It is now official thanks to its interpreter Alfred Molina: Doctor Octopus will be well in the next “Spider-Man”. And his story will follow directly on that told by Sam Raimi in 2004.
“I consider myself the worst person when it comes to keeping a secret”, affirms Alfred Molina in an interview given to Variety. And for good reason: the actor has confirmed that he will resume his role as Doctor Octopus in the next Spider-Man, No Way Home, with some indications to the key.
“When we were making the movie, we were ordered not to talk about it because it was supposed to be a huge secret. But hey, it’s all over the internet.”, specifies the actor, back in the Spider-Man universe after a more than successful first outing in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, released in 2004. And he will play precisely the same version of the character, which is not without raising some questions, since this one would die.
“In this universe, no one really dies”, would then have answered him the director Jon Watts, which is moreover one of the criticisms most frequently addressed to the MCU. Which should indeed turn into a multiverse bringing together the various adaptations of Marvel comic books: the rumor has been running for a long time, and the rumors of the hallway more or less denied around this No Way Home suggested that it would be official thanks to this expected film on December 15 in our theaters.
Insofar as Alfred Molina confirms today that he will not play a new version of Octopus but that of the saga carried by Tobey Maguire between 2002 and 2007, things seem to be taking shape a little more. This certainly does not answer all the questions one can ask about the feature film. But the actor nevertheless added an additional detail. Technological.
This July, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 will turn 17. If No Way Home wants to pick up where it left off, it wouldn’t take long to notice that Alfred Molina has aged, as the main interested party pointed out to his director: “He looked at me and said ‘Did you see what we did to Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson?'”, in reference to their respective digital rejuvenations in Civil War and Captain Marvel.
So it will be the same for Alfred Molina, who however wanted it not to do like Robert De Niro in The Irishman: “They have rejuvenated [son] face, but when he fought, he looked like an old man (…) That’s what worried me about replaying this character. Because I no longer have the same physicality as 17 years ago. It’s a fact (…) Then I remembered that the tentacles do all the work (…) I just have to do [un regard menaçant vers la caméra] while the mechanical arms are busy killing and destroying. “
Doctor Octopus will therefore be back on the big screen on December 15, undoubtedly accompanied by Jamie Foxx who is resuming his role of Electro and had suggested that his outfit would be different, in a quickly deleted Instagram post. But a double-unknown of size remains: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will they also be present, to support Tom Holland?
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