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Jamie Foxx is Electro in new 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' clip

Wanna know how powerful he is? So does he

By Corwin Neuse Jul 18, 2013 11:51AM
While the completed film is still a long ways off—not due out until May 2, 2014—the promotional onslaught for Sony/Marvel's upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is evidently just beginning. Thanks to Comic-Con, today brings us our first non-paparazzi provided glimpse of Jamie Foxx in character as villain Electro. Strapped into machinery vaguely reminiscent of the contraption used by Willem Dafoe to transform himself into the Green Goblin in 2002's "Spider-Man"—and speaking in gravely undertones worthy of Christian Bale's Batman—Foxx proudly proclaims that he is Electro, and that he wants to know how powerful he is. And, I guess, so do we.

Bing: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' | Dane DeHaan

Although, to be honest, we're a little worn out on superhero antics after "Man of Steel," and we'd be more interested in seeing Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker bro-mance with Dane DeHann's Harry Osborn. Not to mention his proposed romance-romance with Michael B. Jordan's MJ, but that's never going to happen—outside of, hopefully, thousands of slashfic entries—so we can all forget about it.

What say you, Hitlisters? Does Foxx's appearance as Electro bode well for the upcoming sequel? Or is it, eh, just more of the same, and have we become sadly inured to the thrills of superhero movies after watching the world be destroyed one too many times? Check out the clip, posted below, and let us know in the comments...

Jul 21, 2013 4:57AM

Foxx in it.  Thanks, just saved me the price of a ticket.

Jul 20, 2013 9:15AM
I read there making spidey gay and that will kill it for me. wrong on so many levels if they do that and plan & simply too freakin much.
Jul 20, 2013 1:51AM
The above article states, "Strapped into machinery vaguely reminiscent of the contraption used by Willem Dafoe to transform himself into the Green Goblin."  Sorry, but that look does not conjure up images of Dafoe's Goblin... the clear analogy here is to Arnold Schwarzenegger's disastrous turn as "Mr. Freeze" in "Batman and Robin (Ice Capades!)".  Hopefully, that resemblance is the only thing the two films have in common.
Jul 20, 2013 8:20AM
I hope that bad makeup job isn't a forewarning of what the rest of the movie is going to be like. I agree with what someone else wrote, this is shades of Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
Jul 20, 2013 11:22AM
I see the next "John Carter"esqe bomb.
Jul 21, 2013 9:21AM
Who exactly is "we"? I get a kick out of these writers who think they speak for everyone. I hope Jamie pulls this off. There are a lot of old school geeks who don't like seeing blacks superimposed onto their comic book characters if the character wasn't black originally. I still remember hearing the flack in my workplace about Michael Clarke Duncan playing the Kingpin in the Daredevil movie. Is Electro going to be the only villain in this movie?
Jul 21, 2013 12:10PM
Wasn't Electro the son of Red Skull or something?
Jul 21, 2013 3:55PM
Any movie with Jamie Foxx featured in an action role is guaranteed to suck. In fact, Tom Hanks is probably better suited in action roles than him. The "Miami Vice movie", "Whitehouse down", "Stealth", and even in "Collateral" his role was whittled down to a whimpering piece of crap. They took what everyone hated about the third movie and re-booted it into something ten times more campy and lame. Please, teach Hollywood a lesson and DO NOT WATCH these movies!
Jul 21, 2013 10:34PM
well, the gay stuff aside, if Foxx can play the role 90% seriously instead of his usual quirky self then it may be ok.  Personally I think they haven't done the spiderman franchise any justice since the very first movie.   Maybe we need JJ to step in and save yet another franchise from themselves.
Jul 21, 2013 6:21PM
I hope that's the worst of the movie.
Jul 19, 2013 6:51PM

I'm a superhero fanatic! The stories that surrounds their mythology is really interesting and always promoting new ideas in entertainment. I'm not trying to sound bias because of my fanaticism of the superhero genre, but more so try and explain the deep structure of the genre and what makes people ask for more, and I do want MORE! (Now that is my fanaticism talking). However, let's get the record straight: yes they may sound alike and may have sort of the same story lines of saving the world, but isn't important for us to delve into world of heroes when our fall short in reality? I think so. And that's the importance of the superhero genre, and that's why I love them so much. Their world is important to ours as ours to them. So, let them come in full, because in the world we live in today we need heroes saving the world more so than ever. 

Jul 20, 2013 6:08AM
I'm sure it's going to be just as stupid and ridiculous as the last "reboot" was.  Movie makers these days just can't seem to come up with their own ideas and continually ruin what once was.  Tobey McGuire's Spider-Man should have quit after the second movie, and this continuous pounding of this character in our heads is horrible.  Man of Steel was a farce, Abrams has made a mockery of Star Trek, Depp was his typical weird character destroying Tonto in The Lone Ranger, and now we get yet another chapter of "Why People Shouldn't Go to the Movies."  Here's what should happen.. Abrams directs, Johnny Depp plays Spider-Man, Elfman, who's music all sounds the same should write the score and the plot could be Spider-Man beats himself up for being totally weird  and ends these movies for good.
Jul 20, 2013 7:57AM
I get tired of these directors and producer's villians. They all want to destroy the humans and the world and the superheros and have it all. In the end they get smashed anyway. In the meantime we have yarn through buildings, cars, and et cetera getting blasted and burned with all the loud special effects.   Ho hum.... All these movies should go direct to video.
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