Rhys Ifans playing The Lizard in Spider-Man

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10.14.10 21 Comments

Sony announced that Rhys Ifans had joined the cast of Marc Webb’s 3D Spider-Man reboot

The Lizard aka Curt Connors was a doctor who lost his right arm in the army and later studied lizards as a way to regenerate limbs.  He tested a serum for limb regeneration on himself, and it worked, but wouldn’t you know it, it turned him into lizard.  Wikipedia has a whole 6,000-word description of the character, but I think the main thing to remember is that he’s a dude who looks like a lizard.  Mother Theresa’s profile, incidentally, is 5,000 words.

It’s a little weird, because wasn’t the sticking point between Sony and Sam Raimi that led to this being a reboot that Raimi wanted to use classic villains like Sandman and Vulture, and the studio kept pushing him to use villains they thought would sell more toys, like Venom?  And now they’ve got a classic villain anyway.  Though if it’s between a fourth sequel with Tobey Maguire and a reboot with all these new people, I’m not sure which I’d choose.  All I know is that a really good scene would be one where Emo Spider-Man comes back to confront his replacement, Scarfield.  They wouldn’t actually fight, but they’d exchange such bitchy looks from across the bar, the tension would be palpable.

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