The Lizard in Spider-Man: No Way Home was based on his The Amazing Spider-Man appearance, but could it have always been more comic-accurate?
There is always a fierce debate around comic book movies character designs and whether they should stay faithful to the source materials or mix things up a little. New concept art for Spider-Man: No Way Home has revealed that the latest appearance of the Lizard on screen could have been much closer to his comic book appearance than the version played by Rhys Ifans in the record-breaking third solo MCU outing for Tom Holland’s web-slinging hero. While there was nothing at all wrong with the version that made it into the movie, the unused early designs show a much more reptilian take on the character that would have been great to see realized in the final film.
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker found himself up against a number of enemies from other universes. These consisted of Green Goblin, Doc Ock, and Sandman from Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man movies, along with The Lizard and Electro from Andrew Garfield’s world. Of course, despite the denials, it also turned out that both Spider-Man actors were also back in their costumes for another round of Marvel action than none of them anticipated just a few years ago.
When it comes to the Lizard, or Dr. Curt Conners, the character was the villain of Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man movie. A scientist who experimented with lizard DNA on himself, inadvertently turning him into a half-man, half-reptile creature who struggled to retain his human side and was ultimately defeated by Garfield’s hero. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, the character of The Lizard was based on the same version of the character, so although other designs were considered, it seems that having that continuity was more important than recreating the character from scratch.
At the time The Amazing Spider-Man released in 2012, there were a number of fans who we disappointed at how little detail had gone into the design of the Lizard. From that moment on, his appearance almost a decade later in Spider-Man: No Way Home was condemned to suffer the same fate with this being the same variant of the Lizard and the visual effects team wanting to make that clear.
The reveal of the alternative Lizard design by artist Ian Joyner certainly seems to be one that would have been preferred by fans of the movie, with its more developed lizard-like head and claws, as well as the torn lab coat as a reminder of the human he once was. Whether it is a version that will ever be seen is something we will just have to wait and see, but as we know now, anything is possible in the multiverse.
Fans will soon be able to relive all of the action from Spider-Man: No Way Home with the digital release being bumped up a week to March 15, reportedly after a copy of the Blu-ray version of the film was leaked online last week. The next phase of the Marvel multiverse will continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at the beginning of May. The film is released on May 6, 2022.
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