Jamie Foxx was recently announced as the big bad for upcoming super-sequel
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
, and the star has taken time out to talk about what we can expect from the fiendish Electro.
"You’ll see his whole life is just no one is talking to him," says Foxx of the character's backstory. "People have stolen his ideas at the company, he’s a nobody. And at a certain point Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy, you’re my ears and eyes on the street,’ and he says his name, 'Max', and no one’s ever said Max Dillon’s name, and he goes ‘Wow.'
"And so when Spider-Man leaves he sort of thinks that somehow, ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner,’ and so he starts cutting out his face and pasting it on his board at home. When everything goes bad, his mom doesn’t remember his birthday, I mean all these crazy things happen until finally he has something tragic happen, and then when it turns on he lights it up.”
Rather more in the way of detail than we might have expected (the studio will be pleased), and Foxx continues with a little tease as to the nature of his costume.
"Marc Webb and all those guys that are doing it are smart," he explains. "They know that it has to make sense in 2013. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that. The suit is really slick, it’s actually black, but it’s the new age."
Co-starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open in the UK on 18 April 2014.