The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to be moving along steadily, but has it already found its villain? Possibly.
It seems that rumors from last month about actor/singer, Jamie Foxx being in line for the role of villain, Electro were not just rumors after all. Foxx himself confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that he has been in talks with director, Marc Webb about playing Spider-Man's spark-shooting criminal conduit.
If this is true, then, much like Rhys Ifans' The Lizard, the debut of Electro will continue the current franchise's strategy of venturing into new live action territory when it comes to Spidey's rogues gallery.
What could Jamie Fox's potential role as Electro bring to this sequel?
When asked about Electro, Foxx told ET:
"I met with the director, Mark Webb, I met with Andrew Garfield, and we talked. … I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he's a … genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on."
The "short end of the stick" that Foxx mentions is in reference to the character's comic book biography.
Electro was formerly Max Dillon, an average guy working as an electrical lineman who was down on his luck already when his wife left him for an apparent lack of career ambition.
However, an accident would occur when he was struck by lightning while in contact with the spooled power lines he was repairing, transforming him on a genetic level into a powerful living electrical capacitor. At that point, the ambition that he seemed to lack would surface in the most excessive way as he became the deranged villain, Electro.
This is definitely a character Foxx could tackle in somewhat of a sympathetic way. Although, sympathy (as we found out with Thomas Hayden Church's Sandman,) can only go so far to make a character memorable and poignant. He will need to bring the badass factor that he's honed in this month's Django Unchained if he is to successfully carry this movie's villain slot.
With additions to the cast like Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and the recent announcement of Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, it appears that film is quickly taking shape for its May 2, 2014 release.