Foxx & Cooper Talk Electro and Osborn in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
by Ethan Anderton
September 11, 2013
Though regular audiences have only seen a snippet of footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 featuring the accident that turns Jamie Foxx into Electro, the trailer shown to Comic-Con attendees in Hall H showed off all the villains who will pop up in the sequel. From Paul Giamatti as Rhino to a very sick Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and his seemingly already troubled son Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), there's lots of seeds that are being planted for the next two sequels, which will supposedly unite the Sinister Six at some point. Now Foxx and Cooper recently talked a bit about their villains in the sequel.
Cooper's chat with Access Hollywood was brief, but he confirms what we've suspected:
“['Amazing Spider-Man 2'] is an introduction to Norman Osborn, and, apparently, this leads to better things in ‘Spider-Man 3′. I think it’s fair to say that he’s on his last legs and I don’t know if I can say anything more.”
In the footage at Comic-Con, Cooper was seen briefly, looking very ill in bed with DeHaan by his side. The theory is that the elder Osborn won't be turning into the Green Goblin this time, and it will be Norman's death, likely at the end of the second film, which will drive Harry to madness. But that's later down the road. How will Electro come into play in the second film? Foxx, who always sounds excited when he's talking about playing the electrified bad guy, gives us a little insight into the pain that his character feels and what drives his turn to villainy. He told Digital Spy:
"I think with all of the Spider-Man villains there is a certain empathy to them. The way we crafted Electro, when he's Max you definitely feel for him because he's been sort of shut out and no one really cares about him. And it's his birthday and even his Mom forgot his birthday, so you will feel that. So when he does turn into Electro it's serious venom, he really wants to hurt everybody, and when he feels like Spider-Man betrays him he really wants to hurt him bad."
The footage shown in San Diego (which has also leaked online if you're savvy enough to find it), really put the spotlight on Electro, showing that he's lost in the shuffle of the city. People don't know his name, and he's actually taken aback when Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) drops down in front of him and treats him like a human being. He idolizes Spider-Man, and dreams what it would be like to have that many people love him. But obviously, Spidey does him wrong somehow, and that's the last straw. A trailer for the sequel is supposed to be coming before the end of the year so stay tuned.