‘Spider-Man 3’: Alfred Molina Returning as Doctor Octopus

Alfred Molina is putting the metal arms back on to reprise his role as the villainous Doctor Octopus, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Molina turned in a fan-favorite performance in Sam Raimi’s 2004 sequel Spider-Man 2 as Otto Octavius, a brilliant scientist turned eight-limbed villain who pushed Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man to the limits. Molina’s involvement in the upcoming Spider-Man movie was first rumored late last month, when GWW reported the actor had been spotted on set.

Tom Holland stars in the film, which Sony has dated for Dec. 17, 2021, which has Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts back at the helm. Benedict Cumberbatch will appear in the film as Doctor Strange, while Spider-Man mainstays expected to return include Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori.

Molina’s involvement ties together three generations of Spider-Man movies. Jamie Foxx is returning as Electro after playing the role in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred Andrew Garfield as the wall crawler, while Molina’s Doc Oc terrorized Maguire’s version of Spidey. In October, Foxx suggested in a since-deleted Instagram post that three different Spider-Men could appear in the film.

Marvel and Sony had no comment.

2019’s Far From Home, which amid the COVID-pandemic release date shuffles stands as the most recent Marvel Studios film, earned more than $1 billion globally and has swung to the top of the ladder as highest-grossing Spider-Man movie of all time.

Molina, who earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for 2017’s Feud: Bette and Joan,  starred in Frozen II last year and has Netflix and DreamWorks’ Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans due out next year.

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