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SDCC: Amazing Spider-Man Panel
Lizard shown at Amazing Spider-Man panel.
By Rob Vaux
July 23, 2011
A Comic Con searching for the energy and excitement of earlier years may have found it with the Spider-Man reboot. The cast and filmmakers spoke to the press briefly before electrifying the Hall H audience with a surprise appearance by star Andrew Garfield, who plays Peter Parker in the film. He stepped up to the microphone as a fan dressed in a Spider-Man costume, asking questions of the panel before taking off his mask and revealing himself to the crowd.
The other big rush of the presentation came with the reveal of the Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans. In the clip, he breaks into a girls’ restroom to terrorize a young pair of students. Previous Spider-Man films had teased fans with the appearance of the Lizard’s alter-ego Curt Connors (originally played by Dylan Baker), boosting the anticipation for his center-stage performance in this one.
“Curt Connors is a great foil for Spidey because he’s always been a mentor for Peter Parker,” said director Marc Webb before the event. “Spider-Man is battling an enemy who holds the soul of his teacher and friend within him. There’s a lot of potential for great drama there.”
Unfortunately, some onstage drama dampened the otherwise enthusiastic mood: Ifans was involved in an altercation with a security guard shortly before his Hall H appearance, and was arrested afterwards on a misdemeanor battery charge. The scuffle allegedly began after a member of Ifans’ entourage was denied entrance to the Hall.
The Amazing Spider-Man is scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.
Thanks to Maniac IonKafka91, here's some photos from the panel showing off the Lizard.