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Name: Maxwell Dillon
Alias(es): Electro
Affiliation: Harry Osborn/Green Goblin
Oscorp (formerly)
Sinister Six
Rank: Villain
Mother: Mrs. Dillon
Portrayed by: Jamie Foxx
First appeared: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Last appeared: Spider-Man: No Way Home (unreleased)
Appears in: 2 Films
"So, everyone in the 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 Dr. Kafka[src]

Electro (Maxwell Dillon) is the main antagonist of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He is a fictional super villain character that appears in the Marvel Comics. He was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1964. He was portrayed in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by Jamie Foxx. Foxx is also set to return as Electro in Spider-Man: No Way Home.


"I wish I was like him, the Amazing Spider-Man!"
―Max before becoming evil[src]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Maxwell Dillon lived a very lonely and unfulfilling life. One day while in the Manhattan area of New York City he, by chance, meets Spider-Man. The hero told him, "You're my guy. You're my ears and eyes on the street." Dillon couldn't believe that such a well known personality had graced him with such kind and encouraging words.

Dillon took the words perhaps a bit too literally and began to see himself as some sort of de-facto accomplice or sidekick to Spider-Man. He goes into a state of obsessively idolizing Spider-Man and making attempts to try and "help" the hero in any way he could.

After his birthday was forgotten by everyone, Max is repairing some electric cables in a shaft and he gets zapped, sending him falling into a vat below, filled with electric eels. The wires he was working on fall inside too. He subsequently emerges walking through smoke, with the outer char breaking off his skin. The mixture of electricity and chemicals causes Max's skin to become blue, and electricity to flow beneath it after a small stage of metamorphosis. He gains the power to manipulate electricity and then proceeds to seek vengeance on the society that shunned him.

He staggered through Manhattan with his new powers an enigma to him and made his way to the strongest electricity source; Time Square. There, he hooks himself up to a power cable and absorbs energy. A police officer approaches him and Electro takes this as a threat. He attacks the policeman before Spider-Man arrives. Electro sees his image all over the screens of the square and is awestruck the he is now seen as somebody. However he is soon disappointed and angered that Spider-Man couldn't remember his name and, when pushed far enough, becomes hostile.

Electro uses the absorbed power against Spider-Man, the police and onlookers. His electrical attacks destroyed one of Spider-Man's web shooters resulting in a much harder fight for the web crawler. Eventually Spider-Man subdues him and Electro is taken away.

His existence was covered up as much as possible by Donald Menken and he was put into the Ravencroft Institute and was tested upon by Dr. Ashley Kafka. After his stay in Ravencroft, Electro was visited by a desperate Harry Osborn. Osborn proposed a teaming and, after determining that Harry needed him, Electro helps Harry infiltrate Oscorp Tower in exchange for being able to use Oscorp's main power grid.

Electro sucks up virtually all the power in New York, prompting Spider-Man to venture to the grid to confront him. Before leaving, Gwen Stacy shows Spider-Man a way to magnetize his Web shooters so he can better engage Electro. In the ensuing fight Electro gets the upper hand and was about to finish Spider-Man off when he was hit by a police car driven by Gwen.

While Spider-Man drew Electro's attention, Gwen reached the grid overload station to try and use Electro's own power against him. Spider-Man connected some web string between the power cables and Electro used some lightning bolts on him. As he did so Gwen used the override switch causing a massive overload in power which reflected against Electro, causing him to explode.



  • In a Twitter post, Jamie Foxx teased that he "dressed up as Electro for Halloween" and that the "costume fit well".[1]
    • Foxx also stated that his costume 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.[2]
  • Electro is one of the very few characters to be portrayed by the same actor in a different franchise, Jamie Foxx will reprise the role of Electro in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
  • To date, Electro and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) are the only villains in any of the Spider-Man movies, to not discover Spider-Man’s Secret identity.


Webb Film Series
Films: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Gwen Stacy | Harry Osborn | Mary Jane Watson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Flash Thompson | Norman Osborn | Ashley Kafka | Rajit Ratha | Donald Menken | Felicia Hardy | Alistair Smythe | Richard Parker | Mary Parker | Kari
Enemies: The Lizard | Electro | The Green Goblin | Rhino | The Black Cat | Ultimate Goblin | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Industries | Oscorp Tower | Midtown Science High School | Beloit Psychiatric Hospital | Ravencroft Institute
Video Games: The Amazing Spider-Man | The Amazing Spider-Man 2