The return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home’s mid-credits scene didn’t only surprise fans; it also implied that Sony was attempting to tie its current and previous Spider-Man films together. Based on today’s casting news, that definitely seems to be the plan.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jamie Foxx, who played Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is reprising his role as the shocking villain for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ next installment. While there’s a possibility that this may be another version of Electro (if you’ll remember, he blew up at the end of the 2014 film), Foxx will definitely be going up against Tom Holland’s Spidey in some shape or form.
“Foxx played Electro in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred [Andrew] Garfield as Spider-Man,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote. “The film failed to impress critics and underperformed at the box office with $708.9 million globally. Those muted box-office returns — along with the 2014 Sony hack — paved the way for Sony to do the unthinkable and strike a deal with Marvel Studios to share the character, leading to Holland starring as the webslinger in the Avengers movies and Marvel talent such as Robert Downey Jr. appearing in Sony’s solo Spider-Man films.”
This decision paves the way for something that a lot of Sam Raimi fans have been begging for: the return of Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Sony had already dabbled with the multi-verse concept in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so a live-action feature that mixes Holland, Macguire, and Garfield’s portrayals seems plausible.
Could Tobey Macguire and Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson, show up in Spider-Man 3’s end-credits scene?