We've been pumped to see Spider-Man go toe to toe with the Lizard ever since we learned he'd be the villain in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, but some fans have worried that the reptilian baddie would creep into theaters without his famous white lab coat. Well, director Marc Webb has finally addressed the issue, and he says you can all relax.
The comic book version of the character—one of Spidey's earliest villains—has been rockin' the lab coat ever since his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 way back in 1963, so it's understandable that many fans would consider it a bit blasphemous if his first big-screen appearance wound up being a coatless one.
But in a new interview, Webb is putting your fears to rest.
"Be patient, grasshopper," Webb said. "[Regarding] the lab coat, be patient ... you won't be disappointed."
That's enough to make a Spidey fan's day, but there's more. Webb also gave yet another thematic explanation for why the Lizard was the perfect villain for the flick, and how he and Peter Parker are alike.
"There was a moment where I asked: what is this movie about? At the beginning of the movie, Peter Parker has a missing piece: his parents. It's this thing that's left him. His desire to find that motivates him and drives him and sets him on his path," Webb said. "For the Lizard, Doctor Connors has a missing arm, which sets him on his path. There's this symmetrical theme in Curt Connors being the literal embodiment of the movie's theme: we all have a missing piece. How we look to fill that void is how we define ourselves. It made sense. After I figured that out, it was a logical choice."
"Obviously, Curt's morality is looser than Peter's turns out to be, but their motivations are quite similar. They just evolve and manifest themselves in different ways."
So there you go, Lizard lovers. Your villain has a strong thematic presence in the movie, and he's also got a lab coat ... in some form, at least.