Back in December, reports emerged that Alfred Molina will reprise his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Neither Sony Pictures nor Marvel Studios officially confirmed Molina’s return. However, Molina is finally going on the record about his first appearance as Dr. Otto Octavius since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
In Variety‘s new interview with Molina, he related how he was approached by director Jon Watts. He also reminded Watts that Doctor Octopus drowned at the end of his previous appearance. According to Molina, Watts replied “In this universe, no one really dies.”
Molina added that No Way Home will pick up Doc Ock’s story right from “that moment” where he died.
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Additionally, Molina said that he voiced his concern that he can’t be as physical as he was in 2004. He’s also 67 years old now. Regardless, Watts was unconcerned.
“He just looked at me, and said, ‘Did you see what we did to Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson?'” added Molina. “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,” continued Molina. “I then remembered that it’s the tentacles that do all the work!”
Molina also expressed his relief to finally acknowledge his return.
“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,” said Molina. “But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”
Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17.
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