We’re going to need a bigger Spider-Verse… According to Variety, Alfred Molina will return to the role of Doctor Octopus for Tom Holland’s untitled third Spider-Man MCU film.
The first time the actor played this popular villain in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, he did a great job at bringing out the villain’s humane side, while not being afraid to deliver some delightfully hammy moments. (The fact that S-M2 director Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness makes this multiverse intro more intricate than ever.) It’ll be interesting to see how the actor’s take on Doc Ock will fit into the new Spider-Man’s film ensemble cast… which seems to be growing bigger every day.
As we’ve reported before, Jamie Foxx is reprising his role as Electro in this same movie. We’ll also see Doctor Strange make an appearance as well. And earlier this summer, rumors swirled that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire would also appear as their respective Peter Parkers in the film, too. Between the Sorcerer Supreme and the presence of characters from other universes, it’s almost a sure bet that Tom Holland’s Spidey is swinging right into a multiverse crossover event in his next outing.
If Marvel fully embraces all the possibilities a multiverse presents, we can only hope that Into-the Spiderverse’s best character finally makes his live-action debut in Spider-Man 3: Spider-Ham. But of course, we’d love if Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen or Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir showed up to play as well. The only question is—will our universe be able to handle all this raw talent in one place when the movie premieres on December 17, 2021?