An unexpected and surprising spoiler popped on the fandom’s feed earlier and it hasn’t stopped the internet’s meltdown towards the big reveal regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home, which comes from the one and only Alfred Molina, confirming his appearance as Doctor Octavius in the upcoming threequel. And the details don’t stop there.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently trending on Twitter and many other platforms as the best spidey movie to have come their way. And it’s fair to say that fans are spitting truth since director Jon Watts also stated that, “In this universe, no one really dies”, explaining the return of Molina’s Otto Octavius.
“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,” Molina said with a laugh during an interview with Variety about his role in the Oscar-nominated “Promising Young Woman.” “But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”
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Molina seems to be an even bigger sucker at keeping spoilers at bay than Tom Holland as the actor went in detail about his experience in being a part of Spider-Man: No Way Home. “It was wonderful,” he said. “It was very interesting going back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in the intervening years, I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly a slightly dodgy lower back.”
The Spider-Man 2 actor was even intrigued at the start over how his antagonist would make a return as Doc Ock since the character, as he points out “I died”. but the director responded with, “In this universe, no one really dies.”
Molina was informed by director Watts in their past conversation that the upcoming movie will show Doc Ock right from “that moment” in the river – pointing to the climax scene from Spider-Man 2 when Octavius is shown to have died from drowning in the river.
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The now 67-year old actor also had concerns over his age since playing the role in 2004. But his practical concerns were brushed off by Watts with a convincing response
“He just looked at me, and said, ‘Did you see what we did to Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson?’” Molina said with a laugh. In 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Marvel Studios used CGI to de-age Robert Downey Jr. to look as he did in 1991; and in 2019’s “Captain Marvel,” also set in the 1990s, a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson played a younger version of his character, Nick Fury.
Molina still seemed concerned over the lack of de-aging CGI comparing the moments from Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. “They made Robert De Niro’s face younger, but when he was fighting, he looked like an older guy,” Molina said. “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,” he continued. “That’s just a fact.”
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Fortunately, the actor wouldn’t have to make extreme movements but rather rely on his robotic enchantments to do the job for him. “I then remembered that it’s the tentacles that do all the work!”
He sat up straight in his seat. “My basic physical move as Doc Ock, as the actor, is just this,” he said as he glared intensely at the Zoom camera and made a menacing noise. “I just do that a lot, and the arms are doing all the killing and smashing and breaking. I’m just going —” he glared again — “with a kind of mean look on my face. It was fantastic.”
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are yet to officially reveal Molina’s appearance for Spider-Man: No Way Home. But the actor’s casting news leaked last year and added with that is reports claiming Jamie Foxx appearing as Electro.
No Way Home is set to hit theaters on Dec 17, 2021.
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