Alfred Molina Reprising Doctor Octopus for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 3!
TheWrap brings word that Alfred Molina will be reprising his villainous role as Otto Octavius, aka Doctor Octopus, in the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie led by Tom Holland. The character last appeared in Sam Raimi’s 2004 Oscar-winning movie Spider-Man 2 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
According to the outlet, Molina’s involvement with the project was first reported by GWW after the actor was spotted on set.
Tom Holland will return for the untitled third Spider-Man film as the titular wall-crawler alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, going up against Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Given the ending of Far From Home, however, any number of his rogues’ gallery are also likely eager for a fight. The third installment to the MCU’s Spider-Man films will also feature the return of Zendaya (Euphoria, Dune) as MJ and Jacob Batalon as Ned.
While most of the original series cast are set to return for the threequel, Foxx’s casting further blurs the lines across Sony’s three web-slinging franchises, with the previous installment bringing back J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi’s trilogy and the studio’s Sony Universe of Marvel Characters led by Venom expected to crossover into the Marvel Cinematic Universe series soon.
Originally scheduled for a July 16, 2021 release, the untitled Spider-Man 3 was first pushed back to November 5 and will now bow on December 17, 2021.