With Spider-Man set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War next year, the future is finally looking bright for the iconic superhero.
What Spidey’s upcoming solo movie has in store for the character obviously remains to be seen as we currently have no idea what to expect from the supporting cast or choice of villain. However, one person who is clearly keen on being part of that if offered the opportunity is Alfred Molina, the actor who played Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 way back in 2004.
“I think, maybe. I doubt if it will happen, because I think things move on. Yeah. Why not? If you’re asking me would I be interested in doing Doc Ock again, I’d say yes. Absolutely. It’s one of the great roles. Yeah. I can’t see it happening personally.”
There are obviously a couple of problems here. For starters, Doctor Octopus was killed off in Spider-Man 2, while Marvel’s Spider-Man will be the second reboot featuring the wall-crawler since Sam Raimi’s trilogy hit the big screen. As a result, it’s hard to imagine Molina being asked to reprise the role of Doc Ock, though stranger things have certainly happened.
Chances are that we will see the villain again down the line anyway, but minus the actor who first brought him to life in a movie. That’s a shame, but if Marvel were to release some sort of Spider-Men style crossover uniting Tobey Maguire with Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, this might just become a reality…