‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’: Doc Ock Actor Alfred Molina Was Worried About Returning to the Character After 17 Years

Alfred Molina at the U.K. film premiere of 'Spider-Man 2'

Before its trailer came out, Spider-Man: No Way Home had long been rumored to bring back characters from the past Spider-Man movies. As you may expect, fans were desperate to see their favorite actors, including Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, joining Tom Holland, and have their ‘spidey senses’ tingle altogether in this one epic film.

However, the leaked teaser trailer only confirmed the return of one character — Doc Ock, played by Spider-Man 2 original actor Alfred Molina. At about 2:38 minutes in, we see the Doc popping up dramatically (as expected) with all his four tentacles. After the usual dramatic pause, he utters a single line, “Hello Peter.”

According to Variety, when Molina was invited to play the role, he was a bit worried. Of course, this was only natural, seeing as it had been almost 17 years since he was fitted into the costume. So, let’s see what more the actor had to say about his part.

How it ended for the Old Doc Ock

Alfred Molina | Dave Hogan/Getty Images

We first saw Alfred Molina in Spider-Man 2, where he portrayed Doctor Otto Octavius, a genius scientist and mentor to Peter Parker. With the aid of his tentacle-like mechanical contraptions, the doc set out to create his own version of the infamous ‘fusion reactor.’  However, after a tragic failure with the experiment, the good doctor fused with the artificial intelligence in his mechanical arms, ultimately transforming into this villainous, obsessive version of himself we’d come to know as Doc Ock.

What follows is a series of battles with Spider-Man and all kinds of mayhem around New York City. Ultimately, after Peter appeals to his good side, the villain has a change of heart and sinks his precious fusion reactor in the East River to save the city from destruction — thereby meeting his end.

Alfred Molina’s age concerns

When Alfred Molina was first asked to come back as Doc Ock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the actor says he was told to keep it a secret. However, this didn’t stop him, as he confirmed his part in the movie soon after. He even went as far as describing his experience making the film, stating that “it was wonderful,” he further added, “it was very interesting going back to play the same role after 17 years.”

However, before confirming his acceptance to the director of No Way Home, Jon Watts, Molina’s main concern was that he may not look the part, seeing as he is now 67 years old. As reported by Variety, Molina said, “I now have two chins, a wattle, crow’s feet, and a slightly dodgy lower back.” His main puzzle was how his character’s story would be spun to fit the narrative.

However, Watts convinced him of the possibility, pointing out how the Marvel Cinematic Universe had already successfully used de-aging CGI technology on Samuel L. Jackson in Captain Marvel and Robert Downey Jr in Captain America Civil War, where they both play younger versions of themselves.

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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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