'The Amazing Spider-Man' Introduces The Lizard in New Footage-Filled Clip (Video)

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The villain of the web-head reboot is introduced in depth by star Rhys Ifans and director Marc Webb.

After another viral video scavenger hunt completed by the most ardent of fans, Sony has released a new promotional video that spins forward bits of plot and footage for their upcoming superhero flick, The Amazing Spider-Man.

All along, the Marc Webb-directed film has worked to justify its existence as a reboot of a very recent trilogy by promising the untold story of Peter Parker, the gawky, geeky nerd whose encounter with a radioactive spider turned him into an arachnid-like crime fighter. With the iconic character having spun his first web in 1962, it would seem quite the challenge to surprise with new details, but it seems now that they've found a shortcut: invent a story from scratch.

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In the new film, Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans) is an employee of Oscorp (the company owned by Norman Osborn, the villain in the first trilogy) and, as he reveals to Parker (this time played by Andrew Garfield), an old friend and co-worker of his father. That differs from the character's origin story; in the sixth issue of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book, Connors is a scientist who lives in Florida.

In both versions, he has lost an arm, and desperately tries to synthesize the regenerative properties of reptiles into a formula that could help him grow back his lost limb, only to be turned into a sometimes-wild beast who loses all sense of right and wrong (somewhat like the Hulk, for those of you who just saw The Avengers).

As Ifans explains in this new video, Connors holds secrets about Parker's father, who left him at an early age (thus leaving Peter to live with is Aunt May and Uncle Ben). And just as in the comic books, Connors is not so much a classic villain as a transmogrified scientist, swinging between good and evil depending on the condition of his skin (smooth is good, green and scaly, not so much).