Now here’s a bit of a shock, that could spark up some interest from fans, as the current Spider-verse unfolds, with director Jon Watts at the helm. Ehem. Sorry.
It looks like Jamie Foxx could be returning to the Spider-Man franchise as villain Electro, the tragic-antagonistic character he took on in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Foxx has entered talks to reprise the role in the next Spider-Man film, the third of Marvel and Sony’s Tom Holland-led films, with Homecoming and Far from Home helmer Jon Watts again directing.
It’s certainly a surprising bit of news, considering The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was met with mixed-to-poor reviews and failed to hit the box office return Sony was expecting (they wanted over $1 billion; they got $708 million, resulting in a profit of only around $70 million after marking and distribution costs – far less than expected for this kind of tentpole pic). The film’s performance and reception led to Sony agreeing to team up with Marvel and have Spidey enter the MCU.
There are no plot details to go on for the next Spider-Man film, so it remains to be seen how exactly Foxx’s Electro will be incorporated into this unfolding universe. Some online speculation suggests his appearance will be thanks to a Spider-Verse/multi-verse narrative. Either way, Sony’s set precedence with returning characters from previous Spidey iterations; Far from Home‘s mid-credit scene had J.K. Simmons popping up again as J. Jonah Jameson.
The still-untitled new Spider-Man movie, which is expected to have previous cast members Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori back on board, is currently scheduled to hit US cinemas on 17 December 2021 – a date no one will be shocked to see change at this point.