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Jamie Foxx to play 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' villain?

We guess that's interesting, sort of

By Corwin Neuse Nov 2, 2012 11:24AM
If memory serves, there aren't a lot of African American characters in the "Spider-Man" series. (Except for maybe that one guy who worked at the Daily Bugle, played by Bill Nunn, but he wasn't very important.) Which is odd, considering the films (and the comics upon which they are based) take place in New York City, melting pot of America, one of the most diverse cities on the planet. So we're not sure how to feel about the news, brought to us by Variety, that Jamie Foxx is in talks to join the upcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel as the villain. On the one hand, we think it's great for Foxx, and that he could be awesome in any role, whether he ends up zapping Spidey with lightning bolts as Electro, as is rumored, or doing any number of other things, as some as-yet unmentioned character. And good for Sony, too, for addressing the franchise's woeful lack of diversity. On the other hand, why does Foxx have to be the bad guy?

But perhaps that's a discussion best left for another day, in another venue. Our personal feelings aside, we're certain Foxx would bring a sense of unpredictability and edginess (!) to a series that has, so far, primarily been defined by Andrew Garfield's particular brand of inoffensive (some would say bland) googly-eyed, white-bread broodiness. Not that Tobey Maguire was a fount of personality, in comparison. Still, this news makes us hopeful that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," or whatever they end up calling it, will be closer in quality to Sam Raimi's, er, "Spider-Man 2," than, well, any of the other movies so far. But what do you think, Hitlisters? Is Foxx a good choice, especially if he ends up playing Electro, as the actor's own Twitter feed would suggest? As always, let us know in the comments...
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