In certain countries The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released with the subtitle Rise of Electro, in reference to the mild-mannered electrician Max Dillon-turned wrathful super-villian (played by Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) – one of the multiple super-powered foes that Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker must contend with, in this second installment of the rebooted Spider-Man movie continuity.
Early during the film’s marketing, director Marc Webb insisted that Max Dillon’s arc will be the unifying story thread in Amazing Spider-Man 2, upon which other the film’s many other sub-plots – either new or carried over from the previous film (see: Peter and Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) complicated relationship) – shall be hung upon.
Of course, more recently Sony has pretty much (and wisely) abandoned any pretense about the Amazing Spider-Man sequel being Electro’s movie. The latest trailers and pics released for the film hightlight Harry Osborn’s (Dane DeHaan) transformation from Pete’s childhood friend – who, as a young man, appears to start out as Pete’s alley against his father’s threatening “empire” Oscorp Industries – into the menacing, havoc-wreaking Green Goblin.
That said, as the above featurette (an MTV exclusive) calls attention to, there’s still a bit of meat to Max’s personal journey in the film, which could help to distinguish Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s version of Electro from similar past superhero villain archetypes, like Jim Carrey’s The Riddler in Batman Forever or Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3.
As Garfield reveals, Max doesn’t immediately turn to evil or attempt to attack the public, upon his physical change into a electrical freak of nature. It’s only after the authorities try to kill him, coupled with Pete being oblivious to Max’s hero worship towards him, that the aloof, yet kind Oscorp electrician finally snaps and lets loose years of pent-up rage.
Nothing is officially written in stone yet for Sony’s planned Sinister Six - a spinoff from the Amazing Spider-Man movie series about a team of super-villains – as far as which of Spider-Man’s arch-nemeses will make the final cut. However, Foxx has teased that Electro may be part of the roster, while Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal has indicated that by the conclusion to Amazing Spider-Man 2, most every Sinister Six member will have either shown up onscreen or been directly foreshadowed.
It sounds as though the Electro of the Amazing Spider-Man universe will get a satisfying backstory in the sequel, so it could both make sense and be desirable for Sinister Six writer – and potential director – Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) to bring Foxx’s character back for that spinoff. Let us know if you agree/disagree, based on what’s been shown of Electro in this year’s Spider-Man sequel thus far.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in U.S. theaters on May 2nd, 2014.