Spider Man, the franchise, owes Alfred Molina a lot. Out of the various villains that have appeared in 8 Spider Man films made since 2002, Molina’s Otto Octavius is generally held up as the best and nails the mix of sympathetic and sociopathic required to really get under Peter Parker’s skin. This legacy is part of what has been made the unconfirmed reports that Molina would reprise his Spider-Man 2 role to the future Spider-Man: No way home so exciting. Unconfirmed by Sony or Marvel anyway; Molina is very happy to confirm the shit out of this news.
It is per Variety, who this week spoke with Molina about his role in the Oscar nominee Promising young womanand then learned that he was 100 percent game to speak of also slipping back into the tentacles of the third Tom Holland Spider Man movie. “When we shot it, we were all under order not to talk about it because it was supposed to be a big big secret,” Molina said, noting that the news was over the internet in early December. “I’ve actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!”
Molina, as he is typically in interviews, was both funny and self-effacing about the return and noted that “It was very interesting to go back after 17 years to play the same role, considering that in the intervening years I now have two chins , a wattle, crow’s feet and a slightly risky lower back. “He also talked about rediscovering the secret behind really great Doc Ock acting: ‘I remembered then that it’s the tentacles that do all the work,'” he joked, noting that his great physical contribution was a serious glow.
In terms of plot stuff, Molina remained mostly silent – presumably so that the Marvel antispoiler snipers who saw him as a hawk would not get the call to take the shot. But he confirmed that from Otto’s point of view, he shows up right after going into the river Spider-Man 2. (When asked about the timeline of this, director Jon Watts apparently asked Molina: face, face, “Did you see what we did against Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson? ‘”) When Molina asked about the whole thing dying, Watts meanwhile said to him,” In this universe no one really dies. “
One topic that Molina did not get into, however, was No way home cameo rumors that still have the strongest question marks still swirling around them, i.e .: Will Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield also appears in the film, which is expected to send Tom Holland’s Spidey spiraling far and wide through The Multiverse Of Marketing? Not even Molina is apparently willing to brave this particular firewall of study secrecy.