No Way Home Celebrates Jamie Foxx's Worst Electro Moments From TASM2

Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Jamie Foxx returns as Max Dillon aka Electro in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the movie continues his story from 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in a way that uses his earlier portrayal as its foundation. No Way Home sends the Web-Head on a new adventure when the skilled sorcerer Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) initiates a spell to erase the world's knowledge that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is Spider-Man. Unfortunately, Peter inadvertently causes Strange's spell to open the doors of the Multiverse, with characters from past Spider-Man movies dropping into the MCU, including Jamie Foxx's Electro.

The villain of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is also joined by the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), The Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), and The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). It's up to Peter and his friends MJ (Zendaya) and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) to safely get them home without simply sending them back to die. Fortunately, they have some additional help from some other Spider-Men who were also transported over, played by none other than Holland's Web-Slinging predecessors, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wasn't the most acclaimed of Peter Parker's big-screen stories, and the news of Foxx's return as Electro took many by surprise for that reason. Despite that, No Way Home has a specific role for each Spider-Man villain brought into the MCU, and Electro in particular benefits from his appearance. Not only that, but the movie does anything but ignore where he came from.

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxx's Max Dillon was introduced as the epitome of a socially awkward geek, as well as a genuine genius unappreciated for his contributions to New York in designing the city's power grid. An electrical engineer for Oscorp, Max is quite timid and views himself as a nobody, until a pep talk from Garfield's upbeat Spider-Man instills some self-worth in him. Max's freak accident with Oscorp's electric eels transforms him into Electro, and he eventually comes to believe that Spider-Man is on the side of all the people who have walked all over Max his whole life.

Max's transformation from Spidey's biggest fan to his embittered enemy sees him completely shed his geekiness for pure rage against the Web-Slinger and Oscorp's abusive scientists. The Amazing Spider-Man 2's characterization of Electro ended up being one of the most polarizing elements of the film, many audience members feeling Foxx's performance went overboard in portraying Max as a stereotypical science nerd, and the hatred he develops for Spider-Man also feeling like an unexpected hard right turn. For Electro's return in No Way Home, Foxx's portrayal of Max in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn't so much retconned as it is evolved.

Like the conflicted Norman Osborn and Otto Octavius, Max is transported from his world into the MCU moments before his previously seen death. This means the Electro in No Way Home doesn't undergo the hard switch he originally did, and he's a lot more self-confident in his skill with his electrical powers and fascinated by the new world he's entered. However, No Way Home doesn't overlook who Max was before he became Electro, The Lizard specifically mentioning Max's much nerdier look as an Oscorp scientist when they last saw each other. Additionally, No Way Home also works in chords from Electro's dubstep theme into the movie's soundtrack.

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When Max comes face-to-face with Garfield's Spider-Man, teamed up with Maguire's version of Spidey alongside Holland's, he mockingly refers to him as an "old friend", showing that he still holds his grudge against the hero he once looked up to. After his powers are shut off during the climactic Statue of Liberty battle, Max, in another callback to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, laments that he's now a nobody again, but Peter assures him that's not the case as the two make amends. In all, Max might be a new man in No Way Home, but he's not a different one, his history in his last big-screen appearance being just as significant to his story as his fellow villains and all three Spider-Men.

No Way Home does a lot to give Electro a fresh new start after his divisive big-screen debut. While Max's Dr. Manhattan-like look as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was one of the movie's visual effects highlights, his comic accurate appearance in No Way Home improves upon this side of him without feeling like a rebuttal. It's simply a byproduct of Max being transported to a new universe and his body absorbing what is, to him, a different kind of electricity, and one that allows him to maintain his outwardly human appearance, unlike his earlier accident.

This also improves upon Electro's previous portrayal, giving him a new motivation in wanting to gain as much of this energy as he can - Max now more intoxicated by his powers than simply feeling spurned by Spider-Man. Still, everything about Electro's role in No Way Home acts as a way to place his previous battle with the Spider-Man of his world in a better context. In No Way Home, the power Max possesses gives him the feeling of being special that he couldn't find before, even if he has to live in another universe to achieve it. Meeting Spider-Man again, he learns that he was never the loser that he thought he was, and is ready to let go of his addiction to his powers. In a nutshell, No Way Home improves on how Electro was showcased in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but does so by using his prior appearance as an origin story to be completed.

In having Electro play the prominent role that he does, No Way Home goes a long way towards rehabilitating Foxx's first performance as Max Dillon. In some ways, it also does so for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as a whole, with Electro a better villain in his role in an MCU Spider-Man movie, but one whose past is still absolutely relevant and even crucial for the story. While Electro's first appearance on-screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might've left audiences split, Spider-Man: No Way Home gives him a second chance that makes no apologies for how he started, a fitting outcome for Max Dillon, indeed, in a movie that's all about villains getting second chances.

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