Ever wondered why the infamous Doctor Octopus was a female in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? The co-directors of the movie share their insights behind the gender transition for the role.
Female Doctor Ock – the scientist and villain next door
If there was ever a movie as enjoyably intriguing and confusing for its plot twists and surprises, it is hands down Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This movie is not your average two and a half minute MCU entertainer with tech-savvy superheroes and terrifying villains. It is a rather contemporary and snazzy movie that overwhelmed the audience.
When it comes to plot twists, the introduction of a female Doctor Ock is far from our imagination. And it also breaks the confines that we had with comics. This movie saw actress Kathryn Hahn playing the classy and nerdy Dr Olivia “Liv” Octavius, replacing Dr Otto Octavius.
But, it still doesn’t throw enough light to our question. Why was there gender change for Doctor Ock?
The Co-director’s say about preferring Kathyrn Hahn.
With the entire world quarantined because of the COVID-19, people have a lot of time to spare for movies. Recently, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse grew into a topic of discussion as a result of Comicbook’s #QuarantineWatchParty. The movie’s co-director Rodney Rothman shared his insights in Twitter about how Kathyrn Hahn became “the Doctor Ock.”
As acquaintances go, fellow co-director Bob Perschietti and Kathyrn Hahn became close ties through their children. Luckily though, it ended up with Kathyrn as Dr Olivia Octavius to make Miles Morales and Peter taste the dust.
The co-directors quote “she was a big Lebowski type dude” is winning giggles and reminds us of Jeff Bridges from Iron Man; Tony Stark’s confidante turned villain Obediah Stane.
Will Doctor Ock re-enter the Spiderverse?
The climax of the movie saw Doctor Ock rammed by a truck from the chaotic events of the particle collider. Since Marvel is known for giving life to dead characters, let’s hope she returns to seek revenge against the Spiders.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse 2 will hit the screens on October 7, 2022. Considering this date remains intact without any delays, the excitement is still alive and running.