Are We Going Into The Spider-Verse?
By Matt Chieco
It was recently reported that Jamie Foxx will return as Electro, a role he played in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in the upcoming Spider-Man sequel from Marvel Studios. This news is definitely a head scratcher. Is this the same Electro? Are they creating a new take on the character for the MCU? Are we finally getting a live action Spider-Verse?
Now this may simply be a similar situation to what happened with the character J. Johan Jameson who appeared in both the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films and Spider-Man: Far From Home. They both have the same actor, J.K. Simmons, playing a different iteration of the character. However having Jamie Foxx playing a different version of Electro may be confusing to the audience.
After the news went viral, Foxx posted to instagram (which he later deleted) shown below.
Many believe this post sways the conversation towards the multiverse due to the image posted. Yet there is one part of the post that still has people skeptical. At the end Foxx writes “And I won’t be blue in this one!!! But a thousand percent badass!!!”. Another question unanswered.
If he is playing the same character form the 2014 movie, how will his look change? Is it going to be more comic book accurate? How is this going to be possible? Knowing that phase 4 and beyond for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be heavily influenced by the multiverse, one can assume this has to be the only reasonable answer. Since Marvel has been so tight lipped the only way to predict what the studio has planned is thru speculation (and trust me there has been plenty of it). Jermey Conrad from MCU Cosmic has stated the following.
Right now there’s no official word on if it’s the exact same Electro from the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Foxx just playing a new version of the character. However rumors are pointing to it being former, and there’s some multiverse madness involved to have that version of Electro cross over from one cinematic universe to another. Wanda really messed things up with her little “vision”.
If what he is suggesting is true, when Wandavision premieres later this year on Disney Plus something is going to happen that messes things up in the MCU and possibly opens the multiverse. Resulting in other characters dealing with the aftermath as a consequence. If this rumor becomes reality and Jamie Foxx is indeed playing the Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, who knows what other characters can be thrown into the mix. Marvel Studios possibly bringing the fans a live action Spider-Verse is a very smart move, and can possibly be a billion dollar idea at the box office since the animated movie Into the Spider-Verse was very well received.
The Untitled Spider-Man sequel is scheduled to be released December 17th, 2021.