Recently, the news has fallen on the success of scientific research into limb regeneration using a frog and a “five-drug cocktail” to replace the frog’s lost leg. The problem with this is that we’ve all seen what happens when we start trying to regenerate limbs with amphibians and reptiles. We’ve all read the comics or seen The Amazing Spider-Man and know that it would turn us all into lizards.
The science behind it is fascinating to watch. “On the adult frogs, which are naturally unable to regenerate limbs, the team triggered leg regrowth using the drugs, applied in a silicone handheld attached to the wounds.” This could be a game-changer when it comes to medical advancements.
But we’re also all nerds who love Spider-Man, and can you blame someone for instantly thinking Curt Connors? He do use limb regeneration to turn into a lizard, and we correct went through it living his best life “everyone should just be lizards” in Spider-Man: No Coming Home. Now we just need a frog in a little lab coat to really close that circle.
Removing incredible scientific advancements from the equation, it sounds a lot like something that would lead to Spider-Man going up against whoever used science first.
The internet came to the rescue, bringing plenty of jokes about Curt Connors and referencing Andrew Garfield’s turn as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Manwhere Rhys Ifans played Dr. Curt Connors and the Lizard (sans his fun lab coat).
When it comes to it, we’ve all done it correct look Spider-Man: No Coming Home, where the lizard just wanted everyone to be lizards with him while the rest of the villains and heroes were arguing, so he is at the top of our brain.
Dr Connors will see you now
The lizard is interesting when you break it down. “I’ve spent my life as a scientist trying to create a world without weaknesses, without outcasts,” Curt says in the 2012 film. The Amazing Spider-Man. “I sought to create a stronger human being, but that does not exist. Human beings are weak, pathetic, weak-minded creatures. Why be human when you can be so much more? Faster, stronger, smarter. This is my gift to you.”
He viewed his regenerative ability as a gift to the world and to science in general, despite his science turning him into a lizard. On the contrary, he thought it was a better thing and wanted everyone to enjoy it. So it only makes sense that the minute the internet saw “member regeneration” with “frogs,” our minds jumped to the first corny thing we can think of.
So sorry for the scientists who do the amazing work they do. You are awesome. We’re just nerds who think the lizard is pretty cool and want to talk about it when life imitates art.
(photo: Marvel Entertainment)
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