Max Insanity: Jamie Foxx In “Early Talks” to Play Electro in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Jamie Foxx

Consider the slow news days over with this amazing bit of casting buzz. Variety reports that Jamie Foxx is currently in “early talks” to take on the main villain role in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Foxx reportedly looking to take on the epic super-villain role of Electro.

The outlet provides a bare bones explanation of the character, telling us that “Electro is the alter ego of Max Dillon, an enemy of Spider-Man who gains the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character first appeared in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man #9′ in February 1964.” With Dr. Curt Connors’ own alter ego super-villain, The Lizard, finally getting his chance to wreck havoc on ol’ Spidey’s life (after he was hinted at heavily during Sam Raimi’s previous trilogy), Electro seems like a natural fit. Variety also notes that, in “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” post-credit sequence, background lightning plays a major part, leading many fans to already speculate that it would be Electro to next take center stage at the main baddie.

To add fuel to this speculation fire, Foxx has already tweeted about the news…sort of. This afternoon, the actor issued this tweet:

Is Foxx just being cheeky? Or is he trying to confirm what already sounds like pretty fun news? As with any casting scoop, only time will tell.

If you’re at all like me and have little depth of knowledge when it comes to Electro (or, hell, most Marvel characters), why don’t you skip on over to the super-villain’s Wiki page, right HERE? (Of course, do keep in mind that’s a reader-edited Wiki page, and might not always be the best resource, even now, it already lists Foxx as officially set to star in role.) Better yet, take a gander at the character’s page on the Marvel Wiki, right HERE.

Should Foxx join the project, he would star alongside Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who are both back for more after this summer’s franchise-launching film. This next installment will be penned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, alongside Jeff Pinkner, from a script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. Director Marc Webb is returning to direct the project, as reported back in September.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open on May 2, 2014 (in 3D!).

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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