Marc Webb confirms Electro as AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 villain, talks Jamie Foxx, Peter Parker's parents and a new costume

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So earlier today we brought you news that Jamie Foxx has been cast as the main villain in Amazing Spider-Man 2 and that his and director Marc Webb’s playful comments, it looked like Foxx was going be playing the electrifying Electro. Pretty, wait for it, shocking news, if you ask me.

Well, Webb apparently has no idea how to play this whole “let the fans whip themselves into a frenzy with speculation with your ambiguous comments” game, because just a few hours later and he’s already spilling some of the beans.

JJ Abrams must be so disappointed.

Webb had an exclusive video interview with Collider’s Steve Weintraub. You can see that video down below, but if you don’t want to do the whole “waiting for buffering” prayer, then scroll right on by that video for some of the highlights.

Here are the highlights.

Talking about Jamie Foxx and why he was cast:

“I think Jamie Foxx is one of the better character actors we’ve seen in a generation. I love what he’s done from the days of “In Living Colour” to Ray to Collateral to Ali. He’s just a fantastic actor. I haven’t seen Django [Unchained] but I think he’s on a lot of people’s minds and I’m excited about that possibility.”

How Peter Parker’s parents are important to the grand arc of the trilogy:

“[The story with the parents] is the long shadow that’s cast over the three films.  I want these films to have a serialized component, and there’s a slow burn to that.  I need to leave some juice for the second movie.  That was one of the more exciting things about creating Spider-Man, was that I could create more than one and there was a serialized component to it.”

What he learned from making the first movie that he’ll bring to the sequel:

“We’re taking it one at a time.  I think one of the things I’ve learned… There are a lot of things that are harder than it seems, like designing the suit, for example.  We’re doing some revising on that.  We’re making some cool improvements on the suit.  Just how it was surprising to me when I made (500) Days of Summer it was completely under the radar, you know what I mean?  There were no paparazzi around snapping pictures of the set.  As we were shooting the movie, you realize just how big and curious the audience is for Spider-Man, how everybody feels a sense of ownership.  And it’s really wonderful!  That curiosity is pretty fantastic and inspiring, just to see how much people care about the character.  It was staggering.  It was overwhelming.”

Why Oscorp is important to Webb’s Spider-Man universe:

“When I was thinking about the universe as a whole—and I talked about this with [screenwriter] Jamie Vanderbilt way back in the day—that all crazy stuff in this universe emerges from Oscorp.  Oscorp predates Spider-Man and Peter Parker.  His parents were involved in some way.  And Oscorp represents… The building itself, there was something iconic about it.  To me it’s like the Tower of Babel, which is this testament to man’s hubris.  Peter’s relationship will evolve with it over time.  That was really one of the central components, one of the pieces that tied all these stories together, this relationship with Oscorp.”

So why Electro?

“I think Electro is an incredibly visual, exciting, dangerous villain.  There is a lot of appealing stuff that is going to happen as the world emerges.”

Where they are at in production:

“The script’s done.  We’re doing little tweaks here and there for characters and locations.  But it’s done and it’s fantastic.  I feel  really, really good about it.”

Webb also addressed the editing on the first film, specifically all the deleted scenes that hinted so strongly at a different origin for Peter Parker. According to Webb, some of these scenes were just “redundant” and could be more “confusing” which is why they were cut. But I’m just going to go ahead and call “studio mandated shenanigans” on this one, as the very removal of some of those scenes is what created the confusion for some folks. Webb also mentioned that he has officially just signed on for ASM2, but that the option for a third film was there.

Just one other interesting point, is during the interview, Collider’s Steve Weintraub mentions the “man in shadows” at the end of ASM1 as being Electro, and Webb does not correct him.

And now thanks to all this “electrifying” talk, I have Grease songs looping in my head.

“I got chills, they’re multiplying. And I’m losing control…”

Last Updated: November 2, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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