The mid-credits sequence of The Amazing Spider-Man featured a shadowy figure confronting the imprisoned villain Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) - a figure who subsequently disappeared in a flash of lightning. The nature of that exit prompted many fans to think that Spider-Man villain Electro would be (an? THE?) antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Fan speculation was later given credence, thanks to a recent report stating that the sequel will include Electro, Harry Osborn and love interest Mary Jane Watson.
Well, now word is in that actor Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Variety is reporting the news, saying that Foxx has begun preliminary talks with Sony about taking on the role. The actor and studio have a fledgling relationship due to Sony distributing Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained internationally ( it stars Foxx); the actor will also star in Sony's upcoming action flick White House Down, in which he play a U.S. president being protect by Channing Tatum's secret service character.
For those who don't know, Electro (real name Max Dillon) is a Spider-Man villain dating back to 1964. He started as an electrical engineer who gained the powers of a human electrical capacitor due to a freak lighting strike. For the Amazing Spider-Man universe, however, we will probably see the origin story of Electro from the Ultimate Spider-Man continuity, in which his powers result from the sort of bioengineering that created The Lizard in the first film.
Of course, the big issue you will likely hear echoed across the Internet (ad nauseam) is that Electro is a white character - and Foxx is black. On the heels of the news that black UK actor Idris Elba could play James Bond, the issue of "trading races" when it comes to depictions of film characters has gotten pretty volatile. We're not going to discuss it here, though; I'm sure the Interwebs at large will do that for us.
Amazing Spider-Man certainly left the door wide open for a sequel, with many questions about Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) past, and the machinations of Norman Osborn still waiting to be answered. Presumably, the story of Max Dillon will be factored into the larger mythos the rebooted franchise has been building - but we'll have to wait and see the finer points of Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci's (Star Trek Into Darkness) revision of James Vanderbilt's (Zodiac) script to know how, exactly, the puzzle fits together.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be in theaters on May 2, 2014.