With the news that Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the villain Electro in the “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” we get some details on the direction of the movie from director Marc Webb.
Previously Webb described Foxx as “electrifying,” and now we get more from Webb who says that Foxx is brilliant and offers up another tease of Foxx playing Electro.
“I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors around today,” Webb said at a press event for the Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray. “He’s such a great character actor and he’s a really brilliant guy. I would love to work with him and you’ll be hearing more on that shortly, I’m sure.”
In addition to mention of Electro, Webb also mentioned Norman Osborn. Perhaps a further clue of things to come?
“I like Electro. I’m fascinated by Norman Osborn and the different inflections of him. And Harry. Mary Jane and Gwen are always interesting to me,” Webb said.
Webb continues with thoughts why he feel villains are interesting, particularly comic book villains and their relationship to super heroes.
“What makes villains interesting to me is what they bring out in Peter. What challenges they provide for him. What’s great about Marvel and other comics is that often there’s a pre-existing relationship… It’s not just about the physical conflict he has, but the emotional ones as well,” Webb offered.
Finally, Marc Webb acknowledges what some fans didn’t like about the first movie in that it was another origin story, but Webb says that he can get past all that now and says the Amazing Spider-Man sequel will be the story he wants to tell.
“What’s exciting about moving forward is that, in the first movie, I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story. But I also wanted to redefine the context of it because I’m building a different universe than what we’ve seen before. A lot of the nuance is quite different,” Webb explained. “Now, as we’re approaching the sequel, it’s really exciting because I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that’s my own. I don’t have an obligation to the origin story. It’s pretty fun and exciting and I can dig deeper into the parents.”
The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2nd, 2014 directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Shailene Woodley.
Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Amazing Spider-Man Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.