Sunday, 21 July 2013

"You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too. I'm Electro!"

In recent weeks the internet has been awash with pictures of Jamie Foxx in his full Electro get-up for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now with Comic Con in full swing (excuse the pun), Sony is starting to ramp things up, putting out this short teaser showing the man himself talking to an off-screen scientist as he’s strapped into a mechanic device.

It may only be a quick burst of from the film, but it’s enough to give us a tease of the main villain.

Foxx recently revealed to MTV about Electro's origin: "What you'll see is that, for his whole life, no one is talking to him. People have stolen his ideas at the big company. He's a nobody. At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, 'You're my guy. You're my ears and eyes on the street.' Then he says his name [Max Dillon], and no one has ever said Dillon's name. He goes, 'Wow!' and, when Spider-Man leaves, he sort of thinks 'I am Spider-Man's partner!'. He's cutting out Spider-Man's face and pasting it on all his boards... [Then] everything goes bad with his mom. She doesn't remember his birthday. He has something tragic happen and, when it turns on, he lights it up."

There's a lot of detail here, from the potential Oscorp connection to the budding friendship between the two lead characters – a friendship, it's safe to say, that should turn pretty sour by the end of the film. As for his relationship with this mother, that's a key part of Electro's character, which ties in neatly with the Marvel comic book canon.

"There are a lot of incarnations of Electro in the comics, and I tried to think about a yellow and green suit and couldn't make any logical sense of that." Webb told the Comic Con panel. "There are elements of his creation I want to protect, but I'll say that when you see a storm cloud come over the horizon and there are those flashes of incredible lightning, that's what we wanted from Electro. I also wanted to protect the emotion of Jamie's performance, and step away from a mask to create a creature that felt human but also godlike. It felt important to give Spider-Man an antagonist who felt creepy and threatening but also immensely powerful."

As well as dealing with bad guys, the plot finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) juggling his new found superhero world with his usual life – not the least of which is his ongoing relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

So he’s naturally not best pleased when, in trying to dig further into his past for clues about his real nature, he also has to deal with the arrival of Electro and new enemy Rhino (Paul Giamatti). There’s also time for meeting up with old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), whose father Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) runs Oscorp.

The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is scheduled to swing in on 18 April 2014.

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