One of the best parts of 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” the second installment of the original Sony Pictures Marvel movie trilogy directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, would be its big bad. Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, was a particularly formidable nemesis for the Friendly Neighborhood superhero, made all the better by his being portrayed by actor Alfred Molina. As more info has been gradually shared about “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the third MCU-connected “Spider-Man” film, it was announced that one villain for it is Doc Ock, and that he will be played by Molina again. While taken as gospel, there was no official confirmation until Molina did so.

Comic Book Resources tells us that there is now definitive confirmation that upcoming MCU film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” will indeed have notable Spidey nemesis Doctor Octopus as one of the bad guys, and that Alfred Molina is reprising the role from the Raimi-Maguire trilogy. This was confirmed by the actor himself, explaining why he said nothing at first and then why he finally came to the open with it. It was the simple reason of being told to keep quiet by the studio, then deciding to break the news since the public is already sure it was already set.

Molina, who has also been in “The Da Vinci Code” (2006), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (2018) and “Frozen II” (2019), remarked that the production ordered complete secrecy on the casting while “No Way Home” was still being filmed. “But, you know, it’s all over the internet,” he says. “I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!” Regarding his return to the character after 17 years, the British actor described it as wonderful and interesting, considering he is now significantly older, as well as in less shape.

On interesting tidbit that Alfred Molina shared was that his narrative as Otto/Doctor Octopus was going to carry on from Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2,” which ended with his apparent death in a heroic sacrifice. In addition, he might also be the recipient of some good old MCU digital de-aging as was done with so many of the characters and their respective actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Downey Jr., Kurt Russell, Clark Gregg and more. His cryptic info on the character seems to somehow tie in to the multi-verse theory that will be prominent in the MCU Phase 4.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei, with appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and allegedly Charlie Cox reprising as Daredevil from the Marvel-Netflix series. Directed by Jon Watts, it premieres December 17.

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