'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Villain: Who Is Electro?


by Ryan Rigley

Shocking news in the "Spider-Man" world this week: it looks like Max Dillon (a.k.a. Electro) is set to be one of the main villains in Marc Webb's "Amazing" sequel. Not only that, but the casting rumor of Jamie Foxx playing Electro was made all too real as the actor teased in a tweet: "Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well."

With that said, you're probably wondering who Electro even is. After all, the character isn't nearly as popular as Spider-Man villains such as the Green Goblin and Venom. Max Dillon is, in fact, one of Spider-Man's deadliest and most consistent adversaries. With the ability to wield and manipulate all forms of electricity, Dillon has the power to kill anyone or anything with a single touch.

Originally an electrical engineer and lineman, Max Dillon was endowed with his electrical abilities during a freak lightning accident that caused a mutagenic change within his body. Now, he is literally a human electrical capacitor that can drain electricity directly from any and all electrical appliances.

In his first appearance, Dillon breaks into Stark Industries with the intention of draining all of the electrical equipment in order to fully charge his own superpowers. Calling himself Electro, Dillon proceeds to break into the Daily Bugle and steals from J. Jonah Jameson's personal safe. Of course, Jameson takes to blaming the robbery on Spider-Man; claiming that Electro is just another one of his alternate identities.

Feeling the need to prove Jameson wrong, Spider-Man sets out to subdue the villain known as Electro. However, as soon as he comes into contact with him, Spider-Man is immediately knocked unconscious and nearly killed. In their second match-up, Spider-Man decides to play it smart and uses a fire hose to short circuit Electro whilst wearing rubber gloves in order to protect himself.

Clearly, this is not how "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is going to play out. Can you just imagine Andrew Garfield spraying Jamie Foxx with a fire hose? No thank you. Obviously, water and/or rubber are going to be a key component in stopping Max Dillon; being that water conducts electricity and rubber insulates it. After all, Peter Parker is a man of science; this information is practically second nature to him.

Recently, in the comic books, Electro's abilities were greatly enhanced during a story arc called "The Gauntlet." He is now basically a living lightning bolt, being able to travel through electrical appliances and even transmitting himself over Spider-Man's webbing.

Hopefully, this is the version of Max Dillon that Jamie Foxx portrays in the "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel. He's quicker, deadlier, and poses way more of a threat to a teenage Peter Parker than the Lizard ever could. Also, who's to say that he won't be the one to kill Gwen Stacy?

Like I said before, all it takes is one touch.

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