Something funny’s going on. On Thursday, October 1, the general public learned that Jamie Foxx is returning to the Spider-Man movies. If anyone who was semi-conscious in 2014 remembers, Foxx played Electro, a classic Spidey villain, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony’s attempt at a reboot series of the original Spider-Man movies starring Tobey McGuire. The Amazing version of the reboot starring Andrew Garfield spanned only two movies and, especially the sequel, was such a failure that Sony actually partnered with Marvel to let them try to retool the character on their own. That’s what led to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and a total revitalization of the movie series. But now, Jamie Foxx is actually going to be in the third movie of the Tom Holland Spidey series and, in an even more shocking twist, is going to play Electro. Again. And I have to say — it kinda feels like we called the expansion of the multi-verse.
Obviously, we have tons of questions. But given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be leaning into a multiverse, (literally, Doctor Strange’s next movie is titled The Multiverse of Madness) the main question is: Is this Electro the same Electro from Andrew Garfield’s universe? After all, in the post-credit scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jonah Jameson, e-tooled to be an Info-Wars type character, was revealed and was revealed to be J.K. Simmons himself. While audiences initially just thought it was a funny gag, that, plus the release of Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, in which Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man on Earth-1610 and then meets about a dozen other spider guys suggests that a much bigger game could be afoot.
So, will Tom Holland meet other Peter Parkers, other Miles Morales’, and a Spider-Pig? Will Andrew Garfield reprise his role as Spider-Man in another universe to come to help out Spider-Man as Tom Holland? And if Electro made it across universes, how did he do it? Did the Infinity Stones actually open up a series of wormholes as Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Mysterio suggested, even though he was lying about his own origins? Is this some sort of nefarious plot to bring down Spider-Man? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
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