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Spider-Man Comic-Con panel includes first look at The Lizard

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: The first official teaser trailer for Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” debuted earlier this week, to a very mixed reaction. Last night Sony had their panel at San Diego Comic-Con and revealed footage from the upcoming film, complete with web-shooters and radioactive spiders.

The “Spider-Man” panel kicked off with actor Andrew Garfield in a cheap Spider-Man costume giving a passionate speech about how Spider-Man has inspired him and why he loves the character so much.

The panel included director Marc Webb, Emma Stone (the new Gwen Stacy), producers Matt Tomack and Avi Arad, with Garfield joining them on stage. The footage shown was a clip package (including some unfinished, rough cut material) that showcased Garfield as Peter Parker and his relationship with Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacy and the film’s villain, The Lizard.

In one scene, Peter find his father’s old OsCorp Industries employee ID in his attaché case, along with a top secret file that leads him back to OsCorp, where Gwen Stacy works as an assistant for Dr. Curt Connors.

Drew McWeeny of HitFix walked way feeling confident about the Webb’s film. “What really did it for me was seeing the wise-cracking, fast-talking Spidey, the one I’ve never seen in a film before. Garfield is just plain funny as Spider-Man… It’s playful. It’s not dour at all. And it’s the Spider-Man that I always wanted from the Raimi films.”

The real highlight of the footage, though, was the first appearance of The Lizard, monstrous alter-ego of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). Here are some reactions from writers in attendance:

“In the footage that first revealed the look of The Lizard, he comes up from the sewer through a toilet in a girls’ bathroom to scare a couple of young girls. His look is best described as Killer Croc meets Venom but the size of the Hulk. He’s huge, with a flat face and long tongue, and really detailed dark green, reptile scales.” – Germain Lussier, SlashFilm.

“The short piece ends with The Lizard smashing his way up through the floor of the girls bathroom in a high school, terrifying two teenaged girls. He’s a big giant CGI creature, very animal, with a nasty tongue and a flat, reptile face. He’s not exactly the version we’ve seen before, but if I had to name the character, I think “The Lizard” would be entirely fitting.” – Drew McWeeny, HitFix

“More of a cross between a lizard and a human’s, with a flat nose, but a grotesque curled mouth. As the two girls are pinned to the wall in fear, a long pink tongue unfurls from his mouth, and we see a row of pointed teeth. The level of detail is impressive — the Lizard actually does look wet, and you can see each individual scale. And yes — he and his tongue were in 3D.” – Lauren Davis, io9

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