Photos from the set of Avatar 2 - no, wait, apparently that’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 - have revealed star Jamie Foxx as a blue-skinned version of the classic Spider-Man villain, Electro. Foxx was something of a controversial choice when initially selected to play the traditionally-white character – so the decision of director Marc Webb and his creative team to go with an updated look for the character is sure to rile certain fans even more than they have been already.
Amazing Spider-Man 2 will continue the rebooted tale of young Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), whose parents disappeared under mysterious circumstances while working for industry mogul, Norman Osborn. We know the second film will expand upon the role of Osborn Industries and its founding family (as evidenced by recent teaser photos) – and Foxx’s character, Max Dillon, will almost certainly be the subject of the sort of Osborn-brand gene manipulation that created Spider-Man and The Lizard – resulting in the disfigured, blue-skinned version of Electro we see today’s set photos.
Check out our first look at the new Electro:
Obviously there will be some kind of electrical effects work added in post-production, but even in practical makeup that’s a sight to see. The ‘Jamie Foxx in Avatar‘ jokes and memes are no doubt already writing themselves all across the Internet.
However, it should be noted that this design IS in keeping with Spider-Man canon – specifically the design of the Electro character in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book continuity, and even more so the adaptation of the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series (which, as has been indicated, could be a strong influence on this sequel film). At the very least, no one can complain that the filmmakers are dishonoring the source material; but otherwise… we’re sure there is going to be division over the look.
For those not yet in the know, Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also bring back Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy (but for how long?), with actors Chris Cooper (American Beauty) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) taking over the roles of Norman and Harry Osborn, made famous by Willem Dafoe and James Franco in the original trilogy. Sally Field and Martin Sheen will again appear (in some capacity) as Aunt May and Uncle Ben; Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will appear as Mary Jane Watson; Colm Feore (Thor) could be playing some kind of warden character, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is still slated for a mystery role – and Paul Giamatti is playing The Rhino.
Fanboy tidbits include the inclusion of the iconic Ravencroft Institute for super criminals (leading to possible villain cameos); news that there will be multiple Spider-Man costumes in the film; and a juicy teaser image that could hint at a number of fun villain story arcs to come.
So far, the production of Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been a successful attention-grabber.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.