First Look at Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel

electro1The 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.

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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.

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  • fearitself

    hahahahahaahha, oh Sony fucking with Spider-Man again.They make up shit as they go along, taking a big dump on the fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.maloney.716 Patrick Maloney

    I get the feeling they are gonna touch it up with some CGI or something to make it more like the Ultimate version. Right now, it just looks like a guy with blue skin with bulged out veins

  • john

    dat sum mr freeze ass lookin nigga

  • http://twitter.com/brennancreative Kevin Brennan

    Fanboys are going to complain about this (it’s what they do) but it’s the right direction to go. It’s also the first shots we’ve seen. He may inevitably get a real “costume”.

    Electro’s classic costume is pretty ridiculous and would look even more ridiculous on the big screen.

    When they announced Electro as the villain, I imagined they would do something more along the lines of the game Infamous than actually Electro.

  • Adam Walters

    I’m a Spider-Man fan, but making Electro look different isn’t enough to upset me.

  • Bass Guitar Hero

    This could be interesting…

  • digger2307

    first the lizard looks like a god damn goomba, and now electro looks like mr freeze. sony that shiz be f’ed up

  • fat free milk

    It hurts my brain to read how Jamie Foxx speaks. PASS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Richardson/100000133706731 Ben Richardson

    Good. I HATED Electro’s suit it was one of the worst in all of Marvel. They may do a little fan service and perhaps have his electrician clothes yellow and green, but considering the normal state of electricity in oxygen is blue or purple i’d prefer those colours. The fans can suck it if they think his suit would look insanely dorky if they tried to make it close to the comic version. Maybe his skin shouldn’t be blue, in fact if we’re basing it on realism it should be white or look bleached at least if he is going to be flushed with electromagnetic charge, but whatever, as long as they don’t make him wear that dumb mask, i’ll look forward to see it.

  • Jay

    This is based off Ultimate Electro obviously. The blue color is how he looks in his later appearances.

  • Lyle

    I just don’t get this fear of costumes that now even comic nerds have. Didn’t the Avengers, who pretty much wore costumes similar to what they wore in the comics, teach us anything? Maybe Electro’s original costume looks ridiculous, but, doesn’t Spider-Man’s look ridiculous, too? Why is it that the villains get the short end of the stick when it comes to looks? Green Goblin looked ridiculous because of this fear that his original costume would look more ridiculous, and I get the feeling the same thing is going to happen with Electro, given what we are shown so far.

  • demoncat_4

    he looks like so far till he proably is shown using his power like mr freeze has crossed into the marvel universe .

  • ghost

    and idiot sheep will swallow any shit that the studio producers throw at them(it’s what they do)and will mindlessly say it’s the right direction to go.

    Remind me again, why does Electro need to be blue-skinned and have bulging veins? I’m okay with the absence of the costume, but seems to me they are making shit up as they go along. Why did they even a cast a black actor only to paint his sking blue in the first place?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamerlane.rlsv Tamerlane Real-Life Super-Vill

    Lose lose situation. Not the best character from the books and yes a ridiculous costume. Additionally, could they not have chosen a different character….. and actor?

  • fearitself

    Ohh, I’m so glad you’re okay with it, but did you even think they even made this change? Why does he need to look like Mr Freeze? Why did they even cast a black actor in the first place? Ohh, you don’t know. Hmmmm….

  • dusk

    Eh… this is exactly how he looks like in the Ultimate Spider-man comics, of which this whole new trilogy is based on. What kind of fan are you really?

  • Jasper

    Uh, why would they cast a white actor only to paint his skin blue? Why didn’t they just hire a blue actor?

  • Steve

    It’s based on Ultimate Electro as others have said. And since his race has no way ever been tied to who he is as a character, him being black should have no bearing, especially considering that it means we get a great actpr like Jamie Foxx out of it.

  • E

    I don’t even understand what you said.

  • Halverford

    Exactly fifteen yr old Iowa kid trying to act like he’s from the streets. Embarrassing.

  • HAverford

    Lol thank you Jasper I think ghost is the same as the other poster talking about the studio “taking a shit on fans” since they all seem to be really hung up on the race of a villain called electro who wears green and yellow costume. Give me a break — never cease to be amazed by purist comicbook fans and/ or racist comicbook fans they just always seem to be as extreme as the Taliban over a work of fiction. Get a life kids.

  • Halveford

    Really all the blue skin comicbook characters including electro in almost EvERY APPEARANCE since the 90′s cartoon (how do I know this and you are supposedly the “true spiderman fan”?? Have you seen none of the cartoons since th 90′s??) and you choose to think he looks like Mr. Freeze?

  • razorPhade

    jeezus! when i first saw this i thought it was a story on the shooting of the Walking Dead! I mean would it have killed them to at least give him some semblance of the guy hes supposed to be? Hell green leather pants with painted on lightning at the very least would have been better than this home less Zombie look!

  • mel

    I think they’re going for the Dr. Manhattan look.

  • mel

    It’s the Kingpin debate all over again

  • nikhil

    he looks like avatar

  • Savonti

    I really have to disagree with that logic. For starters Electro (as a comic book creation) is 49 years old and for 49 years he’s been white. It’s not racist to want characters that appear in a comic book movie to look like the characters they’re playing. The fact that people (and I’m not saying you) bring that up at all as a racial platform is absurd and insulting.

    Mind you if we learned tomorrow that The Falcon would be played by say Bradley Cooper, that wouldn’t be acceptable as the Falcon is a black American, Black Panther is African American (Wakanda is in Africa right?).

    It’s about accuracy, it wasn’t okay in Spawn, it wasn’t okay in Thor, Daredevil (actually there wasn’t much that was okay in Daredevil) it’s not okay now. I will admit that sometimes that isn’t the end of the world, (Thor was a prime example) but we have a right to be upset or at least worried when the movie isn’t matching up.

    That said it was acceptable from Nick Fury because the Ultimate version of Nick Fury was based on Sam Jackson.

    As for the costume, I think everyone on the planet knows how stupid the costume would look on screen (Especially with Mr. Fox’s complexion) but that doesn’t mean you can’t design something similar to at least try. People had been saying for years how the X-Men “blue and gold” would look stupid on screen and I for one thought they looked pretty great in First Class

  • Savonti

    It’s not an issue of racism it’s an issue of accuracy. The costume has nothing to do with Mr. Fox as a person or an actor.

    Not everyone can make the argument very strongly. It so happens that the race of the actor is part of the inaccuracy, this doesn’t mean that the issue is racism. It matters because comics are a visual medium we know Electro isn’t a man of color. When we see a man of color playing him, it concerns us. You order a bacon burger and you’re given a bocca burger, yes it’s still a burger but it isn’t what you ordered.

    As a rule we want movies of the comics we love, when you start changing that formula it stops being what we’ve ordered and people get nervous.

    I said this earlier up the thread too, but please stop calling people who disagree with a choice of an actor racist. Not only is it harmful to actual discourse but it is in fact a form of bullying, though I’m sure you didn’t intend it that way.

    On a final and personal note, Jamie Foxx is a fine actor, so is Anthony Hopkins but I don’t think either of them should be playing the role.

    Thanks for your time.

  • METhatsWho

    Calm down. The last Spidey was great. Much better story and acting than that wannabe comedy Avengers everyone praises. Iron Man 2 was even worse than that. And Cap…that was a slap in the face to real Cap fans. No Nazis? Lasers? Worse than GI Joe.

  • methatswho

    Wha Wha Wha…white white white. White people always complain about nonsense. And I’m white. If the comic industry and America in general weren’t so racist to begin with maybe we would have more characters of color to begin with. But it was and is so in order to create diversity things are altered. Just be happy they didn’t make your hero black or your head would explode.

  • JusticeBringer

    That hoodie really doesn’t help.

  • Richard Weed

    I’ll wait for it to come out on Netflix.

  • jared

    They should dress him up like Wanda from his Living Color days. That would look better. :)

  • http://twitter.com/PlayLegit PlayLegit_KJ

    Abe Sapian

  • demoncat_4

    most of the blue skinned comic characters like mystique and nightcrawler on the xmen cartoon did not need a hoodie like electro is wearing. and actully seen the cartoons and the only time electro looked blue is lately when he was using his powers on ulimate spider man. other wise he still with that hood looks like mr. freeze without his suit

  • customart81

    Your sarcasm is odd. Who cares if he’s black? It’s Electro. Electro is a bottom feeder. Personally, I think he looks cool. And how does the question “…but did you even think they even made this change?” make sense, grammatically? Review what you type, pal.

  • customart81

    It’s completely ok. It’s fiction. Not one of these films is a one to one adaptation of the source material. At best, they’re “Elseworld” type stories. So, Bradley Cooper COULD play The Black Panther. Would there be an uproar? Sure. Would the movie do well? Arguably not. But creatively, it would be an allowable casting.

    Are you familiar with the term “power culture”? Power culture is just what it sounds like. Caucasians are the power culture in this country, for instance (that’s not conspiracy; that’s fact. Look it up. They teach that in 100-200 level University Education courses.)

    Bradley Cooper taking on the role of Black Panther or Falcon would be terribly upsetting in a way that Jamie Foxx taking on Electro is not, because Cooper’s “whiteness” would essentially be nullifying the racial progress that was made when those African american characters were originally conceived. The same is not exactly true when black actors take on traditionally white roles, as white roles are not racially progressive, as white is the cultural, racial norm. Especially in Superhero comics and movies. Name 15 mainstream super heroes of color that have received their own films in the last 15 years (Bulletproof Monk doesn’t count, because Sean William Scott was clearly the main protagonist). Now name 15 white super-heroes in the last 15 years that have received their own mainstream movies. Which group of characters had more successful movies? I mean, Avengers gives you 5 white people, right off the bat.

    The ethnic/ racial gap in our country does not make (no pun intended) a certain type of black and white logic feasible when talking about these types of role castings. The argument goes so much deeper than a question of accuracy. If you disagree with me, just think of the disparity that arises if white people use the “n” word in the same familiar way that blacks do. The see-saw logic of “they do it, so I can do it” just doesn’t apply.

    This purist attitude about comic book characters and their onscreen interpretation is extremely sad and distressing to me. Who cares if Electro is 49 years old? He still has to be open to change or he stops being relevant. And for the record: Black Kingpin- Awesome

    Black Perry White- Pretty sure I’m going to have no problem with him
    Black Spider-man (Ultimate Spider-man)- fun and intersting
    Black Catwoman- Ok, you got that one. Of course, I could argue that Halley Berry would have been a phenomenal Selina Kyle in a better movie.

    Just loosen up. Watch the movie (or don’t) and try to enjoy what’s presented not as an inaccurate portrayal of different comics you’ve read, but as a new original tale that simply takes it’s inspiration from those comics. Allow it it’s changes and just try to enjoy yourself. If you still hate it… at least you gave it an honest shot.

  • Customart81

    Hahahaaha! Right!

  • Black Cesar

    Wakanda is in Africa. Therefore the Black Panther is African. Just because a Black person is in America, it does not mean that that person was born in America. Black people born in America are African Americans. Black people born in Africa are Africans. Really, The Black Panther is Wakandan. That is the country of his birth. Remember Africa is a continent with many countries. These countries have their own laws and traditions. Not all people from Africa think the same. Learn more about the world you live in.

  • canxi

    Beautiful comment, customart81!

  • Silver age guy

    You sure took a lot of space in spewing your anti white bias. “power culture” my butt! Minorities have made massive social gains, you have a black president in case you havent noticed. Its gotten to the point that white culture has been demonized to the point of being ridiculous. Why can’t comic book heros be the races they were intended to be without some minority getting their panties in a wad? Let it be what it is without bringing race into the mix….we have enough of that in our culture already. Its’s a comic book hero for peets sake! Leave tradition alone.

  • Savonti

    No need for the hostility sir, I was actually asking if Wakanda was in Africa, I couldn’t remember it’s (fictional) geographical location. As far as the African American designation I thought Black Panther also had American Citizenship.

    As to your point about the African American status to American born people of color. I know that’s what we do, but the term has always bugged me, I fear it moves to illustrate the racial divide. From my point of view those born in American are Americans, skin color shouldn’t be relevant to that.

    That said thank you for confirming the location of Wakanda.

  • Savonti

    First things first, I appreciate your well thought out, well worded reply.

    Secondly, I don’t think we’re ever going to agree on Michael Clark Duncan’s Kingpin. I’m not entirely sure he was aware they were filming a movie, but again, I don’t find much forgivable about that movie.

    My point about Electro being so old of a character is simply that he’s by no means a new character. For generations people have grown up reading about that particular Electro. I don’t think it’s sad or distressing that there are people who have waited to see their favorite villain (he has to be the favorite of some) on screen only to get a version so different from the one they grew up with. That’s not exclusive to race mind you, we look at the images and none of that resembles that character.

    On a personal level, there are times when I have a problem with that casting and times when I don’t. I’m much more irritated with changing Jimmy Olson’s gender than I am with the casting of Perry White.

    To talk about what I’ll call the “Bradley Cooper Situation”, you worry that casting him as Black Panther would nullify the racial progress but would it? Yes it would be terrible, absolutely, but the strides that were made when the character was created were still made. We’ve thankfully come along way since Rosa Parks stood (or rather sat) her ground, and that’s a great thing.

    Now you’re right, I can’t name 15 mainstream Superheroes of color with movies in the last 15 years but who do we see about that? At that point shouldn’t we be clamoring for an honoring of Dwayne McDuffie’s legacy with a Static movie? Should we read more Spawn (please say no to that one) and Ultimate Spider-Man? I really don’t have an answer for you there but I do know if they do make a Static movie, I’ll see it, provided they don’t cast Bradley Cooper in the title role. = )

    But to get serious again for a moment. The thing that really gets me here is that it seems when this type of conversation comes up, those who disagree with the casting are labeled racists. It is that unfair to lump those who do disagree with people who for generations have terrorized others based on skin color; who preach hate and fear is ignorant, cruel and simply wrong.

    Personally I’m going to see the movie and I’m not upset in a way that offering a “loosen up” was necessary (though I know you didn’t intend any offense). I think if these types of conversations went more like the one you and I are having and less like some of the other comments we as a species would be much better off.

    Thanks for the conversation!

  • Black Cesar

    Sorry about that, Savonti. I had a recent debate about the term “African-American” with someone else. That person was trying to tell me that saying “Black people” is an offensive term for people of African decent. I said to him that I did not know any person of color that thought that was offensive at all. This person’s remarks basically went like all people of African decent think the same. Like Africa is one old big country and everybody that comes from there has a hive mind. Some people try to be so PC that they don’t realize how offensive or closed minded they truly are.
    One last thing. The Black Panther’s whole identity is being a king of an African nation. To change that is to miss the point of his character. Same with Storm or the Falcon. On the other hand, I don’t feel that Spawn being a person of color is that important. Maybe it is. I don’t know, because I don’t read Spawn. These are movies. If a person’s skin color is not important to their character, I feel the best actor should play that role. Think about it, was the kingpin being played by a person of color matter to the story?

  • Black Cesar

    Sure. Because there is a Black president, racism no longer exists. :/

  • http://twitter.com/TMCillustration TMC Illustration

    Skin colour aside, i don’t really care much for Jamie Foxx as an actor – i’d rather they cast a white guy to match the comics but no big deal either way – as race isn’t really integral to that character. I’m far more worried about how Marvel comics are now going to try to explain making him black in the comics to match the movie – a skin graft or long lost stepson cousin? Just waiting on the equivalent Nick Fury jnr. nonsense again. I also wish they hadn’t cast Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin – hardly oriental looking but far more worrying is the awful voiceover accent he uses in the trailers – hope it’s not as bad in the movie itself.

  • Savonti

    Thank you, but please, no apologies necessary. I do absolutely agree that as a society we try so hard to be PC that we let it get in the way of common sense and decency. I think we’d be better off if we dropped it entirely and just treated people with the respect that we want others to treat us with.

    As far as the Black Panther, to play devil’s advocate here I offer if changing the color of the Black Panther would miss the point of the character. After all, as well you know there are many countries in Africa and there are in fact white people there as well. Granted I was playing devil’s advocate and don’t think they should do that. For me, while the Panther’s status as a king is very important I think the worthier part of the character is his intelligence, class and the dignity he portrays. I think when the Black Panther was created he was such an interesting character because that was hardly ever the way the black man was portrayed in fiction, I mean go back and read some old Power Man, it’s pretty rough.

    Falcon and Storm I think are lumped into the same category as Spawn though. Storm grew up a thief in Cairo and while she was at a time worshiped as an African Goddess (I am admitting I fell off for a while so I can’t comment on her stint as Black Panther’s wife, it always felt cheap and forced to me. It was as if Marvel was bringing the two strongest characters of color together because they were the two strongest characters of color.). But I have never felt she was defined by her “blackness”. Falcon I really don’t know enough about so I’m going to leave that one alone, he’s always been the Aquaman of the air to me, sorry.

    I hear your argument and I do think it has merit, though it seems people are really fond of the Michael Clark Duncan argument. I really think that’s the best example of changing the race of a character for the sake of doing it. I really thought the late Mr. Duncan phoned it in for Daredevil. Well okay, Daredevil was a phoned in movie in general.

    That said sometimes the change in race does change the character (such as Alecia Masters in the Fantastic Four) sometimes it doesn’t (Nick Fury) but I don’t think it’s wrong for people to be disappointed or even upset (to a point) that the characters they’ve wanted to see on screen don’t look like (be that race, costume or whatever) the characters they’ve been reading about. And really at the end of the day that’s my point, it’s not racist, wrong or evil to be less than thrilled about that sort of thing. Be it Bullseye’s “suit” or that thing on his head, or the black leather numbers the X-Men were wearing. Dr. Dooms super powers or any number of things I could bring up.

    Lastly I’d like to thank you for a wonderful conversation. I think we both know how common it is for discourse on the internet to break down to, well you know what I’m talking about.

    It’s been a pleasure.

  • b

    Well, this certainly brings out racial bias among comic fans. But understand, many of these characters were created in from the 1930s to 1960s, when there were no black comic book artists that I know of. Therefore, not many black comic characters except Black Panther and the Falcon that I know of. Thus, why not in this day and age have some of the old comic characters who were depicted white, as a different color. It is not like making all the Greeks black or all the Egyptians white kind of thing. It is not like a retelling of history. They are fictional characters.

  • Peasprout

    I don’t think it’s a fear of costumes as much as it is a faithful recreation of Ultimate Electro. This trilogy is adhering more closely to the Ultimate Spider-Man series (IMO the vastly superior of the two), in which electro looks just like Foxx in the pictures.

  • Alfredo Wilson

    Idk. It does seem kind of racist to be concerned about such a minor change. It changes absolutely nothing about the charcater. Also your burger anaolgy sucks hard. lol. It’s like the exact opposite of the argument you want to make because the burgers LOOK the same but the part that actually matters is competely different.

    ( Please note I’m just saying it *seems* racist. I’m not calling you a racist)

  • SittingBS

    Are white people born in Africa and that move to America, African-American also? And what about those Haiti that are in this country? By the way, I am an American, and as you PC people like to put it, I am Native, but I will just stick to being American, since I don’t care to call attention to my heritage or your ignorance to my background.

  • Black Cesar

    White people born in Africa that become US citizens are African-American. For Haitians, they are Haitian American. All that means is a person was born in another country and now that person is a citizen of the US. The term “African American” does not mean anything to me because I was not born in Africa. I was born in the US. If you read the rest of my discussion with Savonti, you would see that both of us don’t care for the PC crap. The term “Black people” is fine with me.

  • The Goat

    I wonder how much these “fanboys” will complain once they find out that the studio is considering casting a black actor to play the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2013/05/kerfuffle-watch-micheal-b-jordan-human-torch-fantastic-four