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Spider-Man: Why the Lizard Is Marvel’s Most Cold-Blooded Monster

The most recent development for the Lizard has left him in a feral state reminiscent of Todd McFarlane’s opening storyline during his Spider-Man run.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #70 by Nick Spencer, Federico Vicentini, Alex Sinclair and VC’s Joe Caramagna, on sale now.

Sinister War is preparing to kick off and Doctor Octopus has recruited a new version of the Sinister Six. Along with Octavius are some of Spider-Man’s greatest foes including Electro, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and the Lizard. However, this is not the Lizard that Peter Parker is used to facing. This version of the Lizard has been completely stripped of its human persona. The Lizard now has the potential to be more vicious than ever, echoing a version of the character that nearly finished the web-slinger.

Spider-Man #1 by Todd McFarlane, Bob Sharen, and Rick Parker saw the iconic hero nearing the height of his success only a few years into his role. After thwarting numerous cataclysmic threats, Spider-Man thought it was strange that thieves were still trying to operate in his city. Even more disheartening were the newspaper headlines about brutal murders that were happening all around New York. Fortunately, the most recent crime-scene photographs left Peter a hint about the culprit’s identity, as someone tried to spell “Connors” in the victim’s blood, as in Curt Conners, the alter ego of the Lizard.

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Spider-Man set out to find the Lizard but was unaware that the voodoo priestess Calypso was the real mastermind of the plot. A ritual had given her complete control over the Lizard, who she planned to use against the web-slinger. Her ritual disabled Peter’s spider-sense, and the Lizard attacked. This erupted into one of their most gruesome and bloody battles ever. The Lizard tore through an office building, critically injuring the web-head in the process. As the Lizard prepared to land a finishing blow, Spider-Man desperately kicked him away, inadvertently impaling him on a jagged piece of metal that appeared to kill the beast. The hero then fled, fearing that he had accidentally killed Conners.

This would not be the end for the Lizard as Calypso’s voodoo kept him alive and full of bloodlust. The pair fought again and Spider-Man was knocked out, with the priestess stopping the monster just short of killing the hero. When Peter regained consciousness, he was horrified to see a zombified version of Kraven the Hunter with the Lizard in tow. Kraven was revealed to actually be Calypso, using magic to disguise herself. She would go on to explain that she cared deeply for Kraven and that the two had become quite close until Kraven’s demise. This led her to use voodoo in an effort to destroy Spider-Man who she blamed for the death.

Her monologue was cut short as Spider-Man and the Lizard continued their battle. They knocked over Calypso’s pots filled with fire and severed a gas line, causing a great explosion. In a last-ditch effort, the hero managed to entangle the creature in a mass of chains that seemed to choke the Lizard to death. Calypso used this opportunity to collapse the building on itself before making her escape.

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Spider-Man’s last battle with a completely unhinged Lizard nearly cost him his life on more than one occasion. While this version of the Lizard did not have the consciousness of Curt Connors attempting to calm it from the inside, it did have Calypso, who was using voodoo to influence the beast. With Connors sidelined, more of the feral nature of the Lizard took over.

Now that Connors has been completely removed from the Lizard, the creature appears to have reverted to a more feral and aggressive state. Ironically, the Lizard is now in the possession of Kraven the Hunter, the son of the original Kraven who Calypso obsessed over. Regardless, the son of Kraven has already proven to be extremely dangerous which is only increased by the presence of the Lizard. Spider-Man struggled immensely the last time he fought the feral lizard, but their fight in “Sinister War” may turn out to be much more difficult, especially in combination with the threat of five more of his deadliest enemies.

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