Jamie Foxx Is Electro in 'The Amazing Spider Man 2'
Maxwell Dillon (Electro) has been one of Spider Man's most frequent and enduring adversaries. Raised by his overprotective mother, after his father abandoned them, Max had ambitions of being an electrical engineer. However, after being convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough to pursue such a career. Max instead reluctantly took a job as a lineman for an electric company.
While repairing a power line still connected to its spool, Max was struck by lightning. Instead of being killed, the freak accident caused a mutagenic change in his nervous system, allowing him to generate and control vast amounts of electricity. After creating a colorful costume, Max turned to a life of crime as Electro.
At the beginning of Electro's criminal career, J. Jonah Jameson began a smear campaign in the Daily Bugle proclaiming Electro to actually be an alter-ego for Spider-man. Intent on proving the publisher wrong, Spider-man faced Electro and was nearly killed by merely touching him. Using a fire hose, however, the web-slinger was able to defeat Electro.
Dillon also tried to devise a master plan to control New York City's power supply in order to gain more power. However, he was once again defeated by Spider-man, who had donned an insulated suit.
According to Jamie Foxx in an interview on Entertainment Tonight,
"I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he's a [...] genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on." (Marvel)