Peter Parker will be squaring of against the villain Electro in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 and filling out the bad guy’s costume will be Jamie Foxx.
Variety is reporting that the actor is in negotiations for the role. This was confirmed by the actor who tweeted earlier today –
Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well.
— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) November 1, 2012
Electro is an old school Spidey villain who first appeared back in The Amazing Spider-Man #9 in February 1964. After being struck by lightening, Max Dillon discovered that he could shoot electricity from his hands and embarked upon a crime spree that was ultimately stopped by Spider-Man. The villain has been a regular member of the wallcrawler’s stable of villains virtually ever since.
It shouldn’t come as much of a shock, forgive the pun, that Electro is the villain. In the first film’s mid-credits tag scene a mysterious, cloaked-in-shadows man approached that film’s villain Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, in his prison cell for some discussion about Peter Parker’s past. Based on the fact that the mysterious person appeared at one point to have some lightening surrounding him, many concluded that he could possibly be Electro.
This will mark the character’s first appearance in a Spider-Man film although he almost made it to the big screen twice before. The first time was back in the late `90s when James Cameron was developing the property. The second time was when Sam Raimi, director of the last Spider-Man trilogy of films which starred Toby Maguire, was developing a fourth film.
Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is set to return to the franchise as are stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey. Shailene Woodley is in talks to join the cast as Peter’s future love interest Mary Jane Parker.
The film is set for a May 2, 2014 release.