Jamie Foxx Talks Electro’s Costume, Backstory, and Motivations in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Says New Costume Is Black

     December 17, 2012


Jamie Foxx tackles some incredibly tough material in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming spaghetti western/slavery drama Django Unchained, but he recently lined up something a bit lighter for his next project.  Foxx has been tapped to play the villain Electro in director Marc Webb’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, and with production set to begin early next year, Foxx has begun preparing for his comic book turn.

Though superhero productions are normally incredibly tight when it comes to story details, Foxx was surprisingly forthcoming in a recent interview when he was asked about this new iteration of Electro.  He talked about changes to the costume, how the character goes from good guy to bad guy, his relationship to Spider-Man, and more.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

jamie-foxx-the-amazing-spider-man-2The folks over at MTV asked Foxx about the backstory for his Electro character, and instead of sidestepping the question and remaining vague about the new take, the actor went right into story details and even delved a bit into his origin:

“You’ll see his whole life is just no one is talking to him, people have stolen his ideas at the company, he’s a nobody.  And at a certain point Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy, you’re my ears and eyes on the street,’ and he says his name, Max, and no one’s ever said Max Dillon’s name, and he goes ‘Wow.’  And so when Spider-Man leaves he sort of thinks that somehow, ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner,’ and so he starts cutting out his face and pasting it on his board at home.  When everything goes bad, his mom doesn’t remember his birthday, I mean all these crazy things happen until finally he has something tragic happen, and then when it turns on he lights it up.”

I imagine someone over at Sony will be giving Foxx a stern call very shortly.  No matter, it sounds like there’s quite a strong sympathetic edge to Foxx’s approach to Electro, and the actor seems like a fine fit to bring some heart to the antagonist.

electro-spider-manPresumably the “lights it up” comment refers to the character’s electrified powers, and Foxx also spoke a bit about changes to the character’s iconic costume:

“Marc Webb and all those guys that are doing it are smart, they know that it has to make sense in 2013.  The suit is really slick, it’s actually black, but it’s the new age.”

In the comics, Electro famously dons a bright green and yellow outfit.  Alas, it sounds like there’s been a significant change to the character’s color palette for the film.  Foxx elaborated a bit more on the costume during an interview with Blackfilm:

“They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happened. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”

You can watch the full MTV interview below to see Foxx spill the beans in person.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on May 2, 2014.


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  • Cpt. Hindsight

    I don’t know why studios have a problem with actors doing stuff like this. He’s just giving insight on what to expect from his character. I never understood why they try to keep u completely in the dark to basic plot points like it’ll ruin the movie if u know that something happens to him that makes him change into Electro. What?! Ruined! He didn’t reveal anything of great significance.

    • jay

      i agree with you i dont understand why he would be in trouble, he didnt give anything away. What did he say, that his character starts out good and becomes bad, oh no we would have never seen that coming. How about someone tell Sony dont release images of the toys before anybody has seen what the character looks like.

  • Ivanhoe

    Suit is black, so he is gonna be naked ? :D

    • MrNo

      Your comment is a shame. Seriously.

      • The Mantis

        Actually, Jamie Foxx calling Obama “our lord and savior”, and saying he “gets to kill all the white people” in his new movie is a shame. The fact that it doesn’t seem to bother anyone is a shame. Jamie foxx is a racist piece of shit.

      • justin K

        @ The Mantis

        Really? when did Jamie Fox ever say that? And so what if he did. He’s a supporter of Obama. who cares?…and you are calling him a racist because of the role that he is playing in a movie??? Lmao. Dude just stop.

      • mrnateathon

        @themantis He said that on SNL, during his opening monologue. A comedy show……. So I guess everything else he said throughout the night and characters he played also reflects exactly how he feels.

      • Red John

        @ mantis

        That whole line where he says he’s going to kill white people is just the script of the movie not him . The script was written by Quentin Tarantino.

    • Jones

      This isn’t even funny. But i laughed.

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  • ari

    The token system is ruining Hollywood. What’s is next? A white Black Panther?

    • Norris

      Being from Africa, and therefore being black, is crucial to the character of Black Panther. Electro is a B level villain who is not defined in any way by his race.

      • chad vaughn

        Exactly Norris

      • Van Iblis

        You do realize there are White people from Africa…

      • justin K

        @ Van Iblis

        Yeaa??? so what is your point?

    • Joey

      Agree…should be played by a white guy…

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  • varelax

    So… another black guy with electric powers, eh?

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  • EVM

    Boy, is this going to be weak. Marc Webb’s making Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN movies — even 3 — look golden by comparison.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Marc Webb! If you are reading this….Pls Pls Pls fill in the mysteries to Peter’s missing parents and the origin’s of his power for the next movie! I don’t care what colour is Electro just do the fans a big favour by not cutting up crucial stuff like what you did for the first movie. I hope we can get a better picture of Peter’s background for the next movie. Try not to cut out too many crucial information like what you did for the first movie ok?!

    • mrnateathon

      How about he just makes a good movie instead of the horrible first one

  • cedartreeradar

    that line in the article about a stern call made me laugh out loud because it’s true. im reading the statements and at some point im wondering if im reading half the treatment for the movie.

  • LoGan5

    hes porkin kerry

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  • Anonymous

    none of this matters cause thats not the real spider-man anyway imo lol.

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  • Hunter

    I just don’t like Jamie Foxx as the villain (this has nothing to do with race) I just don’t really enjoy him as an actor. There are only three movies I enjoyed him in and that was Collateral, Ray, and his part in Horrible Bosses. Hopefully, he makes it work though.

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