According to a report over at Variety, sources close to the publication are saying that Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the villain in the next Spider-Man film.
Sources also told Variety that Foxx would play Electro, and Foxx later tweeted, "Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well."
Electro is the alter ego of Max Dillon, an enemy of Spider-Man who gains the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character first appeared in "The Amazing Spider-Man #9" in February 1964.
In "The Amazing Spider-Man's" post-credit sequence, set inside Dr. Curt Connors' cell at an asylum, the Lizard is approached by a mysterious, shadowy figure (Michael Massee) who asks if Peter Parker knows the truth about his father. Lightning features prominently in the scene, prompting auds to speculate that Electro would be featured in the sequel.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are onboard to return, with Shailene Woodley in talks to join the cast as well. Marc Webb is set to return to direct.
Perhaps the studio felt bad after the Donald Glover for Peter Parker campaign yielded no results? I kid, I kid. And they can't use Black Lightning because he is a DC character. Or did Sony just gave anyone planning to use that character in a future DC universe film the finger? Big time. But seriously, after The A-Meh-zing Spider-man, adding some star power should help.