It was not too long ago that it was announced that Marc Webb would be returning to direct the sequel to his rather excellent The Amazing Spider-Man. The sequel is still not been granted a proper title, so for now we will simply call it The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but along with Webb’s return also came Andrew Garfield returning as Spidey himself, and Emma Stone returning as Gwen Stacy. More recently it was announce that Shailene Woodley would be joining the cast as Mary Jane Watson. This just leaves the villain, or quite possibly one of the villains.
When the film was first released the director said there would be a clue to the sequels villain in the film, and sure enough there was. At the end of the film a shadowy figure approached Dr Curt Connors in his jail cell, asking if Peter Parker knew the truth about his Father. However, while we still don’t know who this figure was, we may have missed the vital clue. If you remember, there were flickering lights during this scene and flashes of lightning behind the cell walls. A villain from the Spider-Man comics, Electro first appeared in Spider-Man number 9 in 1964, and he could control electricity. So there was your clue, but who will play him?
It was revealed this week that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx was in talks to play the role, and sure enough the actor took to Twitter yesterday to reveal the following Tweet:
“Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well”
Could be taken as Foxx enjoying Halloween, but the Tweet was added to the official Facebook page for The Amazing Spider-Man, and that says it all really now, doesn’t it?
So, who is Electro, and will he be an exciting villain? The answer to that last question is “oh yes, he will be an amazing villain”. As for a proper description of him, check out the following written by CinemaBlend:
The villain was originally an electrical engineer named Maxwell Dillon – traditionally drawn as a white guy – who was involved in a lightning accident that caused his body to turn into an electrical capacitor. Though his powers were initially weak after the accident, needing to steal electrical equipment to make himself stronger, eventually he grew stronger and quickly gained full control over his awesome powers to control electricity.
Over the course of his long run in the comics the character has been able to do a number of impressive things with his power. These abilities include being able to fire lightning bolts, electrocute people through simple contact, expand his electrical energy through recharging (which can make him grow to enormous size and look like pure energy), create localized electrical storms, ionize metal and even shut down the wall-crawler’s wall-crawling ability. As for weaknesses, water isn’t exactly his friend.
It’s also worth noting that Electro was one of the original members of the Sinister Six, the team organized by Doctor Octopus to try and kill Spider-Man. In addition to Electro and Doc Ock, the group also included Vulture, Kraven The Hunter, Mysterio and Sandman.