Alfred Molina, who has had quite a career as an actor over the years, is still well-known for his role as Otto Octavius/ Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise. The actor was last seen on the screen reprising his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where his character gets a chance for redemption when Tom Holland’s Peter Parker fixes his inhibitor chip, allowing him to regain control of his mind.
When addressed his potential return as Doc-Ock in an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor hinted that it may not be the end for his role in the Marvel Universe.
Doctor Octopus star hints at a return for his character
Alfred Molina, who played the role of Doctor Octopus in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, reprised his role in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. The actor was joined by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and some other actors who previously appeared in Spider-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man franchises.
It was very much the news that characters from other Spider-Man franchises will be a part of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the first name to be confirmed was Molina’s. Doc-Ock’s character, which turned evil due to a lab accident, was restored to its original mind by Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with an aim to redeem every one of his nemesis.
However, talking about reprising his role once again in an interview, the Three Pines actor’s answer ignites little hope in the fans.
“I can neither confirm nor deny,” Molina said.
Discussing how he got involved with the role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Molina mentioned how he believed he was done with the part after his character’s death in Spider-Man 2.
“No, it wasn’t that really… My first question was, ‘How are you going to bring me back? I mean, I died! He died.’ And then I remembered a conversation I had with Avi Arad, who at the time was running Marvel, and he was overseeing the production with Sam Raimi. And I remember saying to Avi at the time, ‘Well I guess once we’ve shot this scene, I guess your option on me is null and void.’ ’Cause, they’d signed me up for two movies and I thought, ‘I’ve died, there’s no way I’m going to be in the second one.’ And he said, and I’ll never forget it, he said, ‘Nobody dies in this universe.’”
Alfred Molina’s answer, while indefinite, was still a beacon of hope for Marvel fans hoping to see him return on the screen as his character.
Did Alfred Molina spoil Spider-Man: No Way Home
Alfred Molina’s return to the screen as Doc-Ock in Spider-Man: No Way Home was no less than chaotic when the actor accidentally revealed a bit of a spoiler to a reporter, which led to headlines the very next day.
In an interview that discussed the actor’s return as Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina mentioned he wouldn’t give out many details as a slip-up by him cost him previously.
“I can neither confirm nor deny. That’s the official line. I got into a bit of trouble over the last iteration because I happened to let the cat out of the bag quite innocently. Just accidentally, I was talking to a journalist who said, ‘So, you know, how’s the Spider-Man movie going?’ And I went, ‘Oh, great thanks’. Then literally the next day, Variety was like, ‘Alfred Molina reveals Doc Ock returns.'” Molina said.
The actor also revealed the consequences of his accidental spoiler, which even resulted in Kevin Fiege commenting on it.
“I got into such trouble. I was getting phone calls from Amy Pascal, Kevin Feige was on the red carpet somewhere and somebody asked him about some Marvel movie and apparently he got a bit snippy and turned around and said, ‘Ask Alfred Molina’. So I got into a little bit of hot water. So that’s the official line – I can neither confirm nor deny.”
However, Molina was later included in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, which also fueled the fans’ undying excitement.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is available for streaming on Hulu.
Source: Vanity Fair