|Name:||Dr. Curtis Connors|
|Portrayed by:||Rhys Ifans|
|First appeared:||The Amazing Spider-Man|
|Last appeared:||Spider-Man: No Way Home|
- "I spent my life as scientist trying to create a world without weakness, without outcasts. I sought to create a stronger human being but there's no such thing, human beings are weak, pathetic, feeble minded creatures. Why be human at all when we can be so much more? Faster, stronger, smarter, this is my gift to you!"
- ―Curt Connors[src]
Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors) is the main antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man. Rhys Ifans portrayed the character in the The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: No Way Home. A brilliant geneticist who worked for Oscorp, he intended to use his research to provide means of regeneration for those who lost limbs, but his serum ended transforming him into a monstrous, mutated lizard.
Dr. Curt Connors is a biologist for Oscorp and the former partner of Richard Parker where they worked together on combining several desirable physical attributes of animals with human beings to improve health, including restoring his own amputated right arm. Years later, Richard's son Peter starts a mentorship with him after he finds some of his father's hidden notes that contain a critical equation necessary to make a crucial breakthrough.
When the representative of Oscorp C.E.O. Norman Osborn, Dr. Rajit Ratha fires Connors after he refuses to rush into human trials unprepared, Connors experiments the chemical on himself and next morning finds that he has regenerated his arm. Learning that Dr. Ratha is on his way to the VA hospital, Connors leaves to intercept him, but it quickly becomes apparent that his "cure" is doing more than was intended as his skin grows scaly and claws sprout from his fingers. By the time he gets to the traffic-jammed Williamsburg Bridge, Connors has transformed into a super humanly strong humanoid lizard creature where he tossed some cars over the side.
Spider-Man shows at the scene and manages to save each fallen car with the bio cable "web" that he fires from devices he built on his wrists. The Lizard escapes into the sewers and transforms back into Connors, but it's clear that the chemicals have deeply affected his mind, creating an obsession with his new abilities and making him see it as biological "perfection". He continues further, experimenting on himself in an makeshift lab. Peter, who has come to suspect Connors as being the reptilian creature who attacked the bridge, confronts The Lizard in the sewers, barely escaping with his life, though Connors learns of Spider-Man's true identity as a result.
The Lizard attacks Peter at his school. Unsuccessful The Lizard then develops a plan to turn all humans lizard-like, starting with the release of a chemical cloud from Oscorp's tower. The police hunt both Spider-Man and The Lizard simultaneously. Spider-Man eventually disperses an antidote cloud restoring Connors and his reptilian victims back to normal, but not before The Lizard mortally wounds Captain George Stacy. With his sanity restored to him, Connors then proceeds to save Spider-Man from falling off a building using the rest of his quickly dissipating lizard strength. Afterwards, he surrenders himself to the authorities and is arrested for his crimes.
In a scene after the end credits, Connors (who has been placed in Beloit Psychiatric Hospital) appears to speak with a mysterious man who asks if Connors told Peter the truth about his father. Connors replies that he didn't, but also demands that he leaves Peter alone. The man then mysteriously vanishes. It is also hinted that he may still have some form of the lizard serum left in his system.
Connors was mentioned twice by Harry Osborn. Harry first mentioned him stating "people were pissed off because he tried to turn everyone into giant lizards". The second time was when Harry is trying to convince Peter to ask Spider-Man to give him a blood sample in order to cure his retroviral hyperplasia. When Peter tells him about what happened to Connors, Harry tells him Connors was weak, and that he could handle it.
At some point from before he was cured, the Lizard was transported to another universe after a spell casted by Doctor Strange goes haywire. Connors hid in the sewers until he was confronted by Strange and transported to the Sanctum Sanctorum and locked inside a dungeon. Later on he would reunite with Max Dillon as they were both workers in the Oscorp Industries. Eventually he, Dillon and three other villains from a third separate universe would be released from imprisonment by the Peter Parker from the current universe in order to help cure the villains from their destructive powers and to spare them from dying by Spider-Man in their universes before "going home". All the villains except Connors would group in Happy Hogan's apartment while he remained in a F.E.A.S.T truck.
Shortly after Green Goblin battles Peter, Connors finds an opportunity to escape the truck and join the fight before escaping along with the other villains. He would later join Dillon (as a reformed Electro), and Sandman in a final battle with three Spider-Men, one that was originally from the same universe. The Peter Parker from his universe developed the cure he made before to cure Connors and with the help of the other Spider-Men was able to cure him once again. When the Green Goblin collapsed the scaffolding that they were fighting on, Connors nearly fell to his death before he was caught by the Spider-Man from the Goblin's universe. Later, Dr. Strange casted a new spell that made everyone forget his universe's Peter Parker and sent everyone from another universe back home, including Connors.
In the video game
In the 2012 video game, Dr. Connors is a supporting character, assisting Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy against the machinations of Alistair Smythe and his army of S-Bots in the wake of an outbreak of cross-species hybrid test subjects. Near the end of the game, Connors is forced to reinject himself with his serum and become the Lizard once more in order to fight against Smythe. However, due to the mental regression, the Lizard ends up being the final boss of the game. After his defeat, he reverts back to Connors, and willingly returns to his sentence.
Powers and Abilities
Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Connors transformed himself into a giant mutant lizard after experimenting with cross-species genetics; he harnessed the DNA of a lizard and transferred its capabilities to himself, granting him enhanced reptilian physical attributes.
- Superhuman Strength: Connors has remarkable superhuman strength, able to lift weight that no human ever could. He is able to tear through steel and metals effortlessly, and overpower multiple men with ease.
- Superhuman Durability: Connors' skin, bone, and muscle tissue are denser and tougher than ordinary humans.
- Superhuman Speed: Connors has the ability to travel at great speeds.
- Superhuman Agility: In his Lizard form, Connors possess a level of agility superior to humans.
- Superhuman Stamina: Connors can do intense physical activity for long periods of time without being fatigued.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Connors can coordinate his body with unnatural equilibrium, dexterity, and flexibility and his reflexes is capable of reacting much better than ordinary human beings.
- Enhanced Senses: Connors has superhuman senses. He is able to see farther than ordinary, and can smell humans scent from great distances.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Connors can heal much quicker than even Spider-Man. He could heal from multiple gunshot wounds within a few seconds,
- Wall-Crawling: Connors uses his sharp claws to penetrate walls and crawl on them.
- Fangs: In his Lizard form, Connors has sharp and dangerous fangs.
- Claws: Connors's claws are extremely sharp and dangerous. He has the ability to climb up walls with them, and can penetrate dense objects.
- Tail: As the Lizard, Connors has a prehensile tail which he uses to smack his enemies.
- In comics, Connors had a wife and son; his wife Martha died of cancer, and he killed his son, Billy, as the Lizard. Before Billy died, he told his father that he always knew Connors would kill him. This is likely because Connors had transformed into the Lizard before in this comic as well, and had traumatized Billy.
- The darkened figure Connors saw in his cell late at night was credited as "Man in the shadows" in the film who is later identified as Gustav Fiers in the sequel.
- The Lizard is one of the very few characters to be portrayed by the same actor in a different franchise. Rhys Ifans reprised the role of Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
- Connors is one of five people who know Spider-Man's true identity; the others being Alistair Smythe (deceased), Green Goblin, George Stacy (deceased) and his [daughter] Gwen Stacy (deceased). He and Green Goblin are also the only villains that know his identity.
- This version of Lizard lacks a snout and clothing, although he had a lab coat later on in a brief scene.
- Interestingly enough, in the first appearance of the Lizard in the comics ( The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #6 ), the character lacked a snout.
- Connors quoted Michelangelo Buonarroti's poem "The Silk Worm" in the film: "That, changing like the snake, I might be free to cast off flesh wherein I dwell confined."
- Several scenes featuring Curt Connors/Lizard were cut from the final film. Two notable ones included scenes where Connors talks to his son (who is completely absent from the final film) and Lizard killing Dr. Ratha (who disappears after the bridge scene in the final film).
Promotional Photos, Official Artwork
The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man: No Way Home
|Webb Film Series|
|Films:||The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2|
|Characters:||Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felicia Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari|
|Enemies:||The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief|
|Locations:||The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute|
|Video Games:||The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2|