Andrew Garfield in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'Columbia - Sony Pictures/AP

A long time ago, San Diego Comic-Con was just a huge convention where dedicated nerds from all walks of life would gather to geek out over comic books, genre movies, and video games. In the years since, it has grown into a corporate goliath -- an opportunity for major studios and publishers to market their product directly to an audience that is predisposed to going gaga and drum up extreme interest in the process. It's a pretty genius, if slightly uneasy, delivery system. And Comic-Con is no longer just for the fringes; it's way mainstream.

Further evidence of this is the fact that Entertainment Weekly does a yearly cover story on the Con. This year's cover is doubly exciting because it features the debut of Electro (Jamie Foxx), the electric-blue bad guy from next summer's hotly anticipated sequel "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

The cover depicts a very literal face-off between our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and the villainous Electro, who in the comic books is Maxwell Dillon, an electrical engineer who garners electrical powers after trying to steal energy from Stark Industries (yes, seriously!). The story line for the cinematic incarnation will probably be different, both because his comic book origins are pretty silly and because, in the fractured Marvel universe, Spider-Man and Tony Stark can't interact. Sad trombone.

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Comic-Con CoverEntertainment Weekly

There's one more photo of Foxx, whose head is niftily transparent, on the inside of the magazine. That photo features a small electrical square on his head, which suggests Electro might be able to control his powers, or is perhaps under the control of another baddie...

The supersized sequel, which features returning cast members Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field, will also star Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti as the villainous Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn (unclear if he dons the Green Goblin mantle this time out), Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, and Sarah Gadon. It will be out on May 2, 2014. In 3D, no less.

[via EW h/t Screen Rant]

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