The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Viral Campaign Finds the Lizard Guilty

Fictionally, it seems that three months have passed since the events of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and, today, the sequel’s viral Daily Bugle Tumblr has offered the following update on the trial of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans):

The trial of Dr. Curt Connors came to an end as the former geneticist for Oscorp Industries was found guilty on all twenty counts for which he was indicted, including the murder of NYPD Captain George Stacy.

Connors and his attorney, Anne Weying, were unable to convince the jury that he was not responsible for his deadly actions while transformed. His defense that he only injected himself with the serum that changed him into the Lizard to prevent Oscorp Industries from experimenting on innocent civilians did not sway the jury.

Next stop: Rikers. But even that is controversial. Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has said their facility is better served for housing and studying a prisoner such as Connors, but the judge has yet to rule on where Curt Connors will spend what is likely to be the rest of his life.

Since we already know that Ravencroft appears in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Connors’ final verdict could hint at a cameo by Ifans in the May 2 release. If he winds up going to Rikers, however, it’s likely that the soonest we’ll see the Lizard again is in Drew Goddard’s The Sinister Six (if at all). The viral posts definitely seem to be setting some kind of stage for the sequel, however, so check back for updates as they become available.

Opening in theaters on May 2, 2014, the Marc Webb-directed sequel also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak and Sarah Gadon.