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SDCC: Amazing Spider-Man Panel

Lizard shown at Amazing Spider-Man panel.

By Rob Vaux     July 23, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man hits the SDCC
© Sony Pictures/Bob Trate


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.



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InnerSanctum 7/24/2011 2:25:32 AM

 Nothing about this film has sparked my interest.  I guess it is just too soon for me to embrace a reboot and yet another origin Spidey story.  

Wiseguy 7/24/2011 3:53:13 AM

I read a detailed description of the video shown and I'm really excited for this film and have been since it was announced. But to finally have the Lizard is worth it all by itself. Anyway they said the Lizard looked huge and menacing. You can see he seems to be sticking his tongue out at one of the girls as if he wanted a taste, just terrorizing them.

Oh and the speech Garfield gave at the Con makes me want to root for him. Yeah I've read how some claim it's an act but one never knows, maybe he really is that big a fan. I'm rooting for him a little harder now


tallman 7/24/2011 6:08:12 AM

 I saw the video just now and I truly believe every word he said! I think Andrew Garfield will carry parker and spiderman to a new level. I really cannot wait for this.

tallman 7/24/2011 6:09:04 AM

 I only saw the andrew garfield speech by the way, not the lizard bit. 

krathwardroid 7/24/2011 10:17:36 AM

I think this movie will be much better than the other three. Of Raimi's films, only Spider-Man 2 was the best (not including Kirsten Dunst as MJ). From the way Curt Connors looks here, I expect that if they ever get around to reintroducing the symbiote in this series they will get it right. The Lizard just looks great. In the sequel, let's see what Vulture can do. 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/24/2011 10:35:36 AM

I don't how a lot of people say that a reboot is too soon? Is there some standard that I don't know about? Because as far as I'm concerned any number you give will be arbitrary. I mean a good movie is a good movie reboot, original, prequel, sequel or not. The amount of time since the last one doesn't change that fact. It makes me roll my eyes when people say that. I don't get it. I mean if the passage of time since the last movie was made mattered then all the Starw Wars preaquels and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skulls should have been AWESOME! But they weren't.

InnerSanctum 7/24/2011 11:40:46 AM

 I personally think a reboot is too soon because I just saw Spidey's origin story a few years ago.  And, here it is again.  That is too soon for me.  That is uninteresting to me.  I liked how Spidey 2 retold the origin in a few panels.  Maybe you just dig Spiderman, and that's fair, but I feel this is a "been there done that just yesterday."  It feels more like a rerun than a reboot.  I find it interesting that they talk about a more grounded and gritty  film, but they chose one of the most over the top of Spidey's villians.  I've read the Lizard is totally Hulked out.  Not really what I imagined for a "Dark Knight' approach to the web crawler.  I feel this "reboot" is just a desperate attempt by Sony to keep the franchise.  Maybe they will pull it offf, but I'd preferred to just see a Spidey story without the origin.  It is a year away before we can say this is a good/bad film and worthy of remaking.  BTW, I could give a flip less if Garfield is a fan of the comic or not.  What difference does that really matter?  I believe many actors have said they didn't read the source material until they were offered the part.  

Wiseguy 7/24/2011 12:05:14 PM

Fist it's been  or will be 10 years since the reboot next year I believeand 5 since the last.

Second even though it's retelling the origin it's a new take on the origin, the major story is a different story, different love interest and enemy.

Third I don't know where people get that this supposed to be Spidey's version of TDK, this is purely fanboy talk. The film's human story and setting can be grounded in reality without taking the fantasy out of the superhero's world. This to me is where Nolan's films fail and how a good comic book film is done. Keep grounded the emotional/human aspect but don't be afraid of the fantasy aspects

Fourth I really don't think it was sony's attempt to keep the property cause they could have easily kept to what's been established already. The fact is that Spidey 3 ran the franchise into the ground head first so just like WB did after Batman and Robin they decided it was time for a fresh start

Hobbs 7/24/2011 12:19:34 PM

I was reading today that Rhys Ifans got arrested trying to get into the panel room.  Something about not having the correct paperwork to get in so he got pissed shoved over a female security guard to get into the panel room.  Not a good move though seeing how Peter Parker looks like he is going to pull out a gun in school and start mowing down kids in that preview, I guess Ifans was right in character.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/24/2011 12:34:24 PM

Hobbs, I heard it was his entourage that he was pissed couldn't get in but yeah, he did get arrested.

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