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The Lizard
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Name: Dr. Curtis Connors
Alias(es): The Lizard
Doc
Affiliation: Oscorp Industries
Sinister Six
Rank: Villain
Spouse(s): Martha Connors
Children: Billy Connors
Portrayed by: Rhys Ifans
First appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man
Last appeared: Spider-Man: No Way Home (unreleased)
"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]

The Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors) is the main antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man. He is a fictional super villain character from Marvel Comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. Rhys Ifans portrayed the character in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man, and will reprise the role in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

History

The Amazing Spider-Man

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.

Dr. Curt Connors at Oscorp

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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.

Trivia

  • 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 will reprise 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."

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See Also


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
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