While on the press junket for Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx (Ray) spoke about his role as Electro in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the infamous green and yellow costume:
“It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different colour” he said during an interview with Blackfilm. “[The producers] want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic bookie, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like 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.” He also added in an interview with MTV that “Marc Webb and all those guys who are doing it are smart… they know that it has to make sense in 2013 so the suit is really slick. It’s not green. It’s actually black”.
Sounds as though the producers are looking towards the “Ultimate” version of Electro.
He also gave some insights into the character’s backstory (and also calls the character ‘Matt’ Dillon rather than ‘Max’ Dillon): “What you’ll see is that, for his whole life, no one is talking to him [and] people have stolen his ideas at the big company. He’s a nobody. At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘you’re my guy. You’re my ears and eyes on the street.’ Then he says his name, Matt and no one has ever said Matt Dillon’s name. He goes, ‘Wow’ and, when Spider-Man leaves, he sort of thinks that, “I am Spider-Man’s partner!” He’s cutting out Spider-Man’s face and pasting it on all his boards… Everything goes bad with his mom. She doesn’t remember his birthday. He has something tragic happen and, when it turns on, he lights it up.”
Aside from the possible character name botch, Foxx sounds very into the character and is very praising of the films script penned by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek), “In the script, this villain is the first time it’s been written well. Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb both commented on how great the script is, so it should be an exciting time.”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for a May 2nd, 2014 release and will also feature Emma Stone (Easy A), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Sally Field (Forrest Gump), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Martin Sheen (The West Wing).