‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Comic-Con 2013 Teaser Video: Electro Arrives

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Sony appears to be jumping ahead of the pack when it comes to dropping details about The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We’ve had some pretty juicy details from co-star Felicity Jones, and now we have our first real look at major villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.

The teaser video above, released in anticipation of Sony’s official panel this Friday, gives fans an extended view of Foxx as the electrified villain, and it’s our latest look outside of unofficial set photos and the recent EW cover shot.

The first thing that immediately comes to mind: what is that machine? Where did it come from? Is this thing infusing Electro with his powers? And most importantly – who is the “Doc” he’s referring to in the video (could it be Doctor Otto Octavius)? Given that this incarnation is clearly drawn from the “blue sparky” version of the character from the Ultimate Spider-Man  continuum – rather than the green-on-yellow costume from the classic Spidey days with that garish (but still kind of awesome) head-piece – Electro’s cinematic origins could be up in the air.

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Or not. While details on The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s plot remain shrouded in mystery, we do know that the first film’s exploration of gene-splicing will impact the plot of the sequel. In the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, Max Dillon was a criminal whose genes were experimented on by scientists in the employ of Justin Hammer (Iron Man/Tony Stark’s migraine-inducing rival), resulting in a super-powered mercenary. Since Hammer has been established as part of Marvel/Disney’s cinematic universe in Iron Man 2, we can safely say he won’t be involved in this… but expect the core of this origin to remain.

We’re still left to piece together the bits and pieces of the storyline. We know our friendly neighborhood web-slinger will face off against Electro and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti), a prison full of super villains and that Mary Jane Watson will not be in the film. As if that weren’t enough for Spidey to deal with, Harry and Norman Osborn’s inclusion likely mean serious trouble – and are most likely the source of all the gene-spliced henchman Spidey will face.

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Whatever director Marc Webb and writers James Vanderbilt, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner have in store, Jamie Foxx’s passion for the character and world of the story should silence any racist purist fans who initially questioned the casting of this role. This looks like a villain who wants to test the limits of his power, and will hopefully serve as a welcome alternative from the mad-scientist-who-turns-into-a-monster trope that is all too common within Spider-Man (although we’ll probably be getting Giamatti’s character as gangster-who-turns-into-a-monster, but at least it’s something a little different).


As teased above, “Electro Arrives” on July 19 at 4:00pm in Hall H. Stay tuned for more Comic-Con news as things unfold down in San Diego.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2, 2014.

Source: Sony

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  1. @ The author of this article- Stop trying to silence valid fan concerns by labeling them ‘racist’. It’s a bullying tactic pure and simple.

    Depending on the character, sometimes going against the original design is sacrilege. In this case I agree, Jamie Foxx will probably make a fine Electro (based on his resume). However, changing the ethnicity of Johnny Storm in the FF4 reboot would be a terrible idea, this considering that Sue Storm would still be caucasian (They would have to inject an adoption story, or something less plausible, wasting screen time to explain something that was never even remotely in the source material).

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again:

    I want my Black Panther to be a black guy.

    I want my Superman to be a white guy.

    I want my Spawn to be a black guy.

    I want my Thor to be a white guy.

    Certain characters I could be more flexible about. (I was about to add Spider-man to my list but thought “actually, Spidey could easily be played by any ethnicity” based on his personal character and the diversity of his location.)

    Like the Hulk, open.
    Green Lantern, open.
    The Punisher, open.

    …I could go on all day.

    Bottom line: It’s a matter of opinion, not racism. So leave that garbage at the door.

  2. I disagree primarily on Superman.

    The biggest problem is there is under girded assumption that “said” alien race looks like “said” “majority” group who created “said” “alien”. Alien is made in image and likeness of creator versus being something unique. Inject different cultural aspects into society who then proceed to do the same thing.

    The sad part is what makes us think they would look like any of us just so we can feel good in our own skin?