Towards the end of the movie, the big fight between Spider-Man and The Lizard (Kurt Connors) happens, and Spider-Man ends up defeating The Lizard, but gets thrown off the building. The issue with this is that The Lizard had previously destroyed his web shooters. However, just before Spider-Man would fall to his death, Kurt catches him while he’s reverting back to being human, and saves him.

Why did he save Spider-Man? Shouldn’t he be mad that he was thwarted? That Spider-Man turned him back into a human with only one arm and will be in prison for the rest of his life?

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This is actually easier to understand in the comics and the 90's cartoon series where Curt actually really likes Peter and respects his intelligence. You can also see that Curt and the Lizard are two different beings trapped in the same body (Jekyll and Hyde). From those other sources you see that whenever Curt comes back from being the Lizard he does his best to try and make amends for the foul deeds committed by his alter ego, in this case saving Spider-man from falling off Oscorp tower.

You can also see the disparity a little bit as Peter goes and talks with him after he's figured out that Curt is the Lizard. Instead of trying to hurt him there in the middle of the lab he just tells Parker to go away he's working on a solution himself.


This was a ridiculous and sloppy scene where the exposition and mythos of the film utterly failed, particularly Spiderman forgetting he could stick to walls but also Curt Connors had no reason to save Spiderman given what we're shown about his character, and no I'm not observing Kurt Connors as the character from the comics because this is an adaptation (film version only). In short, Kurt Connors saved Peter Parker not out of some respect from the twerp but because of hack writing to create shock value.

This whole scene was a faux pa, the only reason it was included was because of bad writing: Captain Stacey had already been slain and Spiderman forgot he was part spider for some reason so only Kurt Connors could save him? What?

If you believe this is an outlandish assumption ask yourself if Captain Stacey hadn't been fatally injured would he have saved Spiderman? The answer of course is yes but because he'd been removed from the picture only Kurt was left to save Peter. You see there are other scenes where sloppy writing has resulted in swapped character traits. For Example, in Star Wars Episode 2 when Senator Amidala was about to be killed, Obi-Wan rather than Anikan jumps after the probe.

Since I personally believe the easiest explanation is the most likely, it's more than likely and also proven the creative writing in this movie was severely lacking, see any movie review online for reasons why - it's also more so likely Captain Stacey was killed prematurely b/c of what we already know about Gwen Stacey - SPOILERS!!!

She's killed by Green Goblin in the comics!!! Yep, she dies from a broken neck.

Since a sequel is already on the horizon and Green Goblin is confirmed as one of the main baddies in the trailer as well as the main heroine of this film and the sequel being Gwen Stacey it's possible the writers in order to create dramatic effect likely had her father killed to increase the levity of her death, resulting in Spiderman's two biggest failures. This resulted in Connors briefly swapping character traits to ensure Peter lived to see another day . . . even when it was completely unnecessary.

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