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Alfred Molina Confirms He Will Be In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Seems To Confirm His Doc Ock Is From The Raimi Trilogy

April 17, 2021 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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There have been rumors that the third Spider-Man film in the MCU, No Way Home, will be a SpiderVerse movie. Last year, it was reported that Alfred Molina would be back to play Doctor Octopus in the film, with rumors that other Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would join Tom Holland in a multiverse tale. However, Marvel never confirmed the news or whether Molina would play the version of Doc Ock seen in Spider-Man 2 or not. In an interview with Variety, Molina not only confirmed his involvement but seemed to suggest that his character is from the Sam Raimi film, stating his story picks up after his apparent death. Here are highlights:

On being a part of the new Spider-Man movie: “When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret. But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”

On reprising a role 17 years later: “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.”

On being worried he’d be too old to play the part again: “[Director Jon Watts] just looked at me, and said, ‘Did you see what we did to Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson?’ They made Robert De Niro’s face younger [in The Irishman], 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!”