw, Header edited from beautiful art by Julie Bell