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The multiverse breaks open in Spider-Man: No Way Home, allowing for villains from past Spider-Man movies to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the villains is Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, who was the main antagonist in Andrew Garfield‘s second Spider-Man film. So, how did Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures convince the actor to reprise his role?

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' star Jamie Foxx wears a silver sparkly suit over a white button-up shirt and bites the end of his glasses that he's holding in his hand.
Jamie Foxx | Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Jamie Foxx first played Electro in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

Electro, played by Jamie Fox, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker. The villain’s real name is Max Dillon, an electrical engineer at Oscorp. He becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the superhero saves him one day.

Later, while in the lab, Max accidentally shocks himself and falls into a tank full of genetically-engineered electric eels. They attack him, and he gains electrical powers. As a result, Max doesn’t know how to control his powers, and he causes a blackout in Times Square. Spider-Man helps stop him, and the higher-ups at Oscorp take Max to the Ravencroft Institute.

There, he takes on the persona of Electro. Harry Osborn breaks him out, and they later fight Spider-Man. Peter and Gwen are able to overload Electro’s body and kill him.

While doing press for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jamie Foxx told NBC News, “I love being a villain. What’s great about the villains in Marvel, they didn’t start off being bad. Something happened to them — so it doesn’t come off where they just want to do bad.”

Jamie Foxx explains why he agreed to be in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

During a panel at CCXP, Spider-Man: No Way Home stars Alfred Molina, Willem Dafoe, and Jamie Foxx discussed their villainous roles in the film and why they chose to return.

Foxx revealed, “I was excited knowing Amy [Pascal] for years, man, and knowing what she’s done with this franchise, and she was explaining to me that it’s gonna be hot, and I didn’t have to be blue, and things like that as far as my character is concerned, so you’re gonna be a little more hip, and that I get a chance to hang out with these incredible thespians.”

As fans know from the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes on a whole new look for the MCU movie. In The Amazing Spider-Man, Electro turned blue after gaining powers. But in the upcoming Spider-Man film, the villain looked more like his counterpart in the comic books.


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Many villains return in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Jamie Foxx’s Electro is not the only villain to return in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, and Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, also reprise their roles for the MCU movie.

Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s premise reads, “With Spider-Man’s identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.”

Spider-Man: No Way Home, starring Jamie Foxx, is playing in theaters now.