nerd radio

Get ready for the new daily show

SPOILERS: Alfred Molina drops big, big spoilers about his return as Doctor Octopus in Spider-man: Far From Home

April 17th, 2021 by Marc Comments

You probably don’t need me to say this but SPOILERS for Spider-man: No Way Home.

Ok, so in a new interview for the movie Promising Young Woman (superb, by the way), star Alfred Molina was asked about his return to the world of Marvel Comics for the first time since he played Otto Ocktavius in Sam Raimi’s 2004 Spider-man 2 and, well, he revealed some very big details.

We’ve known for a while that the star was back in the role – or a version of the role – that made him a favorite of comicbook fans everywhere, along with Jamie Foxx’s return as Electro from Amazing Spider-man 2 and the rumoured return of Willem DaFoe as Green Goblin from Raimi’s first Spider-man movie… but we weren’t sure how exactly this would fit into the story.

Until Now.

“It was wonderful,” Molina 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.”

But… Doc Ock died in Spider-Man 2, remember?

Well, it seems not.

Molina recalls that, on reminding Far From Home director Jon Watts that he died, Watts replied: “In this universe, no one really dies.”


But Molina’s not done revealing the goodies, saying that Watts will pick up Doc Ock’s story from “that moment”, meaning the moment he died, meaning he didn’t die, somehow but rather is transported to another universe… the universe of the MCU.

But, Molina pointed out to Watts, how do we deal with the fact that he’s now 67, having aged considerably since 2004.

“He just looked at me, and said, ‘Did you see what we did to Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson?'” said Watts, obviously nodding to the de-aginf of of Robert Downey Jnr in Captain America: Civil War and Samuel L Jackson in Captain Marvel.

Worried about the physicality of the role, the star remembered it was the metal arms that did the work: “The arms are doing all the killing and smashing and breaking [I just need to have] a kind of mean look on my face.”

So, it seems that, as we’ve suspected for some time, this movie is indeed a Spider-verse tale, uniting the MCU with the two previous Spider-man worlds Sony previously created… but will Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield appear? Well, we still don’t know for sure… but we have a hunch.

What say you all? Are you excited to see the always brilliant Molina back as Doc Ock? Let me know all your thoughts, gang.

Spider-man No Way Home is set for release on December 17th, 2021.

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….