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Spider-man Electro: everything you need to know- backstory, origin

Max Dillon or Electro first appeared in amazing spider-man issue 9 in 1964 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Although we had gotten a bit of a back story of Electro in issue 9, we actually got a more in-depth issue in number 422 by Tom Defalco. Although this origin was a bit different than the original origin from spider man numbers 9 and 64 it still stayed true to them.

This one offered more into the life and times of Maxwell Dillion and why he ended up becoming the person he was.  

What this told us was that at a previous point in time his father was very abusive towards his mother, he eventually abandoned the family and left with some sort of survivor’s guilt in regards to his mother.

She saw herself as a failure because she couldn’t keep her husband, and at the same time, she was very protective of Maxwell, so much that she kept him from getting out there and experiencing the world.

When he grew older and started considering college, his mother shot him down and told him he wasn’t ready for that type of environment and that he didn’t have the right intellect to make it out there. She did everything she could to keep him at home.

She eventually ended up dying three weeks before his 25th birthday and from his perspective, she was right, as he latched on to the first person he met, who in this case, was a girl named Norma Lynn, who he married six months after.

This was mainly circumstantial as they both worked for the same electrical company and had a little bit of chemistry. She ended up leaving him as from her perspective he had no real drive or ambition because he was an electrical lineman and had no desire to move beyond his station, and because of this Norma related to the fact that we would have no drive to improve the relationship either.

This constant loss in Dillon’s life as well as being ill-equipped to function in the world turned him into a very harsh person that wouldn’t do anything for anyone when there was no gain from it.

He had an extreme change. When he was looking for a promotion, he started working towards it a lot. During his job, one of his linemen got stuck and asked for Max for help, but knowing how Max is now, he offered to help the lineman only if he got a promotion of money to help him out.

During this time a huge thunderstorm was also brewing up and ultimately ended up striking the stuck lineman to death, and because Dillon was in close proximity to some of the electrical wires, he was shocked instead of killed and turned into Electro.

Therefore, given his harsh personality and the stuff in his life he had been through, without doubt, made him a villain here, using his powers for his own personal goals and gains.

His powers were weak at first, so he spent his time stealing the electrical equipment from Stark Industries to charge himself up.

During this time Magneto also approached him, asking him to be part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants because he resonated with Electro as he thought their powers were similar. Electro refused. The following day he was met up against a small-time thug who he had been borrowing money from in order to get the machinery he needed from the Stark Industries, when the thug pointed a gun at him for not paying up in time, Dillon blasted a bolt of lightning through his chest, which was the first-time electro had killed someone.

Naturally, he met with Spider-man and what makes Electro different from the other villains is that the power he possessed was not showcased to us in full-scale and now in fact he has future upgrades.

Peter Parker’s fight with Electro really showed how much Stan Lee loved showing his readers that power is not all that makes a superhero. Because Peter could not directly fight electro with his hands as it shocked him every time he did so, he used his brains and fought him with a combination of rubber-gloved and shoes which were resistant to electricity.

Electro also fought with Daredevil but lost that fight too. He then ended up joining the original Sinister Six (consisting of Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, the vulture, and now Electro) which was led by Doctor Octopus. And under the mind control machine of Doctor Doom, he attacked the fantastic four at the wedding of Sue Storm and Reed Richards, but due to the machine, he had no memory of it.

Dillon devised a comprehensive plan to manage New York City’s power supply in an attempt to gain the acclaim and recognition that had eluded him so often. However, he was vanquished once more by Spider-Man and persuaded to give up his criminal career…at least for the time being. He reappeared as a member of the Sinister Six’s next incarnation, with Hobgoblin taking the place of the murdered Kraven the Hunter. Doctor Octopus betrayed the gang, and it was disbanded as a result.

Electro was also a member of Mysterio’s Sinister Seven, which was formed to battle Kaine, Spider-homicidal Man’s clone. However, Kaine vanished, and the gang was disbanded because there was no longer a need to keep it together, and Dillon returned to his self-imposed exile.

The Rose persuaded Dillon to come out of retirement by offering him the chance to participate in an experimental operation that would dramatically increase his powers in exchange for his services as an underworld enforcer. Dillon accepted, seeing an opportunity to overcome his previous shortcomings. Dillon returned to his original plan of taking over the New York City power supply after undergoing the surgery and deploying numerous members of the True Believers, a branch of the Hand, at the request of the Rose. After being defeated by Spider-Man, who was wearing an insulated suit, Dillon became enraged and hurled himself into the Hudson River, killing himself.

Dillon, on the other hand, survived, reappearing as a member of the Sinister Six’s later incarnations, each of which was either vanquished or disbanded due to internal disagreements. The Sinister Twelve, the most current incarnation, was recruited by the Green Goblin as part of a wider plan to allow him to escape prison and destroy Spider-Man. They have vanquished thanks to Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Yellowjacket, and the Fantastic Four working together.

Dillon, on the other hand, survived, reappearing as a member of the Sinister Six’s later incarnations, each of which was either vanquished or disbanded due to internal disagreements. The Sinister Twelve, the most current incarnation, was recruited by the Green Goblin as part of a wider plan to allow him to escape prison and destroy Spider-Man. They have vanquished thanks to Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Yellowjacket, and the Fantastic Four working together.

Dillon attempted to flee with his lover, a waitress in Boston but was apprehended by the new Avengers, the team he unwittingly helped to form.

Electro is said to return in Spider-man: No way Home (2021)

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