- Andrew Lynch
NEWS FLASH-Jamie Foxx Returning as Electro in Spider-Man 3
*insert shocked pun here*
Jamie Foxx is in talks to return as the Spider-Man villain, Electro in the untitled Tom Holland Spider-Man three-quel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Foxx last played the classic Spidey villain in an…ahem, electrifying performance in the much-maligned Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The Andrew Garfield sequel has a 51% average on Rotten Tomatoes, and ended Sony’s first attempt at a Sony/Marvel cinematic universe, which would have included a Sinister Six movie and an Aunt May spin-off film (I wonder why it failed).
Foxx’s return feels similar to Michael Keaton’s return as Batman in DC’s The Flash movie, with the potential for multiverse crossovers.
For Spider-Man, this means that Spider-Man 3 could see a live-action version of the Spider-Verse, made popular in the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Foxx could be playing a new version of Electro in the MCU and not the one in ASM2, but that would be odd casting to not have him reprise his role.
The fan-lead conclusion from this announcement is that eventually Sony will get Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield back as the Web Slinger to share the screen with Tom Holland.
Into the Spider-Verse producer Chris Miller said that the a massive Spider-Crossover with Maguire, Garfield, Holland and Spider-Ham would have happened except Sony executives responded with 'too soon'.
Sony’s shift onto the Spider-Verse for their live action Spider-Man films is most likely in response to the tenuous deal they have with Marvel.
In 2019, the Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios partnership over the use of Spider-Man in the MCU fell through due to either:
· Marvel demanding too much money
· Sony demanding too much money (although with Disney, that’s not a thing)
· Sony not liking Kevin Feige, CCO of Marvel, no longer being involved with Spidey following the acquisition of the Fox/Marvel characters like the X-Men, potentially taking up too much of his time
Ultimately this little spat was resolved with Sony and Marvel agreeing to one more solo Spider-Man film, and one more Spidey appearance in a team-up film, most likely the next Avengers film.
So, with Spider-Man 3 being the last official Spidey MCU film, Sony might try to use it as a bridge between the MCU and their own cinematic universe, the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC…yep, SPUMC).
The SPUMC started with Tom Hardy’s Venom in 2018 and continues with:
· Morbius, starring Jared Leto as Morbius The Living Vampire
· Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage with Woody Harelson as Cletus Kassidy/Carnage
· An Olivia Wilde-directed Spider-Woman movie
· A Kraven The Hunter movie with J. C. Chandor as director
· And a long in development Black Cat/Silver Sable movie
There may be a loose connection between MCU/SPUMC with the Morbius trailer revealing Michael Keaton as Vulture, who appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a poster related to the mid-credit’s scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
This would help establish the SPUMC as a smaller cinematic universe within the MCU, allowing for future appearances or studio deals down the line.
Untitled Spider-Man 3 will see Jon Watts return as director and Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei and Jacob Batalon all return, with no story details revealed.
Untitled Spider-Man 3 is set to be released 17th December, 2021.