|C'mere...I'll tell you why...|
I always had a soft spot for this goofball. I remember watching the old Spider-Man cartoons, and there goes this cackling figure skiing on power lines, and thinking that was pretty boss.
But then you get a little older, and you think: Wow, what a crappy costume. Jeez, that mask is ridiculous. Most of Spidey's other villians, they were mostly scientists or richer than Croesus. Max Dillon worked for ConEd. He was blue collar. His crimes were mostly robberies, no great schemes of revenge or murder. Of all the Sinister Six, he was the one that had no real place there.
Even his rep screamed loser. He was defeated by Daredevil, Yellowjacket, the Falcon, and Power Pack. His weakness is water, and he falls for it harder than Mxyzptlk says his name backwards.
But then I remember...he once was approached by Magneto to be an ally. The Sinister Six keep inviting him back. He is a walking dynamo of incredible power. Heck, the Skrulls hired him to instigate a prison riot and breakout. Remember Nate Grey, X-Man? No? That's because Electro short circuited his brain.
|And then came "The Gauntlet".|
When his powers started going out of control, he became scarred by them. Despite his electrical power, he had no personal power. Finally realizing this, he became a spokesman for the 99% in the wake of the financial crisis and crippled the New York Stock exchange. This actually goes back to his original background, when he was stealing from Tony Stark to boost his own power.
He is also strangely loyal to a small circle. Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, is his best friend. When he has a girlfriend (yes, it's been shown a few times) he is attentive and charming (though, a little crass). He's loyal to Doctor Octopus because he always has a helpful science tip on how to use his powers more creatively.
So, the soft spot has returned. I still think the goofball is pretty cool. So does the Spidey-Movie people; they just signed Jamie "Django Unchained" Foxx to play him in the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man".
So, let's see what you, and the goofball, have got. Thrill me. Surprise me.