- “I'm gonna kill the light, so everyone in this city is gonna know how it feels to live in my world. A world without power. A world without mercy. A world without Spider-Man. And everyone will be able to see me for who I truly am."
"And who are you?"
"Don't you know? I'm Electro.”
- ―Electro and Doctor Kafka[src]
Maxwell "Max" Dillon is one of the two main antagonists (alongside the Green Goblin) of the 2014 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the secondary antagonist of the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
He was an electrical engineer formerly employed at Oscorp Industries. He was seen as a "nobody" before being saved and acknowledged by Spider-Man, who he became obsessed with. After having to stay behind at work on his birthday, Max had to fix a broken power line. He climbed all of the way up to the line and balanced on a railing. He was able to successfully plug the line back in, fixing the circuit.
However, before he could get down, Max was shocked with electricity, making him fall down in to a tank of genetically-modified electric eels. He was attacked by the eels, before finally breaking the entire tank. Following this accident, Max was made of pure electrical energy, was given a suit by Harry Osborn, and dubbed himself Electro. He was later killed in a explosion by Gwen Stacy during his final battle with Spider-Man.
In 2024, due to Doctor Strange's failed spell, Electro was transported to another universe. He met an alternate Spider-Man and was later captured in a prison. Later, he met the other multiversal villains. Electro joined Goblin's side when Goblin told that gods take instead of choose. Electro stole the Arc Reactor and later met that universe's Spider-Man in the Statue Of Liberty. He met his Spider-Man and an alternate Spider-Man. Eventually, Dillon was cured by Otto Octavius before reuniting with his Spider-Man. Before going back to Dillon's respective universe, he smiled as a prospect of a new fate.
Max Dillon lived his whole life without anybody merely acknowledging his existence. One time, the Manhattan hero Spider-Man saved him from a taxi hurtling through the air. Being the "nobody" that Dillon was, he was thrilled to have been acknowledged by somebody, let alone the very famous Spider-Man.
As Spider-Man leaves, Dillon starts to believe that he is the hero's friend. He goes mad with "love" for Spider-Man and obsesses over him, sticking pictures of him all over his bedroom wall.
After he finds out that hardly anyone has remembered his birthday and his ideas for a new power grid were stolen by his colleagues at Oscorp, Max is forced by Alistair Smythe to fix an electrical problem in one of Oscorp's genetics labs. A cable has come loose in a vent. Max climbs into the vent and attempts to reconnect the cable, but he is unable to stop the electrical current going into it and it malfunctions in his hands. He loses his balance and falls into a large tank of electric eels being used for experiments. They sting him multiple times until the tank shatters.
Max awakens in a morgue. Donning a black hoodie, he escapes and makes his way to Times Square, where he accidentally causes a scene whilst trying to charge up himself with a power cable. Spider-Man arrives but doesn't remember Max's name. Angered that his hero forgot his name, things get worse for Max when he is fired at by the police after Spider-Man assured him that he would not be shot at. Feeling betrayed and lied to by his hero, Max destroys Times Square in anger with his newfound electrical powers. Luckily, his reign of terror is stopped by Spider-Man and the fire department.
Max, now naming himself Electro, is sent to Ravencroft Institute where he is placed in a large harness that contains his energy. He is soon broken out by Harry Osborn who forms an alliance with the man to kill Spider-Man. After Electro helps Harry in taking Donald Menken hostage, Harry allows Electro to take control of the power grid (as he's responsible for its design) as agreed.
Electro causes a citywide blackout and challenges Spider-Man to a fight at the Oscorp Power Plant. After a lengthy battle, Spider-Man, with the help of Gwen Stacy, defeats Electro by overloading his power supply, causing the villain to explode into pure energy and killing him.
In an alternate universe's 2024, Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man was revealed to the world. In a attempt to fix the effects to his personal life, Parker asked Doctor Strange to use the Runes of Kauf-Kal to erase everyone's mind of the reveal, however due to Peter's concerns of the effects he messed with the spell causing it to instead bring in anyone who knew Peter is Spider-Man in the Multiverse. Strange was able to contain it in time, but some people were brought in including two other versions of Parker, Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius, Flint Marko, Eddie Brock and Venom, Curt Connors, and Dillion who was taken seconds before dying since he accidentally heard Gwen calling Spider-Man Peter.
Being overcharged with energy, Dillion in an electrical form was drawn to the universe's energy. However, he saw and attacked that earth's Peter, and was taken down by him and Flint Marko. Due to the new energy, Max's blue mutation was subdued to look normal and regrow the rest of his hair, after helping Dillion get situated, Parker sent him to a prison cell in the New York Sanctum. Where Max got to mingle with the other visitors, and show his desire for the new electrical energy, and told Ned Leeds, MJ Watson, Parker, and the villains about Connors and his plan to turn New York to Lizards in his world. After most of the visitors were finally gathered, he saw as Octavius and Osborn realized their fates were to die in their universe after battling Spider-Man, where Max realized that he too was doomed to die fighting Spider-Man.
Strange then revealed his intentions to send everyone back with the Machina de Kadvus, which worried most of them including Max to be doomed to die again. However, Spider-Man turned on Strange to try to help the villains, which he was able to subdue the wizard. Parker offered to cure the visitors or be killed by Strange which Max and the others agree to come, however Max threatened to kill Parker if something went wrong.
Parker along Osborn and May Parker took Max and the others to their temporary house with tech to cure the multiversal men. During the time Dillion and Marko bonded with each other due to their similar backstories. During which Marko revealed that he wanted to go home to his daughter, but Max wanted to stay with the unique energy. The first cure was able to work on Octavius, and Parker gave Dillion a device to drain the excess electrical energy from Dillion without killing him, however Dillion didn't wish to be stripped of his powers. Unfortunately, Norman's powers had caused him to have another villainous personality, The Green Goblin.
The Goblin took control of Osborn, and convinced Dillion to accept his powers and turned on them by taking the cure machine's power source the Arc Reactor, blasting Octavius outside after he tried to subdue him, with Marko and Dillion taking the advantage of Goblin's and Connors' chaos and escaped, with Goblin killing May to enrage Parker.
While outside, Max upgraded his Arc Reactor to enhance his powers, and saw Peter's city-wide broadcast to lure the villains, revealing he was going to send them home from the Statue of Liberty. Max, now wanting to stay in this world and not die, confronted Peter, only to realize that he had teamed up with Dillion's Spider-Man and another version of them. Dillion temporarily teamed up with Connors and Marko to take the three Spider-Men down. When Marko caught Peter with the Machina De Kadvus, Max knew he would try to send them home, so he blasted some scaffolding onto him. During the battle the Spider-Man and his friends cured Connors and Marko. Before they could cure Max, he blasted two Spider-Men to try to kill them, until Doctor Octopus, tricked Max before stealing his Arc Reactor and implant the stronger device, draining Max of his powers. Devastated about being a nobody again, Max's Peter came to comfort him, and reassure him that he is a someone, finally reconciling with his former idol, and bonding over Max's thought on a Black Spider-Man existing. Before everyone was sent home, Goblin destroyed the Machina de Kadvus, worsening the initial spell, and the native Peter attempted to kill Goblin but instead cure Norman, stopping the villain. In order to fix everything Peter freed Doctor Strange, who was impressed by Peter's plan working, to erase everyone's memories of Peter Parker's existence and return everyone else home, which worked. Due to the spell and cure, a powerless Dillion was returned home with a new opportunity to live a normal, less pushed around life.
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Former Idol and Former Attempted Victim
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Situational Enemy and Attempted Victim
- Flint Marko/Sandman - Former Enemy and Former Attempted Victim
- Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus - Curer
- Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
- Gwen Stacy - Former Ally and (Killer in 2014)
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Attempted Victim
- Michelle Jones
- Ned Leeds
- Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange
Video Game Continuity
Max first appeared when he was taken hostage by the Shocker's Men until Spider-Man rescued him and says that Max is his eyes and ears and he helps Spider-Man stop the Shocker and his men along with the Russian Gang.
After the gang war incident in Oscorp between Russians and Shocker’s Gangs, Max’s project is stolen, and began to complain to Menken about his stolen works he worked so hard. At some point, Max ended up having an accident that transformed him into Electro. Upon realizing his new lust for his newfound power, Max also realize that Spider-Man and the police will apprehended him, and Max chooses the path of villainy while avoid being arrested. Suddenly he somehow being captured by Kingpin’s Task Force and “Menken” (Chameleon in disguise) and sent to Ravencroft to be experimented for Kingpin’s use. By the time after the Carnage Killer known as Cletus Kasady has been arrested, Max have a point that Kasady’s psychotic kind deserved to be imprisoned in Ravencroft, not for imprisoned tragic victims as Max (other being Dr. Curt Connors).
At some point during Spider-Man’s raid on Task Force hideout to expose Kingpin’s crime, Electro escaped from his prison and taking away all city’s electrical supplies centered in Time Square, foiling Spider-Man’s raid from almost taking Kingpin’s crime evidences and forced the web-head went off to the city to stop Electro’s rampage. Electro blames Spider-Man for not being there to save him, since they were "partners", in which Spider-Man did mean it for real, and thus attacks him. Spider-Man manages to defeat Electro, whose body explodes, thus presumably killing him. The power returns to New York, but Spidey feels sorry for Dillon, since he was only a victim, and realises that Ravencroft must be doing similar experiments on all of their patients, so its time for him to stop them.
- “I can feel it in the walls. I can feel it in my veins. No matter what you do Doc you can't contain it. Its a force of nature... like me.”
- Electrostatic Generation: Electro possesses the ability to bodily generate electrostatic energy which he can release or harness for a number of effects. He is powered by the micro-fine rhythmic muscle contractions that normally regulate body temperature. His body can generate electricity at a rate of about 10,000 volts per minute, up to his maximum storage capacity of 10,000,000 volts. At that point, his body automatically stops producing electricity. As he expends his electrostatic energy, his body automatically begins to recharge the stores. Electro can mentally control the amount of electricity he discharges, anywhere from a single volt to his full 10,000,000 volt charge at once. At ten to thirty feet, his maximum charge is more than enough to kill a man. Electro can also use his body as a transformer, touching an outside power source (such as a generator) and channeling it through his body for use. The amount of electricity he can transform above his body's maximum storage capacity is unknown.
- Lighting Bolt Projection: The simplest manifestation is the emission of a lightning bolt with a electric arc from his fingertips, which can propagate through air or other conducting mediums. This discharge, whose total voltage can be regulated within certain limits, travels at the speed of lightning, about 150,000 feet per second. The course of the electrostatic bolt, like lightning, does not always follow a straight line since it may be influenced by conducting substances like metal or other electrical fields. If his target is not grounded, his electrostatic bolt will have little effect. The maximum effective range of his bolts is about 100 feet.
- Electromagnetic Propulsion: Electro can propel himself along the accompanying magnetic lines of force in objects that have great electrical potential, such as high-tension electrical lines. He generates light, eddying electrical fields around his legs, which develops an intense, opposing magnetic field that can support him above the electric cable's magnetic field. By creating imbalances in his field, he can ride along on magnetic ripples at speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, the maximum speed at which he can still breathe unaided. He can sometimes create electrostatic bridges to traverse upon, although the expenditure of energy is enormous. To a limited degree, he can also mimic Spider-Man's wall-crawling ability, using his electromagnetic field to become attracted to the fields of iron bars in buildings.
- Electrical Detection: Electro's electrical powers also grant him certain sensory and manipulative abilities. By "feeling" the course of electricity through the circuitry of any electrically-powered device, Electro can override the system and make the device obey his mental commands. Electro can disconnect alarm systems, control computers in a limited way, or overload any electrically controlled system that is insufficiently shielded.
- Electrocution: The electric flux of Electro's skin is such that when his electric charge is at a maximum, a person touching him is in danger of being electrocuted.
- Electrical Conversion into Enhanced Physical Attributions: The electricity coursing through his altered body augments his strength, speed, and recuperative powers.
- Enhanced Endurance & Stamina: He have shown that he can take attacks from Spider-Man and extreme force from impacts to hard surfaces with no affect to himself. He was able to get up to keep fighting Spider-Man for a long period of time.
- Electricity Immunity : Electro's body is immune to the effects of its electricity and that of other sources as well. Hence, Electro cannot be electrocuted no matter how great the voltage.
- Electrical Absorption: By absorbing an external electrical power source to recharge his body's energy reserves, he could expend electrical energy indefinitely without diminishing his personal reserves.
- Charging: Electro can charge himself up to reach high maximum voltage. Here he can grow in height to an enormous humanoid looking creature made up of nothing but electricity.
Behind the Scenes
- In a 2012 Twitter post, Jamie Foxx teased that he "dressed up as Electro for Halloween" and that the "costume fit well".
- Foxx also stated that the costume for the movie would not be green and yellow, like it is in mainstream comics. Instead, it would have been a sleek black, similar to the "Ultimate Marvel" comics.
- After being chosen for the role, Foxx stated to Entertainment Tonight that he likes Electro as a character and was excited to play him.
- In an interview, Foxx states that Max is 42 years old.
- His appearance is based off of his Ultimate Marvel Incarnation.
- Electro, Rhino and Felicia Hardy are the only villains that don't know Spider-Man's secret identity.
- Electro seemingly disappears in to nothing near the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Whether he truly died or not is unknown. However, actor Jamie Foxx, when asked on the topic, replied that "electricity can't die", fueling the idea that Electro may make a return. It was later revealed in Spider-Man: No Way Home what became of Electro. He indeed did die as Max states “I was about to die”. Right before he died however, he was transported into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- In the scene where Harry enters inside Ravencroft Institute, it's most likely that he actually got Electro's suit from one of the two men that were wearing black leather suits with lightning bolts on the side.
- On October 2, 2020, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Jamie Foxx would be reprising the role of Electro in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: No Way Home.
- To date, Electro and The Rhino are the only villains in any of the Spider-Man movies, to not discover Spider-Man’s Secret identity. Until Rhino is the only one left who have not aware Spider-Man's secret identity, by the time of No Way Home.
- Jamie Foxx Set To Join “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ - The Urban Daily
- @iamjamiefoxx - Twitter