Jamie Foxx's Electro Will Not Be Covered in Cartoon Lightning Bolts

December 18, 2012


Speaking about his character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and as to whether his face would be covered in a star made of cartoon lightning, Jamie Foxx has given some insights as to what we can expect from his villainous turn as Electro.

foxx-wanda.jpgFirstly, it seems that imagining Foxx's Electro as Wanda (right)--her vibrant curls representative of writhing electricity, her cross-eyed face mad with power--is not an accurate way to be envisioning the character. As Foxx recently explained to MTV, the new costume is apparently going to be a lot more sleek and modern than a green leotard covered in yellow lightning symbols. Said Foxx:

"Marc Webb and all of those guys, they're smart. They know that it has to make sense in 2013, so the suit is really slick. It's actually black. It's a new age."

The Django Unchained star also had some things to say about his electric villain's new beginnings, explaining that the new take on Electro paints him in a way much more identifiable to comic book fans: as a dejected loser just happy that someone knows his name.

"You'll see that in his whole life, no one is talking to him. People have stolen his ideas at the big company. He's a nobody," Foxx told MTV News about Electro's back story in the "Spider-Man" sequel. "At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, 'You're my guy. You're my eyes and ears on the street. And he says his name -- no one has ever said [Max] Dillon's name."

(Note: Though Max Dillon is the character's name in the comics, Foxx actually keeps referring to his character as "Matt Dillon," either mistakenly or because now the villain is an incensed Matt Dillon, driven to crime after his experiences on the set of Old Dogs.

According to Foxx, the encounter with Spider-Man leaves Dillon with the feeling he's sort of the superhero's partner, but those proud feeling soon turn foul. The impetus for the switch? Electro's mom forgets his birthday! And as we all well know, nothing breeds villainy like the unsatisfied expectations of a $20 Best Buy gift card.

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