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.
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.
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.