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Report: Rhys Ifans Will Terrorize Spider-Man As … The Lizard!

Just two days after Sony announced that Rhys Ifans has been cast as an unnamed villain in the studio’s Spider-Man reboot, The Wrap reports the 43-year-old actor will play Dr. Curt Connors — aka the Lizard.

Interestingly, the classic Spider-foe was the odds-on favorite in our readers poll, edging out Electro while thrashing the likes of Kraven, Green Goblin and Mysterio.

Debuting in November 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #6, Connors was a gifted Army surgeon whose arm was injured in a blast and had to be amputated. Returning to civilian life, he became obsessed with uncovering the secrets of reptilian regeneration, and eventually developed an experimental serum taken from reptile DNA. Connors tested it on himself, and his arm did grow back. However, it had an unfortunate side effect, transforming Connors into a reptilian monster.

Directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), the untitled Spider-Man reboot stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. It’s set to begin filming in December for a planned July 3, 2012.


  • Jasonmelendez1

    Makes sense. Should be relatively simple to dovetail their origins together.

  • Scarletspeedster7

    It's too bad we never saw the previous trilogy's Curt Connors as the Lizard… I was looking forward to it.

  • Yel

    I think the director of the previous trilogy wanted to use the Lizard in the third one, especially since the Curt Conners character was already in the movies these doesn't seem as significant. I don't see people wanting to see the reboot of a franchise less than ten years old.

  • Seth

    The 3rd movie was going to have the Vulture played by Jon Malkovich. It was reported right before Raimi left and they killed the movie in favor of the reboot.

  • Nick

    Lizard was never in the plan for the 3rd movie. It was Vulture, Sandman, and Harry as the Goblin. Lizard was getting shafted up to this, he wasn't even going to be in the canceled 4th.

  • Sageshinigami

    It's Spider-Man: The Animated Series all over again, really. Not a bad thing.

  • Cainmarco71

    i hope the reboot would make Sony and Marvel lose money..i love the creations of Sam Raimi, he is/was the best thing that ever happened to the Spiderman movies, let me also include Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst..Marvel made it difficult for Sam to make the 4th Spiderman, it's the fans loss.. Raimi made me appreciate spiderman even though it is not included in my comics buy list…