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The benefit of filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in New York City is that the unique energy and familiar locations help ground the outlandish premise in reality. The drawback is that it’s virtually impossible to keep any secrets when the production is shooting in Times Square.
And so, courtesy of the The Daily Mail, we’re treated to our first look at Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a hoodie-wearing, blue-skinned Electro on the set of director Marc Webb’s sequel. Note the contact lenses and bulging veins, the latter of which make him more closely resemble the Superman villain Parasite than the classic Spider-Man foe.
Foxx assured BlackFilm.com in December he wouldn’t be wearing a version of Electro’s traditional, but frequently mocked, comic-book costume. “It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different color,” he said. “They [the producers] want something for the future. 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 happen. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
Of course, he didn’t mention anything about the blue make-up …
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opens May 2, 2014, also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.