Amazing Spider-Man Gives an MCU Villain a Monstrous Upgrade | CBR

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #91, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

Amazing Spider-Man #91, by Kelly Thompson, Sara Pichelli, Fran Galán, Brian Reber and VC’s Joe Caramagna, reveals a deadly new version of Dr. Curt Connors/Lizard.

In Amazing Spider-Man #91, Ben Reilly and Peter Parker work together to take down the Beyond Corporation, who are running a program to create supervillains on Staten Island. They’re soon joined by Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. Throughout the issue, there’s a tease of something deadly hiding behind “Door Z,” and in the book’s climax, Ben opens the door. A large and winged version of the Lizard then steps out from behind the door.

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The “Beyond” storyline opened with Ben returning and telling Peter that the Beyond Corporation had made him the new Spider-Man, as they own the rights to the hero. While Peter initially didn’t approve of his clone becoming Spider-Man, the hero was gravely injured during a battle against the U-Foes. During his convalescence, Peter gave Ben permission to officially serve as Spider-Man. However, as the storyline progressed, it became clear that the Beyond Corporation was much more sinister than it first appeared to be.

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the Lizard first appeared in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #6. In hopes of regrowing his lost right arm, Connors created a serum based on lizard DNA that resulted in him turning into the Spider-Man villain. Generally, Connors himself is depicted as good, with the evil Lizard portion of his personality part of his subconscious. The character has appeared in live-action on several occasions. Most recently, the Lizard served as one of the villains in 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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Following the end of the “Beyond” storyline, Marvel will relaunch the Amazing Spider-Man, with Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. helming the title. At this time, details about the new series are scarce. However, the plot synopsis for the book teased Peter being “on the outs” with the Fantastic Four, Avengers and even Aunt May. The title’s relaunch comes in time for the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man’s debut.

Amazing Spider-Man #91 is on sale now from Marvel Comics. The next issue of the series, The Amazing Spider-Man #92, goes on sale March 9.

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