Fresh off his starring role in this Christmas' Django Unchained, actor Jamie Foxx is in early negotiations to play the lead villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with all signs pointing to Electro as the character.
While Jamie Foxx's interest in a role for this sequel has been confirmed, the villain has not. Many believe that Electro was the mysterious figure featured in The Amazing Spider-Man's end credits. And Foxx himself teased the character with a Halloween Tweet just moments ago.
Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well.— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) November 1, 2012
This would be the first time that Electro has ever appeared on screen. The character first appeared in 1964's The Amazing Spider-Man #9. Here is Marvel's official description of the character.
"Maxwell Dillon has been one of Spider-Man's most frequent and enduring adversaries, often fighting alongside some of the more powerful masterminds in the web-head's rogues gallery, rather than creating intricate plots of his own. Raised by his overprotective mother, after his father abandoned them, Max had ambitions of being an electrical engineer. However, after being convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough to pursue such a career, Max instead reluctantly took a job as a lineman for an electric company. While repairing a power line still connected to its spool, Max was struck by lightning. Instead of being killed, the freak accident caused a mutagenic change in his nervous system, allowing him to generate and control vast amounts of electricity. After creating a colorful costume, Max turned to a life of crime as Electro."
The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy is moving towards the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Electro does not play a role in her death in the comic books. It is unlikely, however, that if Jamie Foxx is not playing Electro, he would be playing the Green Goblin.
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