With this summer’s superhero season halfway over, people are already turning their attention toward next summer’s comic book offerings. Among them is undoubtedly Jamie Foxx, who will torment Spider-Man as the villainous Electro in next summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to 2012’s hit reboot.
But when you cast an actor as charismatic as the Academy Award-winning Foxx in a relatively unknown role like Electro, you have to expect some changes to the character. And when Foxx sat down with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz to discuss “White House Down,” he said that included coming up with a villainous catchphrase on the fly.
“They would allow me to come up with things, because I think why you like going to see those types of movies, and that’s what I dig doing, you want to hear catchphrases,” said Foxx. “So at one point we were doing this green screen thing, and [Marc Webb] says, ‘Just ad-lib something.’ And I said, “The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came… Electro… and wiped the spider out.”
Electro’s history as a Spider-Man rogue is not as well-regarded as the hero’s big-time foes like Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus or Venom. Max Dillon has, at best, always occupied the B-list of Spider-Foes. So when he sat down with MTV News, Foxx revealed just what he and “the committee” — consisting of director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach — had in mind when breaking down Electro’s character.
“What I wanted to bring, we all decided was, we wanted to make Electro a formidable opponent, meaning we want him to really, really not like Spider-Man,” Foxx said. Electro’s history as a Spider-Man rogue is not as well-regarded as the hero’s big-time foes like Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus or Venom. Max Dillon has, at best, always occupied the B-list of Spider-Foes.
Despite debuting way back in 1964’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #9, the only aspect of the character that has become iconic is his costume, which will be absent in the film. As seen in a few set photos, his signature green and yellow tights and lightning bolt mask have been replaced by inhuman blue skin and lightning bolt-like veins.
Despite his cosmetic differences, Foxx hopes to have created a character that audiences will love to hate, one with catchphrases worth repeating.
“I think it’s those types of things that people are really going to latch on to.”
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