Boy, is it a big day here in Spider-Man Fandom. After years of longing to see some of the old villains show up in the new MCU Spider-Man Sony/Marvel collaboration, it seems that one of this is confirmed by multiple news outlets, but first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
Alfred Molina is putting back on the metal arms and will reprise his role as the villainous Doctor Octopus, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Molina turned in a fan-favorite performance in Sam Raimi’s 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2 as Otto Octavius, a brilliant scientist who becomes an eight-limbed villain who pushed Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man to the limits. Molina’s involvement in the upcoming Spider-Man movie was first was rumored late last month, when GWW reported the actor had been spotted on set
This is good news! Is he the same Doc Ock from the Rami films? Or is he the MCU version of Otto? Will this be a more traditional Otto, or something else? While Jamie Foxx indicated that he would like to be aboard, shooting down rumors he already was, it’s certainly the most interesting news cycle to hit.
Maybe Marvel can be giving us gifts of other former stars, like Thomas Haden Church, as Sandman. Or Willem DaFoe as Goblin, though that seems like he’s a bit underwater at DC for now. Still, this makes a lot of people happy.