The Spider-Verse is Becoming A Tangled Web … No Pun Intended
Jamie Foxx is in talks to reprise his role as Electro in upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie starring Tom Holland. However, Foxx’s character will need to jump cinematic universes as he previously portrayed the villain in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Fans everywhere are baffled as to how Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures will handle the confusing situation. Electro was one of the main villains in Andrew Garfield‘s Amazing Spider-Man 2, which isn’t part of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That said, the MCU’s Spider-Man is already known to bring back characters played by the same actors in previous films!
Fans of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home (read our review) will recall the shocking final scene where where we’re shown J.K. Simmons returning as John J. Jameson, head of The Daily Bugle!
Simmons portrayed Jameson in all three of the original Spider-Man flicks with Tobey McGuire, and was absent from both of the Andrew Garfield films, which is why fans were shocked to see him return in the MCU!
BUT … although he’s returning as the same character, there’s something different about him.
In the short final scene, Jameson releases footage on his ‘controversial news website’ seemingly showing Spider-Man murder Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio. It seems the MCU is giving Jonah J. Jameson the Alex Jones (look it up) treatment! That’s a fun twist …
How Will Electro Make His Way to the MCU?
As fun as that is, it doesn’t explain how writers plan on having Electro make the leap from one cinematic universe to another.
Far From Home teased fans by leading them to believe Mysterio’s sudden appearance in the MCU was a result of Thanos‘ snap in Infinity War — but his story proved to be false.
However, the mere existence of the Infinity Stones in the MCU can prove to be all the explanation we need.
In Avengers: Endgame, The Ancient One briefly explains to Dr Banner how new realities are created.
We now know the MCU lives in a multiverse where countless realities are a thing. In fact, the upcoming Disney+ show Wandavision, which involves Scarlett Witch and Vision, appears to take place in one of those realities. Not to mention the upcoming Dr. Strange sequel, Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Interestingly, DC seems to be taking a similar route with the upcoming Flashpoint movie. There are rumors the film will ‘undo’ the established events of the film by focusing on their multiverses. As crazy as it sounds, it just might work!
Ignore the fact we theorized something like this would happen long before Avengers: Infinity War came out.
For all we know, Jamie Foxx’s Electro has been in the MCU this entire time but may have a different origin story. With J.K. Simmons returning as Jonah Jameson and the multiverse confirmed, we now know anything is possible!
What are your theories on the future of the MCU?