Sometimes all it takes to make a supervillain is one police sniper with an itchy trigger finger.
Spider-Man's in for a shock as he first confronts the man who will soon be known as Electro, a glowing blue master of electricity, in our exclusive clip from one of this summer's most anticipated blockbusters, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The scene features Maxwell "Max" Dillon (Jamie Foxx), a formerly unassuming electrical engineer for the sinister Oscorp, shortly after the accident that transforms him into a living electrical capacitor. Poor Max doesn't have any kind of supervillainy on his mind yet — he's understandably just a confused, frightened guy who has no idea what's happening to him.
"I don't know what's going on with me ... I've got so much anger," says Dillon, performed with a heartfelt intensity by the Oscar-winning Foxx. That anger part is never a good sign, unless it's the Hulk we're talking about (and even that is arguable).
Spidey (Andrew Garfield) is doing his best to control the situation — or at least control the guy who can shoot lightning out of his hands, showing off the kind of "talking down" skills that would make him an excellent hostage negotiator if he ever decided to hang up his red and blue costume and pursue a career change.
"I can see that, I can see you don't want to be here," says the wall-crawler, trying to calm both Max and the crowd he's drawn. "I can see you're scared, I can see you don't know what's happening, I can see you don't want to hurt anybody."
Dillon seems to have only one demand: "I don't want them shooting at me anymore," which makes Spidey exclaim to the authorities, "Nobody shoots at Max!" The situation seems to be somewhat contained until a step into a puddle causes Max to accidentally discharge, which in turn causes the cops to open fire, and then ... well, the Mayor might soon need to budget how much it's going to cost to rebuild Times Square.
Max Dillon/Electro was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #9 (Feb. 1964). A lot of his early comic book adventures will never reach the big screen, as they involve characters owned by other studios (Dillon first keeps himself fully charged by stealing electrical equipment from Stark Industries and is approached by Magneto to join the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants). However, Electro is one of the original members of the supervillain team, the Sinister Six, the formation of which is being foreshadowed in "The Amazing Spider Man 2."
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters on May 2.