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Curt Connors
Name: Dr. Curtis Connors
Affiliation: Columbia University
Rank: Doctor/Professor
Portrayed by: Dylan Baker
First appeared: Spider-Man 2
Last appeared: Spider-Man 3

Dr. Curtis "Curt" Connors is a fictional character from Marvel Comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. American actor Dylan Baker played the character in the second and third of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films.


Early Life

Curt Connors was born in January 21, 1960 and was raised in Coral Gables, Florida during his college years Connors befriended a colleague named Otto Octavius and graduated with him in June, 1982.

In 2004, Connors would be employed by Columbia University as a physics professor. One of his students was Peter Parker, who was enrolled in his quantum mechanics course.

Teaching Peter Parker

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While teaching this course, he asked a question about the equivalence of the eigenvalues. Peter Parker answered correctly and Dr. Connors commended Peter for knowing such a hard formula. However, Connors was concerned with Peter's overall performance, as he missed too many classes, and ordered him to do an internship with Dr. Octavius to earn a passing grade.

Months later, Parker turned to Connors to analyze the substance of the parasitic Venom symbiote and after analysis Connors informed Parker that it seem to be more aggressive and that it has a particular liking for him. Connors also noted that if Parker chooses to let him bind with the symbiote and it can be hard to unbind.

While Parker was bonded with the symbiote, Connors contacted Parker through a phone call and told him that the piece of the suit that he was given is quite unlike any other specimen and that it amplifies characteristics of its host, specially aggression. Noting that the suit could be dangerous, Connors told Parker if kept any of it and was answered with a no.


Lizard concept art by Constantine Sekeris

  • While scripting Spider-Man 4 Raimi expressed interest in portraying Connors transformation into his villainous alter-ego, the Lizard, and would be antagonist in the film. Both actor Dylan Baker and producer Grant Curtis were also enthusiastic about the idea. However Spider-Man 4 was eventually scrapped and the series re-booted with 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man which had The Lizard as the main antagonist portrayed by Rhys Ifans. Constantine Sekeris's concept art was released on the internet showing what Baker's character would have looked like had the fourth film went ahead.
  • In the comics, Curt Connors was often portrayed as a military veteran who lost his arm in war. In the films, no reason was given for Dr. Connors' missing limb.


See Also

Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3