The Amazing Spider-Man videos get scaly

Columbia Pictures has released two videos depicting Curt Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man.

Curt Connors, in the comics and in this film, is the scientist who turns himself into a man-sized reptile – called ‘The Lizard’ – while attempting to use reptile DNA to grow back his lost arm. In the comics, Spider-Man fights him on several occasions, where he appears as a brute, mindless fighter in scales and a tattered lab coat. In some versions, his transformation is temporary but addictive, like a Jekyll and Hyde situation.

This first video, an in-canon clip, is presented as a television commercial or the beginning of an indoctrination video for an intern program at Connor’s laboratory.

The clues in and around that video lead to another clip on an in-canon Oscorp web-page. This video is a featurette which details the origin of The Lizard, who will be the film’s primary antagonist, interspersed with an interview with Rhys Ifans, the actor who will be playing the part of Connors/Lizard. Embedding is disabled on that video, so you’ll have to go there to see it.

Strangely, we still haven’t seen any clips or other promotional videos which have shown any really good looks at The Lizard as he appears in the film once fully transformed. Everything we’ve watched thus far was shot from the rear or in the shadows and so forth.

Here’s the theatrical trailer for the film:

and the official synopsis:

“The Amazing Spider-Man” is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd, 2012.