Don’t ask me how “blue albino” works, that’s just what is in my head as I look at these set photos of Jamie Foxx as Electro, the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which so far has no cutesy subtitle (The Even More Amazing Spider-Man? Spider-Man: Still Amazing?). Did you ever see Cave of Forgotten Dreams? For some reason, Foxx done up as Electro reminds me of the albino crocodiles at the end. Except blue.
When Foxx was first announced as the villain in Spider-Man 2, I wondered if there would be any backlash, and there was, a little. But it wasn’t nearly as bad as I braced for, which means we’re either in a slightly better place than we were a few years ago when the mob revolted against the idea of a black Spider-Man, or people really don’t care about casting black actors as villains like they do heroes. I wish I could say for sure it was the former but I suspect it’s more of the latter.
Anyway, here is our first look at Foxx as Electro, who, as the name would suggest, has an accident involving electricity and gains superpowers from it (ensuring another generation of kids will stick pennies into outlets, hoping to be able to fly). If you’re not familiar with the comics, the design is drawn from the “Ultimate” editions of Marvel comics, which is where they’ve gotten a lot of their costume inspiration for the various Avengers. Foxx looks creepy and weird and I’m sure there will be a layer of CGI polish added to make him look even creepier and weirder. I don’t care what Electro looks like, I just care that he’s better rendered than Rhys Ifans’ Lizard was. That sh*t was ridiculous.
Maybe some spoilers? Look away if you don’t want to know.
Spider-Man 2 sees the introduction of Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, the role originally played by James Franco. Chronicle proved DeHaan can do the swerve from regular dude to supervillain and in Andrew Garfield he ought to have a better screen partner than the other dudes in Chronicle. Much love to Michael B. Jordan but his character had next to no personality beyond “type A jock”. Spider-Man Redux had its problems but Garfield wasn’t one of them. The most interesting facet of the remakes is the caliber of actors they’ve surrounded him with—Paul Giamatti plays the second villain in #2.
Also appearing in the second-second installment is Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, which means that (SPOILER) Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy won’t be around by the end of the movie. Woodley’s part in #2 isn’t supposed to be that big, kind of a glorified cameo, as Peter is still with Gwen at this point, but you don’t have to be a comic book aficionado to know that Spider-Man’s girlfriend is MJ, right? Gwen was always on a limited clock.
There’s still a lot of ennui for the rebooted Spider-Man, but now that we’ve seen Jamie Foxx as a freaky blue albino crocodile, are you the least little bit curious? I am.