Yesterday, news hit the net that Jamie Foxx was up for the role of the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Director Marc Webb was asked about this rumor at a press event for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD, but he didn't confirm or deny it. He just kind of teased it saying,
"I think Jamie Foxx is electrifying!" Webb laughed "I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors around today. 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."
Comingsoon also reports that the director was then asked what other Spider-Man characters Webb liked, to which he responded,
"I like Electro," Webb smiled. "I'm fascinated by Norman Osborn and the different inflections of him. And Harry. Mary Jane and Gwen are always interesting to me."
As we've reported in the past, Shailene Woodley will be playing the role of Mary Jane Watson over the course of the next two films. There have also been reports that they are looking for someone to take on the role of Harry Osborne. Webb goes on to talk about the villains and how they are supposed to affect Peter Parker,
"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."
Finally, the director talks about moving forward with the sequel and what excites him about making it,
"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. 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."
I'm excited to see where the sequel takes the story. I thought Webb did a great job with the first film, and it will be cool to see what he has planned. Electro will definitely make for an interesting villain, especially if he's played by Jamie Foxx.
What do you think about what Webb had to say about The Amazing Spider-Man 2?