WARNING: Potential SPOILERS for the upcoming Spider-Man film.
Late last year it was reported that Alfred Molina would be reprising his role as Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2 (2004) in this year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. Well, unless Molina is pulling everyone’s leg (tentacles?), the actor is confirming his appearance in No Way Home, and a bit more.
Molina seems unafraid of the wrath of Kevin Feige, as he confirms his involvement:
“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!”
Not only that, the actor went on to talk about his experience doing the upcoming movie, and it sounds like it is a continuation of the 2004 film:
“When the actor asked Jon Watts, the director of “No Way Home,” how the movie would bring Doc Ock back — since, as he pointed out, “I died” — Molina said the director told him, “In this universe, no one really dies.””
Additionally, he goes into further detail saying that the new film will pick up on his character from “that moment” the character takes his dunk into the water at the climax of the previous film.
Molina also seems to indicate that they will be using the de-aging technology on him that Marvel has used on Robert Downey, Jr. (Captain America: Civil War) and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain Marvel). The actor did have worries about his physicality since it’s been 17 years, but:
“I then remembered that it’s the tentacles that do all the work!”
“He sat up straight in his seat. “My basic physical move as Doc Ock, as the actor, is just this,” he said as he glared intensely at the Zoom camera and made a menacing noise. “I just do that a lot, and the arms are doing all the killing and smashing and breaking. I’m just going —” he glared again — “with a kind of mean look on my face.””
Sounds like Molina enjoyed his time during the filming of the new film. We just hope it was worth sharing his exuberance after Feige, Marvel, and Sony catch up to him…
Spider-Man: No Way Home will find its way to theaters December 17, 2021.