First Look at Jamie Foxx as Electro, Spider-Man’s Next Movie Villain (PHOTOS)

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Though it seemed like it had a lot stacked against it — it was up against The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers in a summer packed with superhero movies, it was only a few years removed from the awful Spider-Man 3 and no one was really asking for a reboot of the franchise — The Amazing Spider-Man was actually a pretty significant success. The movie was good and actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were excellent in the roles of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.

Marvel’s currently working on the follow-up to the film and today we have our first look at the villain who will be featured: Electro. The electricity-wielding baddy also known by the name Max Dillon will be portrayed by Jamie Foxx.

Though the character always looks pretty cheesy in the comics, it looks like he will be somewhat toned on the big screen. Gone are the green tights and huge lightning bolts mask. In their place is a lot of blue makeup.

Of course, the magic of digital effects means that no set photos ever give us a complete look at a character. Expect to see a lot of CGI lightning bolts around this guy when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters:

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  1. I was reading your article, “Tax-Policy Web Lures ‘Spider-Man’ Film Here” and was wondering if you know much about how Spider-Man’s creators financially get nothing for the billions of dollars in profits Marvel makes from the character through movies and merchandising. Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee, who you may be familiar with, and Steve Ditko, who you may not have heard of. Stan wrote Spider-Man while Steve drew the comic. Their creative roles weren’t quite that clear cut because of how Marvel made comics.

    At the time Spider-Man was created, Marvel was a second-rate publisher that put out comics that followed trends that were making money for other publishers. Stan Lee was the only salaried editor/writer/art director at Marvel. Instead of full scripts breaking down the comic panel by panel similar to a screenplay, the only way that Stan could keep up with all the comics he was writing was to give the artist a summary of the story. The artist would then break the story down, fill in any gaps, and often create new ideas and characters to fill the pages. Stan would get the art, with stuff he hadn’t even put in the story, and write the script that filled in dialog balloons and captions. That process put the burden on artists to tell much of the story. As Marvel became more successful, Stan’s time decreased and his top artists might only get a one-sentence plot idea that they would have to create an entire story from. There were times that Stan had no input to the comic till the artist delivered pages for a story that they created completely on their own. Creative disagreements between Stan and Steve left them not communicating for two years such that Steve Ditko plotted the entire course of that period’s comics, creating villains and supporting characters–all without any input from Stan Lee. Stan was then left with looking at the art and Steve’s notes and having to create a script on the fly. Steve Ditko quit Marvel when promised royalties were never paid as Spider-Man’s popularity was starting to show up as merchandised toys in stores and a forthcoming Saturday morning cartoon announced.

    The day Steve quit was the last day that he ever earned any money from his four years of co-creating and defining the world of Spider-Man. His entire monetary income for all his work on Spider-Man probably earned him less money than the costume designer for the Spider-Man movies made for slightly tweaking Steve’s costume design for the onscreen version. Stan Lee’s long association with Marvel has left him quite well-to-do as the company’s best known spokesman even though he likewise never directly got royalties from his co-creation of Spider-Man. Steve Ditko, on the other hand, has favored creative freedom over money and consequently has done considerably less well. He is now 85 years old and still works on his own small-press comics. I would imagine that his social security income is unimpressive since he hasn’t worked on any top comics since Spider-Man. When he worked on Spider-Man, Marvel had some of the lowest page rates in the industry, so he didn’t do well there. Meanwhile, Marvel was bought by Disney for $4 billion for its intellectual property and none of the writers and artists that created those properties saw a penny from that massive sale.

    I don’t know if this is a story that you would have any interest in following up on, but it does represent a nice human drama of one man being ignored by a giant company that partly owes its fortunes to his creativity. Steve Ditko is a man of very strong morals. He would rather starve than violate the moral code that he lives by. Steve hasn’t pursued legal action against Marvel because he understood that the characters he created and co-created weren’t his. His issue is that he was verbally promised a royalty that he never received. It would be nice if he could see a little of that royalty before he dies. About the only way I can ever imagine that happening is if Marvel/Disney are publicly embarrassed into doing something to help this old man whose ideas profited them so greatly. I don’t know Steve Ditko and have never had any contact with him. From what I do know about Steve, he probably wouldn’t want millions of dollars. I read that he showed up to a comic publisher with shoes held together with duct tape, so I doubt he’s the kind of guy who lives extravagantly–and doubt that he ever wants to. A little pension and health insurance would be a nice “thank you” for his contributions.

    As a side note, DC Comics was similarly put in a position to providing a small pension and health insurance for Superman’s aging creators before the Christopher Reeve Superman movies were released. I wish companies had the decency to do things like this on their own to reward the people that made them rich. Since they don’t, they have to be shamed into doing the right thing. It’s a pity that they don’t emulate the selfless heroic behavior of the characters they publish.