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Nightmare Fuel / The Amazing Spider-Man

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Never mess with a lizard that can heal.
This film was marketed as a Darker and Edgier version of the original Sam Raimi films. Sony wasn't joking.

WARNING: Spoilers are unmarked.

  • For arachnophobes, the scene where Peter first steps into the room in Oscorp with all of the spiders and accidentally activates something that ends up dropping several spiders all over him.
    • Even scarier knowing that one of those spiders later bites him and then was eventually found to still be crawling around on him.
    • Not to mention all the close-up photos of big hairy spiders during Peter's internet research. And the pictures of spider bites.

  • The lizard-mouse's ultimate form. We see it, half-lizard, eating its fellow mouse and twice its original size, with the hind legs and mouth of a lizard.

  • The Lizard himself is quite scary. A noteworthy moment being when a transforming Connors enters a taxi to head for the same place as Ratha and the driver asks if he's alright, to which Connors responds in a deep, growling tone:
    "JUST. DRIVE."
    • Perhaps the creepiest by the Lizard is when he confronts Peter at his own high school.
      "Nowhere to hide, Peter!"
      • What makes it creepy is just how..."normal" it sounds. No real baritones or growling. It sounds almost completely like it's pre-transformation Curt Connors speaking. This vocal dissonance plus the Slasher Smile he's wearing as he says it in that playfully mocking tone just makes it all the more unnerving.
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    • Police end up utilizing More Dakka on the Lizard. It appears to be working... but then we see his bullet wounds disappear due to his Healing Factor, and all of a sudden, the audience is treated to the Lizard's eye opening, to highlight just how screwed the policemen are. This moment is pictured.

  • The scene in which Peter has spun a web to see if he could track the Lizard in the sewers. We see a huge shadow, thinking it's the Lizard, when it turns out to be just a common lizard. Then we see a larger tail drop behind Peter...

  • When Gwen is hiding in the closet from The Lizard. The Scare Chord does not help matters.

  • Aunt May has to deal with Peter going out on all hours and returning with bruises and claw marks.

  • The bridge scene, with all of the panicked citizens from The Lizard. Then there's the child that Spider-Man has to save... it is scary to almost see that child die. It also shows that these are normal people who are being affected by the events of the movie. Unlike in most other Spider-Man media, we see these events as actual tragedies rather then just Fan Wank moments of awesome action. It's also the first time we, albeit subtly, get an insight into Peter's relation with the normal everyday citizens of New York, and his feelings about saving normal strangers lives.

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  • In the deleted scenes, there is a sequence that ends with the death of Dr. Ratha in which the Lizard is implied to bite his head off.

Video Game

  • The Cross Species Rampage at the beginning of the game, with Scorpion, Rhino, Nattie, Vermin and Iguana attacking the Oscorp scientists. Doesn't help that as the rampage starts, Vermin bites Gwen's arm in front of Peter. Each cross species in fact has their own moment:
    • Iguana slowly prowling like a Komodo Dragon toward a helpless scientist, drooling and snarling as the scientist frantically backs away and pleads for his life. One can only imagine his fear as he hopes to whatever higher power he worships that it has a shred of humanity and just might spare him if he tries to reason with it, and then the realization that it's nothing but a mindless animal that sees you as prey and nothing more.
    • A panicking employee running down a long hallway and into a storage area, trying to close the automatic door. Just as the door closes, Rhino comes barreling down the hallway and forces the door back open long enough to slip inside and trap the man in the room with him.
    • Nattie dropping out of a ceiling vent to land in front of a panicking woman and apparently beginning to EAT THEM ALIVE! One man rushes forward to help, and Nattie proceeds to grab him and leap away back into the ventilation ducts with him screaming the whole while.
    • Scorpion in fact gets three. One is when he first emerges from his containment tube in a fit of rage and uses his tail to skewer a scientist and lift him into the air on his stinger as he chokes and twitches. The other is when he has a man by the arm in his pincer and slowly drags him into an air vent as his friends watch. One friend hands him a crowbar, and he beats Scorpion in a desperate frenzy to survive. Scorpion doesn't even flinch, and only reacts by dragging him away faster. And lastly, a minor one, but when the other cross species escape into the sewers, Scorpion stops. He looks at you, then at the security camera screen that allows them to be tracked, and destroys it immediately. this is when you realize that Scorpion is a bit more dangerous in some ways than the others.

  • The cross species virus itself, Smythe sums it up best.
    Smythe: Any direct contact with these things lead to infection; infection leads to death, or becoming a cross species yourself.

  • The Infected, which are basically humans taken into the sewers, becoming zombie-like animalistic creatures. Turns to Fridge Horror when you realize that these are probably innocent people with their lives ahead of them.

  • During the climax, we see New York is basically a war zone; people are walking around, likely on the verse of transformation, and the infected are loose on the streets to, but are restrained by metal fences from attacking Spider-Man, and there are Smythe's robots going rampant, set to kill the infected citizens, and Smythe personally operating a giant robot that is constantly firing missiles. Basically it's like the end of days.
    • Even worse, throughout the game, you get a heads-up as to how many people in Manhattan are infected. As you see the above scene, you get the infected toll: 1,537,175. Every single man, woman, and child is on the verge of transforming into a cross-species. One has to wonder how much further it would go before even worse methods had to be enforced.

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