Electro is one of several villains that Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man will trade blows with when director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. In our latest look at the movie, compliments of Yahoo!, we get to see Spidey having a chat with Electro (Jamie Foxx) in Times Square. We’ve seen elements of this scene before in various trailers – it appears to be Electro’s first proper appearance in the film as a public menace – but this minute-long clip offers more of an uninterrupted perspective.
Webb addressed the coming sequel’s abundance of villain during his recent SXSW appearance. “It’s about writing,” he said (via The Playlist). “We’re aware of those movies” – a reference to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 – “and the complaints people had. The main villain is Electro. Every other villain emerges around that. We were careful to make sure the stories entertained. You had to make sure to create obstacles that were difficult to overcome. We wanted to make the physical and emotional obstacles difficult. Rhino is in it for four minutes so it’s a legitimate comparison, but when you see the movie, I’m confident.”
We’ll likely see Giamatti pop up again in future Spidey flicks (or one of the planned spin-offs), but Webb’s words seem to confirm that the armored villain’s role in ASM2 is minimal. There’s still the question of how Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn/Green Goblin factors into the story. We’ve seen him in trailers – much more extensively that we’ve seen Giamatti – and we know he’s got at least one knockdown brawl with Spider-Man. Could Webb’s comment about Electro being the “main villain” be a bit of misdirection, meant to draw our attention away from a higher-profile villain and longtime Spider-Man enemy?
It’s hard to say right now, but we’ll find out soon enough when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters in May.