Maxwell "Max" Dillon, also known as Electro, is one of the two main antagonists (alongside the Green Goblin) of the 2014 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He also serves as the secondary antagonist of the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
He is a former electrical engineer at Oscorp who had idolized Spider-Man, but was transformed into an extremely powerful living electric capacitor after a freak accident, growing power-hungry and obsessed with defeating and killing his idol, whom he wrongly believed, pretended to be his friend and only cared about himself.
Why He's Electro
- Max's backstory is a bit sad, as he's treated like a nobody who was ignored, exploited, and abused by the people around him.
- He was an employee of Oscorp where the accident that leads into him getting his superpowers happens.
- He became a fan of Spider-Man because he helped pick up Max's work blueprints and said something mildly encouraging.
- After gaining his electrical powers and became Electro, he became an egotistical, cocky, and arrogant individual who takes great pride in his powers with the desire to play god as well, as it made him feel noticed and gain other people’s attention.
- Electro possesses the ability to generate bodily electrostatic energy which he can release or harness, after being electrocuted with genetically-modified Oscorp electrical eels.
- Electro's body was transmuted into pure electrical energy, rendering him virtually weightless and granting him the ability to fly. He can break down his body into electricity and teleport himself anywhere before reforming himself.
- He forms a partnership with Harry after being freed from Oscorp, though he's ultimately fighting Spider-Man for his own separate reasons. While Harry's actions as he tries to cure himself drive the plot, Electro's rampage is a far more prominent and direct threat.
- His second fight with Spider-Man was awesome, where he's even stronger and Electro gets his second wind, at which point the fight turns into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown with Spidey on the receiving end.
- His reappearance in No Way Home was amazing, as his natural appearance now has yellow electricity instead of his blue one in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, lining him up with his comic book counterpart.
- Electro is more respectable here than in the previous movie, engaging in a friendly chat with both his fellow villains and the heroes. He also makes a point that he won’t hurt anyone if they don’t try to stop him.
- His interaction with Lizard is decent, as not only they come from the same universe, they both worked at Oscorp.
- He briefly bonds with Sandman when they both realize their supervillain origins involved falling into something.
- He teams up with Green Goblin and the other villains to take down their Spider-Man's.
- Once he's in the MCU Universe, he's much more well-adjusted and confident, easily interacting with his surroundings and coming across as the most normal of the displaced villains after Sandman.
- Electro is already a badass in his own universe but is somehow stronger in the MCU upon arriving, claiming it is due to the MCU having different energy than his. He later steals an Arc Reactor that makes him even stronger, allowing him to overpower all three Spider-Men at the same time.
- Once he's depowered and cured, he reconciles with his Spider-Man, acknowledging that he's just a kid and that he's helped a lot of people.
- Jamie Foxx gives a great performance as Electro.
- Despite being advertised as the main antagonist, Electro hardily contributes much for the film, with Harry being the actual villain.
- He goes from being a sympathetic nobody to a deranged murderer after he loses faith in Spider-Man, deciding to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with.
- After his first fight with Spider-Man, he isn't seen again until the third act.
- He sees Spider-Man as his enemy once a police officer snipes at him, believing he was set up, even though Spider-Man was making it abundantly clear that he just wanted Electro to calm down.
- His design in the Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks nothing like his classic comic book counterpart and it was suppose to look like his Ultimate comic book/TV cartoon counterpart. Thankfully, he got a much more cooler and comic accurate design in No Way Home.
- Many fans were confused as to how Electro ended up in MCU Universe as Doctor Strange's spell brought all the villains who knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man, yet he himself never figured out his true identity.
- His appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is based off of his Ultimate comics incarnation. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, the advanced electricity grids of Earth-199999 and the Arc Reactor propel him to a new design that resembles his classic comic book look: yellow electricity and his trademark mask, represented by flashing sparkles on his face.
- After being chosen for the role, Foxx stated to Entertainment Tonight that he likes Electro as a character and was excited to play him.
- Upon being cured of his powers, Max expresses disappointment that his Spider-Man wasn't black, saying "There's gotta be a black Spider-Man out there somewhere", clearly a reference to Miles Morales.
Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2