Spider-Man: No Way Home was released in December 2021 to a very enthusiastic reception, and it is likely to dominate the box office for many weeks.
In addition to entertaining fans, the movie also left many people curious about some of the things they saw in the film, such as Electro's powers.
The issue was discussed by Spider-Man: No Way Home effects supervisor Chris Waegner. Generally, the film introduced a lot of old villains, including Electro (Jamie Foxx).
The movie also brought back two previous Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Real name Max Dillon, Electro, was previously an Oscorp electrical engineer before becoming a villain. In Amazing Spider-Man 2, a tragic accident turned Electro blue and gave him electric powers.
During the incident, genetically modified electric eels were involved. Nevertheless, in No Way Home, Electro has lost his characteristic blue color and seems less electrical than he was in Spider-Man 2.
In the recent Spider-Man film, he used an arc reactor to power himself up. Curiously, Electro also releases yellow lightning, which is more familiar to those who know about his character from the comic books.
Chris Waegner explained some of these changes in Electro's character.
As it turns out, the team wanted to make him more dynamic in No Way Home. They wanted his power to be a threat to the heroes simply by his proximity to them.
They also designed his electrical effects to be more disorientating for the heroes, which is why he had more violent electrical effects with "moments of pure energy" and "staccato" in the new film.
Electro always had an electrical storm in the air around him, sort of being close to a huge Tesla coil. That is why his presence alone was a threat.
The team went as far as going back to the comic books to ensure they incorporated some of those elements into his new look. In the end, they went for an updated stylized look that was both beautiful and menacing.
These updates allowed the character to grow as well. Electro was suffering from isolation and insecurity, and getting rid of his blue skin while enhancing his powers humanized him without undermining his abilities as a villain.
That is why he still has the courage to go against Spider-Man despite having a more natural look.
In No Way Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) had to face the multiverse with the help of other MCU characters, including Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Introducing two more Spider-Men obviously made things a little complicated for Sony and Marvel, and they risked diluting Spider-Man's admiration. Fortunately, they still managed to honor Peter Parker's legacy even while introducing new characters like Electro.