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6 Reasons Electro Is Spider-Man’s Deadliest Foe But Gets Very Little Respect In Movies

No Way Home gave us Jamie Foxx’s Max Dillon aka Electro. Here’s why we think Electro deserves a much better shot in the MCU than what we got served.

Electro Is Literally Untouchable

No Way Home – Jamie Foxx

With the power to absorb so much electrical energy, Electro is a walking power grid. The energy flows through his entire body and the electrical currents he generates make him virtually pure energy. This makes Maxwell Dillon untouchable in the most literal aspect. Spider-Man’s most important weapon apart from his quick wit and sharp tongue is his superior strength. In his first battle with Dillon, Spider-Man did the fatal mistake of trying to touch him by landing a punch. The resulting electrocution almost killed him back then.

Maxwell Dillon Is A Dark Reflection Of Peter Parker

A Dark Version Of An Everyday Man

Peter Parker became so famous because he was just a common kid who had nothing extraordinary about him. When he got his powers, he still struggled with the ordeals of everyday life. Like Peter, Maxwell is not some ace scientist everyone knows or a tech billionaire. He is just an electrician specializing in power lines. In more ways than one, Electro is a darker reflection of Peter Parker had Spider-Man lost his way. There’s actually a story arc called Power To The People where he takes the fight to the elite 1 percent. It just goes on to show how relatable he is.

His Power Makes Him Dangerous Even Inside A Prison

Electro – TASM 2

Because of the unique abilities Electro has, no normal prison could ever hold him. So only special, custom designed prisons like those on Ryker’s Island could contain the guy. When Electro is imprisoned there, he shows a terrifying display of power. Taking control of all machines and the electric network throughout the prison facility, Electro opens up all the doors holding the rest of the villains. This leads to the acclaimed Breakout story arc, where the New Avengers team has to fight the escaping supervillain prisoners tooth and nail and stop them from being unleashed into the general public.

His Ambitions Make Him A Weapon Of Mass Destruction

A Walking WMD

Electro had tried on numerous occasions to tap into the national power grid. The first time he tried by harvesting the electricity of New York City, Spider-Man convinced him to retire. But Electro does return after a short while, putting the entire city under ransom. Imagine if Maxwell Dillon manages to gain access to the national grid. Since his powers make him a bottomless pit for electrical energy, he could become a weapon of mass destruction if he wanted to.

He Is A Master Of Magnetism

A Pretty Magnetic Personality

Electro has gained new powers in recent issues of Marvel Comics. He has also managed to gain access to controlling, generating, and manipulating magnetic fields. Apart from throwing bolts of electricity at his foes, Electro can also use the power of electromagnetism to hurl steel structures and throw cars at his foes. Magnetism has always been Magneto‘s forte. Who knows what else Maxwell will unlock in the coming days.

A Major Power Boost Post The Rebirth Storyline

Can Turn Into Pure Electricity

After Rebirth came The Gauntlet, where Electro gained a whole new power that has since become a staple of Spider-Man comics. Maxwell Dillon becomes a being of pure electricity, able to travel through electricity lines and reach any part of the city in mere seconds. He could travel at near light-speed back then. This ability did come at a cost though. Electro started losing control of his powers. But when he was super charged and could turn into pure lightning, Electro became a force of nature to be reckoned with.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.