Keywords:

  • The latest No Way Home trailer revealed several new secrets about the forthcoming movie.
  • Rhys Ifans’ Lizard is among the villains returning for the film.
  • No Way Home reveals that several of the returning villains get improved looks.
  • Following the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, fans criticized Lizard’s design for his lack of a snout and lab coat.

 

Villains in the upcoming film

The Spider-Man: No Way Home 4k trailer revealed clear new looks at the villains in the upcoming film. This includes a subtle update to Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man. The latest No Way Home trailer revealed several new secrets about the forthcoming movie. For instance, fans already knew Spider-Man (Tom Holland) messes with Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) memory wipe spell. This causes past Spider-Man villains to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the latest footage shows why Parker interferes. It reveals that he only viewed his life as normal after MJ (Zendaya) learned about his secret identity. Additionally, the trailer reveals why Spider-Man fights against Doctor Strange. Peter Parker wants to save the villains’ lives, but Doctor Strange insists it’s their destiny to die (BRADLEY, 2021).

 

Rhys Ifans’ Lizard

Rhys Ifans’ Lizard is among the villains returning for the film. The character first appeared in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, taking on Andrew Garfield’s version of Peter Parker. Lizard’s ultimate goal is turning the human population into lizard hybrids. However, Garfield’s Spider-Man thwarts the plan, dousing New York in an antidote instead. The treatment also hits Lizard, which transforms him back into the human version of Curtis Connors. He’s ultimately arrested and appears in a post-credit scene where he’s visited by a mysterious person while in captivity.

 

Jamie Foxx’s Electro

In the new footage of the character, Lizard gets an updated design. It is best seen in the 4k version of the No Way Home trailer. No Way Home reveals that several of the returning villains get improved looks. For instance, Marvel completely changes Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. They have given the character yellow electricity instead of sticking with Electro’s odd blue design. However, Lizard’s changes are less drastic. The character’s look is mostly the same as his previous design. But his face appears to be slightly more reptilian. He seems to have more lizard-like grooves and a potentially more pronounced snout (BRADLEY, 2021).

 

Lizard’s updates

Overall, Lizard’s updates work. Marvel is giving most of the returning villains slightly different appearances. For Lizard, that means taking on even more lizard-like qualities. The trailer doesn’t offer a clear look at the updated villain design. However, changes appear pronounced enough to come across in the brief scenes. Lizard still closely resembles his original design, so the look won’t throw fans off. However, it also makes sense that Connors could develop more animalistic qualities after spending more time as Lizard. Also, with the Multiverse, endless versions of the characters are possible. So, the MCU can get away with villain changes, such as Lizard’s, without needing to go through long-winded explanations about them.

 

Fans Criticism

Still, it’s unclear if the updated design fully addresses a primary concern. Following the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, fans criticized Lizard’s design for his lack of a snout and lab coat. Though the character briefly has a lab coat in the film as he often sports in the comics, eventually tearing it off. While the character’s original appearance in Marvel’s comics also had him sans snout, later designs have him looking more lizard-like. The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer doesn’t show Lizard in a lab coat. The possibility of a more pronounced snout could make the look more on the nose with fan expectations (BRADLEY, 2021).

 

Bibliography

BRADLEY, B. B. (2021, November 19). Lizard’s MCU Redesign Confirmed By 4K Alt-Version . Retrieved from Screenrant: https://screenrant.com/spiderman-no-way-home-lizard-design-different-change/