Doc Ock Is Back As Alfred Molina Confirmed Role In Spider-Man: No Way Home
As the saying goes, mess with Doc Ock and get the, uh, arms? Last December, we told you that Alfred Molina would return as Doctor Octopus for Spider-Man 3. Now, not only do we know that the film is called Spider-Man: No Way Home, Alfred Molina himself confirmed his involvement in a new interview. The venerated actor spoke at length about his role in the Jon Watts film while talking about the Oscar-nominated film Promising Young Woman. Molina admitted he wasn’t supposed to talk about the role but seemed to think it was fair game since it was “all over the internet.”
He answered two big questions on fans’ minds about the return. It seems that this Doctor Octopus will be the one we saw in Spider-Man 2. Molina pointed out to Watts that his character, you know, died. However, Watts told him that no one ever dies in comic book stories. Alfred Molina confirmed that that when the Doc Ock we see in Spider-Man: No Way Home appears, he will have just experienced the events of Spider-Man 2. How they make that work will certainly be some sci-fi, multiverse magic.
Molina also said that they will use VFX de-aging technology to make him look closer to how he did in 2002. Still, he had some concerns about that particular bit of movie-magic, citing The Irishman.
As he said, via Variety.com:
“It was wonderful…. It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly a slightly dodgy lower back…. They made Robert De Niro’s face younger, but when he was fighting, he looked like an older guy…. He looked like an old guy! That’s what that’s what worried me about doing it again. I don’t have the same physicality that I had 17 years ago. That’s just a fact… I then remembered that it’s the tentacles that do all the work!”
Molina said that he was able to do a lot of glare-acting, trusting that the VFX department will handle the mayhem. Now that Alfred Molina confirmed he will appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, we can more safely assume that the other reported Spider-stars are involved as well. Jamie Foxx would reprise his role as Electro from the Marc Webb-directed Amazing Spider-Man films. There are also reports that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will return, along with Kristen Dunst. There are reports that Charlie Cox might be involved in the film, reprising his role as Matthew Murdock from Daredevil. (Though this is the one I remain most skeptical of.)
Still, all this will do is generate even more excitement amongst longtime Marvel movie fans for what may be the final Spider-Man film in Marvel Studios’ unique partnership with Sony.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will debut in theaters on December 17, 2021.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.