Though the year 2020 has been a huge disappointment for Marvel fans, the future of Phase Four looks bright. With WandaVision confirmed to release this January, the upcoming year holds a lot of expectations in terms of both TV shows and movies. From Black Widow to Eternals, the slate looks quite promising. But for what it’s worth, the news of a live-action Spider-Verse coming to the MCU has kept the fans on their edge. With Spider-Man 3 confirmed to begin shooting, a brand new rumor of Doctor Octopus returning has been circulating on the internet that is surprisingly coherent with a live-action Spider-Verse movie.
Earlier this year, Jamie Foxx confirmed that he would be returning as Electro in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3. We, at Fandomwire, had also confirmed that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are planning for a Spider-Verse movie with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their roles from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and the Amazing Spider-Man series. Our exclusive also confirmed a few villains from Spider-Man’s famous rogue gallery for the upcoming movie. And now, another famous antagonist is rumored to join the ensemble.
According to Geeks Worldwide, the fan-favorite Alfred Molina will be reprising his role as Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus from the critically acclaimed Spider-Man 2. Considered to be one of the greatest superhero movies ever made, Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus set a benchmark for comic-book villains on the big screen with his portrayal of Doctor Octopus.
Though it is yet to be confirmed, Geeks Worldwide has reported that Molina was spotted at the sets of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3 to shoot a few scenes. While the veracity of this report is dubious, Alfred Molina returning as Doctor Octopus is not totally unbelievable as Jamie Foxx’s Electro from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is also confirmed to make an appearance in the movie.
What Does This Mean?
As it is confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme himself is set to appear in Spider-Man 3, the return of the fan-favorite Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is exciting news. However, Alfred Molina might not exactly be the same Otto Octavius from Spider-Man 2.
Despite confirming his return, Jamie Foxx also stated that his Electro won’t be blue, unlike his portrayal in the Amazing Spider-Man 2. This also means that Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus can also take a different form, considering the fact that his character sacrificed himself in the massive explosion at the end of Spider-Man 2.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige had also earlier confirmed that he has planned new iterations of some classic Spider-Man villains for the upcoming movies. Though Molina reprising his role as Doctor Octopus would be a treat for the fans of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, he can also be cast as an entirely new character too. After the critical success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a female Doc-Ock might also be on the cards. But, if Molina does reprise his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 3, it surely opens up a path for a live-action Sinister Six appearance. With Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Michael Mando’s Scorpion, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio already a part of the MCU, Molina’s Doctor Octopus can lead the way to recruit Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. If this rumor is true, there might still be a way to get back Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin in the future.
Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to release on 17th December, 2021.