In case you haven’t heard by now, Jamie Foxx is having a pretty good year. Not only will he produce and direct a five episode horror anthology this fall as part of SyFy’s 31 Days Of Halloween, he’s also stepping into the shoes of another Spidey supervillain for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
This marks the very first time we’ll be seeing Electro on screen, so I figure a brief history lesson between these tasty, tasty on set pics of Foxx in Electro regalia is in order.
Now I know he looks a little different but keep in mind this is the Electro from both the Ultimate Spider-Man comic and season 2 of Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man (below), so it’s fitting that this be the Electro we see.
Electro started life as Maxwell “Max” Dillon, your typical electrical engineer/lineman who experienced a mutagenic change and turned into a living electrical capacitor after being struck by lightning while fixing a power line. After stealing electrical equipment from Stark Industries (yes, THAT Stark Industries) to charge himself, he was approached by Magneto (yes, THAT Magneto) who urged him to join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (as by Magneto’s own admission, Dillon’s powers rivaled his own) but Dillon said “No thank you.”
The next day, Dillon accidentally killed the loan shark coming to collect on the money he’d borrowed to pay for the machinery he needed, by shooting a blast of lightning through the thug’s chest (after said thug drew a gun on him) which put him on the path to a life of crime.
Calling himself “Electro”, his first official crime was the Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson, when he broke into the Bugle and stole everything from Jameson’s safe right in front of him, prompting Jameson to believe that Electro was a Spider-Man alter ego – which of course prompts Spidey to prove him wrong.
Returning to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (as Spidey and Gwen Stacy, respectively), Sally Field and Martin Sheen (Aunt May and Uncle Ben) and there’s some new faces joining the fold; Chris Cooper (American Beauty) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) will be stepping into the shoes of Norman and Harry Osborn (played by Willem Dafoe and James Franco in the Tobey Maguire-fueled Spidey trilogy), The Decendants‘ Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson (previously played by Kirsten Dunst) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) as the other supervillain also making his way into the Spidey film universe for the first time – The Rhino.
Seeing as Electro’s made his way across most of the Marvel comic book universe, including Daredevil and Fantastic Four, I’m curious to see if he’ll land in any other Marvel films…if Foxx crushes the role like I think he will, VERY possible!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014, so HOPEFULLY this means some beautiful bean footage come THIS July at San Diego Comic Con!
Be excited! B-E excited!
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