As recently as a month ago, Marc Webb’s status on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was up in the air; he’s since signed on, and, with the first film headed to DVD and Blu-ray next week nad possibly online free, he’s been on the press circuit discussing both the original film and the upcoming follow-up.
One of the most prominent news items that emerged this week attached Jamie Foxx to the role of Electro, the villain who will appear in the sequel. In an interview, Webb has confirmed that Electro will indeed be the bad guy in the next full movie because he’s “an incredibly visual, exciting, dangerous villain.”
Webb hasn’t confirmed Foxx’s participation, but he did reveal an appreciation for the actor’s previous work, dating all the way back to his run on In Living Color. Officially, Foxx is in negotiations for the role, but a tweet from November the 1st that claims he “dressed up as Electro for Halloween” seemingly indicates that he’s probably going to nab the role and we can watch his in the upcoming movie.
Other topics of discussion for Webb have included the overarching storyline concerning Peter Parker’s parents. While the marketing for the first film promised to reveal this untold story, it actually skirted around this issue for the most part.
However, true believers should take heart in Webb’s insistence that the subplot is a “long shadow that’s cast over the three films,” and that “there’s a slow burn” element to it. Claiming that he needs “to have some juice for the second movie,” he goes on to say that the serial nature of the storytelling “is one of the more exciting things” about coming aboard a Spider-Man project for the long haul.
Other predictable topics were both broached and rebuffed; while Webb was eager to reveal that the Spider-man suit will see some subtle changes this time around, he was more hesitant to reveal any particulars about the role Mary Jane Watson will play in the film.
According to Webb, the script is done save for a few tweaks, which should put the film on track to go into production soon in order to hit its May 2014 release date.