We announced yesterday that Marc Webb had found his villain, casting Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as the unnamed villain in his Spider-Man reboot. Not surprisingly, who that villain would be didn’t take long to be announced. The Wrap’s Deal Central is announcing that Ifans will play Curt Connors, otherwise known in the Marvel universe as The Lizard.
It’s a sensible choice for Webb — Connors is a research scientist who loses his arm, and researches reptilian DNA in an effort to find a way to regenerate his lost limb. Of course, as with most Spider-Man villains, science goes awry and human-hating Lizard is born. In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, the character of Connors was portrayed by Dylan Baker as one of Peter Parker’s college professors, although Raimi never had the character actually become the reptilian bad guy. It’s an effects-heavy villain, but also one that’s new to viewers, thus eliminating the need to retread characters like Dr. Octopus and The Green Goblin. A lot of other Spider-Man villains, like Rhino and Scorpion, are little more than brutes, while ones like Vulture likely wouldn’t be particularly engaging to viewers. Using Connors allows for a villain with some depth to him. Personally, I’d be interested in a Kraven the Hunter appearance, but who the hell ever listens to me.
Anyway, get ready to see this: