And, in this case, that’s pretty good. The sequel to last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man is now filming in New York, and the location work revealed that the main villain, Electro, will look more like the version seen in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, rather than the old green-and-yellow costumed baddie from the classic series.
Yes, that’s Oscar winner Jamie Foxx under all that latex and special lighting. (It seems the tiny lights that ring the hood and make Electro’s face glow will be digitally removed.)
Foxx told Blackfilm.com:
“It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different color. [The producers] want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic booky, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a 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 happened. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
Hmmm… “liquid rubber” and “bolts and stuff in my arms”? Sound like the SPFX department will be trying to push the envelope with the visuals in this flick, which I am happy to hear, because I very disappointed with the lame 3-D effects in The Amazing Spider-Man, so I’m glad they’re not relying on that already-tired gimmick.
Here’s what the two versions of Electro look like in the comics:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (working title) is due in theaters May 2, 2014.