Fans can get a first look at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, in new photos snapped on the film’s set.
The photos, taken while the filmmakers were shooting in New York’s Times Square, show Foxx wearing creepy blue makeup and prosthetics, as well as an LED-lined hoodie, revealing an Electro that might not be familiar to some fans of the classic villain.
In the original comics, Electro is an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. He turns to a life of organized crime.
The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask. But Foxx’s Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the villain. In the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics and TV series, Electro has a different original story involving genetic experimentation and he’s often portrayed as bald, strong and glowing with blue electricity.
The costume is part of the producers’ goal to create a more futuristic villain, Foxx told BlackFilm.com in December.
“They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow,” he said. “They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen [sic]. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
The sequel to 2012’s Andrew Garfield-starring “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due out May 2, 2014, and is directed by Marc Webb [“(500) Days of Summer”]. Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Shailene Woodley joining the cast as Mary Jane Watson, Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan as Norman Osborn and his son Harry, Paul Giamatti reportedly as villain the Rhino, and Colm Feore and Felicity Jones in roles yet to be announced.
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– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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