In news to warm any superhero fan’s heart, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that sources indicate that Alfred Molina will return to the role of Otto Octavius–the technologically-tendriled Doc Ock–in Disney and Sony’s third Spider-Man film.
Originally featured in Sam Raimi’s 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2, when Tobey Maguire took up the web-slinger’s mantle, Octavius/Doc Ock became a fan favorite due in no small part to Molina’s iconic performance as the bitter, mechanically-monstrous scientist. Molina was previously spotted on the yet-to-be-subtitled third Spider-Man‘s set, before being implicated further in his return to Spidey’s iconic nemesis.
Sam Raimi is of course also set to return to Marvel filmmaking with his Doctor Strange sequel. In that realm, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange is also rumored to feature in Spider-Man 3, as well as Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s main villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. It would certainly make for a jam-packed effort for New York’s favorite Avenger.
With director Jon Watts back for what appears to be a trilogy following Spider-Man: Homecoming and last year’s Far From Home, and Tom Holland taking up the role again, the Marvel machine seems to be reawakening following a tumultuous legal battle over the Spidey rights, as well as delays brought on by the coronavirus.
The third Spider-Man film is dated for December 17, 2021. Expect to hear more on the film soon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter