Maxwell "Max" Dillion, aka Electro, is a supervillain originating from Marvel Comics and an enemy of Spider-Man. He appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home, played by Jamie Foxx, reprising his role from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Electro was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Powers and abilities
- Electrostatic Energy Generation: Electro was able to generate a lot of electrical energy through his body and uses it for offense and defense.
- Lighting Bolt Projection
- Electrical Detection
- Immunity to Electricity
- Electromagnetic Manipulation
Thanks to the electricity circulating through his body, his strength is augmented to the point where he can lift over 450 pounds.
When he is fully charged, Electro is extremely sensitive to anything that may "short circuit" him, such as water.
Maxwell Dillon is an Oscorp electrical engineer from an alternate universe, who idolized the Spider-Man of his reality. An insecure loser in general, Dillon begins to believe he is Spider-Man's best friend after a chance encounter with the superhero. Unfortunately, a horrific incident at work involving genetically-modified eels resulted in his body being transmuted into pure electricity, becoming Electro. He ends up facing Spider-Man out of envy, but would be ultimately defeated.
But before Electro could be killed, Spider-Man of this reality botches the casting of a spell executed by Doctor Strange meant to render his civilian identity a secret once more after it had been exposed by Mysterio. Since Electro was aware of Spider-Man's true identity, he was displaced to this reality, along with Oscorp co-worker Lizard. After being found by Spider-Man and Sandman of other alternate universes, Electro and Sandman were sent into the New York Sanctum, where he also encountered Doctor Octopus and Norman Osborn from Sandman's universe. Strange intended to send them all back to their home universes, which for Electro's case, would mean death. Seeking to save them all, Spider-Man exiled Strange and recruited their cooperation in an effort to rid them of their antagonistic ailments.
Although he sought a second chance at life, Electro was reluctant to allow himself to be cured of his powers, enticed with the advancements in the technology of this universe. While Doc Ock would be successfully cured, the Green Goblin took over Norman Osborn and convinced Electro to keep his powers, leading him to flee while the Goblin fought Spider-Man. Seeking to fight to remain in this universe, Electro would be lured to the Statue of Liberty later that night by Spider-Man, who were joined by the Spider-Men of other alternate universes. In the ensuing battle, Electro proved to be too powerful for the three heroes, but would then be defeated and cured by Doc Ock.
Following this, he reconciled with the Spider-Man of his reality. Doctor Strange launched a second spell to undo the effects of the botched spell, which also transported Electro and his Spider-Man back to his reality.
Before the events of the series, Electro previously fought Spider-Man several times. In his self-titled episode "Electro", Spider-Man manages to taser him against J. Jonah Jameson's large television screen, but Electro manages to disappear into the screen. Electro then appears in a hyper-electrified form and holds the city's electricity for ransom. Electro takes over Spider-Man's Spider-Cycle which takes the web-slinger's team straight into town. Spider-Man manages to anticipate where Electro is as Electro charges the tram Spider-Man's team is on towards its station. Spider-Man's team finds Electro in a part of town where he starts to turn some of the nearby electronic devices into weapons. Electro then attacks Spider-Man as he remembers that the large television screen had super-charged him. Electro then heads to the Federal Reserve as Spider-Man and Nova follow him. Electro then takes over Spider-Man's electrical web containers and fires at a building crane as a diversion so that he can get into the Federal Reserve. Spider-Man's team catches up to Electro in the vault as Spider-Man tells his team that they must act like a team to take down Electro. Spider-Man comes up with a plan that involves Electro heading to the satellite above the Daily Bugle which launched him into the orbiting satellites. After Batroc the Leaper is defeated, Spider-Man swings towards the large television screen that Electro is in. As Electro emerges from the screen, Spider-Man's team takes out the Electro clones that emerge from their electronics. Electro loses control and emerges from the screen in his normal form confused from the Electro clones that he has been controlling. Spider-Man then knocks out Electro.
In the episode "The Sinister Six", Electro returns in hyper-electrified form. He appears as a member of the Sinister Six alongside Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Kraven the Hunter, Beetle, and Lizard. During the fight at the Statue of Liberty between Spider-Man's team and the Sinister Six, Electro fights Iron Fist but was defeated by Nova when Spider-Man's teammates switched opponents. When most of the Sinister Six members were apprehended by S.H.I.E.L.D., Electro anchored down in his cell in which he is standing surrounded by water.
In the episode "Return of the Sinister Six", Electro is sprung from Ryker's Island and armored up with stolen OsCorp tech with the reassembled Sinister Six. Electro fights Spider-Man then Nova and assists the group's gang assault on Iron Patriot but is eventually defeated by Spider-Man. He escapes S.H.I.E.L.D. custody with the Green Goblin in the episode "New Warriors".
In the four-part "Spider-Verse" story arc, the Green Goblin traps Electro within the enchanted Siege Perilous ruby gem to collect the DNA of Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Spyder-Knight, and Miles Morales. At the end of the adventure, Spider-Man uses Electro to bring the other Spiders (dubbed Web-Warriors by Spider-Man) to help him defeat the mutated Green Goblin. Electro then takes control of the fallen Helicarrier that Green Goblin used as a hideout, transforming it into a giant robot and going on a rampage until he is stopped by the Web-Warriors.
In the show, Electro is one of the many bounty hunters who hunted the web head in order to claim the false prize money. Electro wanted to claim the bounty merely to complete her electric suite. Due to a freak accident Electro had gained electric based powers thanks to Spider-Man's power amplifier. Her powers were drained off and she was sent to prison though she still had her electrical abilities.
- Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man are Electro's sixth and seventh cartoon appearances. He previously appeared in classic 80s Spider-Man, 90s Spider-Man, Spider-Man Unlimited, The New Animated Series, and Spectacular Spider-Man.
- The cartoon references the looks of his 616 and Ultimate counterpart. As the 616 version wears green and yellow tights while ultimate is comprised of blue energy.
- Electro is voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Spider-Man in the 90s animated series.
- In Marvel's Spider-Man it is unknown if Electro is either Francine Frye or a female version of Max Dillon.
- Aside from his first scene, Electro isn't blue in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as he was in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He instead takes on his classic yellow and green appearance.