New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Featurette: The Rise of Electro

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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.

amazing spider man 2 electro preview New Amazing Spider Man 2 Featurette: The Rise of Electro

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.

Source: MTV

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    • Electro seems reasonably cool to me, even though I initially wanted the green and yellow comics costume. But this version will pass the Goldilocks Acceptance Test, I think.
      Hope we get Scorpion and Mysterio next movie, though.

  1. Who could play Kingpin if they were to intro him in this universe?

    • I’d say Kim Kold. When people first look at him, they think he’d be a terrible actor, but his independent films are beautiful, and when he speaks English, his accent sounds elegant and sophisticated. I can’t think of anybody doing a better job.

      Sure, Duncan’s performance was cool and all, but to me, he just wasn’t the Kingpin. I didn’t mind him being black. They just took away his intellect, and cunning, and replaced it with brute power. Fisk is supposed to be both powerful and cunning. I think Kold can bring that.

      • I wasnt a fan of Duncans Kingpin at all, mostly for the reasons you state.

        Is Kingpin owned by Sony? or did he revert back to Marvel with Daredevil? or is he another grey zone character like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver?
        Part of me would like to see him in the Spidey Universe, but I would also like him to be the main antagonist in the Daredevil show (or maybe even looming in the background all of the Netflix shows)

  2. This movie is going to be dope! I can’t wait. It looks visually amazing, and I just know the action is gonna be awesome!

  3. This movie looks like it’ll be pretty sweet. I’m still confused as to why Sony wants to do a Sinister 6 movie rather than a Spider-Man movie where he battles the 6. IMO I think it’s doomed to fail. It just seems like a waste of screen time. That’s just me though

  4. The Spider-man trailers have been spot on and this is just as good. Must see!!!

  5. Although I am not a huge fan of the new Green Goblin without a mask/helmet, Electro is awesome. This sequel will be amazing.

  6. I’m as excited as anyone for this. But it is troubling how cartoony Foxx is playing Max Dillon. I mean, we are way beyond the campy and self-aware “im in a comic book movie!” method of acting. Thought that had passed in Batman and Robin. Do you think the over the top Max will throw you out of the movie?

  7. Marc Webb is this generation’s Schumacher.