Only the most die-hard Spider-Fans will remember the Iguana. With a sole appearance in Marvel Comics’ “Spectacular Spider-Man” #32-34 in 1979, the character, created by Bill Mantlo and Jim Mooney, as an ordinary iguana until an experiment of Dr. Curt Connors went horribly wrong. The Iguana was imbued with Connors’ memories and the personality and powers of his evil alter-ego, the Lizard. Now, Activision and Beenox have re-imagined the Iguana for inclusion in the “Amazing Spider-Man” video game, which takes place after the events of Marc Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man” film.
According to Activision’s character background, the Iguana was once a normal iguana named “Iggy” whose body mutated into a seven-foot tall reptile within the walls of Oscorp.
“In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ video game, Iguana has been re-imagined to be more animalistic than its comic book counterpart,” Art Director Moise Breton said via press release. “The visual approach is less cartoony, which makes for really interesting details. He is also permanently mutated and does not return to his original form during the day. Therefore, he must hide in the dark corners of Manhattan in his effort to survive.”
Breton also detailed the Iguana’s powers in-game, which are distinctly different than his “father,” the Lizard.
“Iguana uses his scream in order to influence or mind control other creatures affected by the cross-species virus,” said Breton. This power makes him unique among other villains in the game, and Spidey will have to tap into his creativity to figure out how to defeat Iguana.”
The Iguana is the latest in a line of villains appearing in “The Amazing Spider-Man” game, including the Rhino. The game takes its cue from the fan-favorite “Spider-Man 2” game with a return to an open world environment for Spidey to swing around to his heart’s content. Developer Beenox recently showcased the game at this year’s Game Developers Conference, highlighting the new “web rush” mechanic.
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