‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Trailer: Jamie Foxx’s Electro Shocks Fans With a Classic Marvel Comics Look

After weeks of rumors, leaks, and theories, fans finally got a look at the second Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer. It proved even more electric than some hoped for, especially when Jamie Foxx’s Electro burst onto the scene. Foxx sported a new design previously unseen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the webhead’s villain. Both Doctor Strange and Spider-Man have a lot to contend with.

Jamie Foxx attends 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise Of Electro' Premiere
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Electro has undergone several redesigns from his classic look

Out of Spider-Man’s entire rogue’s gallery, Electro always stood out. Even in a world where everyone and their brother dressed up like a vulture or a green goblin, Electro looked … kind of silly. This is why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb went for a different design for the Jamie Foxx Electro.

Max Dillon, aka Electro, debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #9 in 1964. He wore a bright green and yellow suit with a big electric-themed mask over his eyes. The costume might have flown in the 60s, but as time went on, Marvel knew he needed a redesign.

However, they struggled to find a fit. They tried making him blue, they tried making him bald. The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series turned his whole head into electricity instead of a mask.

Then, the second Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer came out featuring Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Foxx’s new Electro. It seemed to find a happy medium for many of the Electro designs. 

Jamie Foxx’s villain in the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ trailer calls back to Electro’s classic look

The Spider-Man villain appeared to battle Tom Holland alongside a monstrous Sandman.

“You’re not gonna take this away from me,” he said in the trailer. During his line, fans got a good look at the new Electro design.

Yellow lectricity sparked from Foxx’s face, resembling the classic mask from Electro’s original design. He wore a new black outfit, though the light from his electricity made it seem green.

The yellow electric color was a nod to the classic Marvel comics. However, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his electric attacks were blue.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxx first starred as Max Dillon. Through a bizarre origin involving electric eels and electricity somehow fixing a gap in his teeth (yes, that actually happened in the movie for those who don’t remember), he became Electro.

However, his design as he battled Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man looked radically different from the classic design.

His look came from the Marvel Ultimate Universe, Earth-1610 — the same universe that Miles Morales called home.

Marvel wanted the Ultimate Universe to be the next definitive version of Marvel comics. Apart from Miles, though, it didn’t have the intended impact and was destroyed during the Secret Wars event in 2015.

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 releasing during the Ultimate Universe’s run, it made sense to pull Foxx’s Electro design from that Universe. However, with Earth-1610 a distant memory, Spider-Man: No Way Home brought Electro back to his origins.

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