Spider-Man Versus Doc Ock: Again for the First Time!
Spider-Man 3 just announced a major villain will be returning to the franchise. Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 back in 2004, is returning to the role. This will be the second time the British actor will have played the part, but the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Molina earned acclaim in his role as the complex villain, which he played opposite Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker. Now, he’ll be going up against Tom Holland’s iteration of the character.
No word yet whether this is a new version of the villain, or a return to his original portrayal. If it is the latter, it gets a little messy since Otto Octavius died at the end of Spider-Man 2. He would also not be the only returning villain. Jamie Foxx will reportedly reprise his role as Electro from Amazing Spider-Man 2, where he played opposite Andrew Garfield.
Spider-Man: Into the MCU Spiderverse?
Not only are villains rumored to be returning, but heroes as well. It is currently rumored that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will return as their versions of Spider-Man as well. Rumor also has it Kirsten Dunst may be returning as her version of Mary Jane Watson. JK Simmons has already returned as J. Jonah Jameson, albeit a different version, in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Also on tap to appear is Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Could a trip through the multiverse be on tap for Holland’s third outing in webs? That would explain the various actors returning to their former roles. As of right now, much of this is rumor, but at one point, so was Molina returning to his role.
Battle of the Multiverses
These announcements and rumors come at a time when Warner Brothers is doing a similar movie. The planned Flash movie, part of the DC Movie franchise, will have Ezra Miller’s Flash go through the multiverse and team up with past portrayals of characters. These include Michael Keaton’s Batman, who has already appeared on concept art to promote the film. Other rumored returns for that movie include Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Ben Affleck is also on tap to reprise his role as Batman as well.
People are complaining that the upcoming Flash film might be overstuffed. Yet no one has made the same complaint about Spider-Man 3. Whether they are both overstuffed or not is yet to be seen.
Spider-Man 3 should release on December 17th, 2021; though it may be set back due to the ongoing pandemic.
And now, Doctor Octopus doing Fiddler: