About a month ago, rumors began to circulate about Jamie Foxx joining the cast of Marc Webb’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ as the villain Electro. Then, earlier this month, it was made official that the Academy Award-winning actor was on board. Though many fans were surprised by the choice, it’s hard to deny that Foxx is a talented actor that has a lot to bring to role, including his massive excitement to be a part of the film as Max Dillon.
In a recent interview with MTV probably conducted to promote his new movie ‘Django Unchained’, Foxx shared a few details about his character’s origin and costume. Check out the video below:
Firstly, unless Webb changed some things around, Electro’s real name is Max, not Matt. Secondly, the director (or the writers) probably did change some things around with Electro’s origin if there’s hero worship and “sidekicking” going on because none of that was part of the character’s original backstory. However, that part about the overbearing mother being partially to blame for the villainous turn is kept in tact from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s original bio.
As for the costume, it seems that, like many of the Marvel movies, ASM2 is looking to the Ultimates Universe for inspiration. Maybe they’ll look to the updated appearance of the villain that was debuted in the comics during the ‘Gauntlet’ storyline in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ where Dillon has lightning scars on his face rather than the mask. As Foxx hinted at, the costume needs to be updated in order for audiences of this day and age to really buy it, so I don’t see much wrong there.
Though it may not be lifted exactly from the comics, it certainly sounds like an interesting way to introduce Electro into the franchise. As long as we don’t stray too far into “New Goblin” territory, I think things will be okay. But what do you think about Electro’s new origin as described by Jamie Foxx? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ starring Andrew Garfiled and Emma Stone hits theaters on May 2, 2014.