Spider Man, the franchise, owes a lot to Alfred Molina. Among the various villains who appeared in the 8 Spider Man films made since 2002, Molina’s Otto Octavius is generally regarded as the best, tackling the mix of likable and sociopath necessary to truly penetrate Peter Parker’s skin. This legacy is part of what is done unconfirmed reports that Molina is resuming her Spider-Man 2 role for the next one Spider-Man: No Coming Home so exciting. Not confirmed by Sony or Marvel, anyway; Molina is perfectly happy to confirm the crap of this news.
It is by Variety, who spoke to Molina this week about her role in the Oscar-nominated film Promising young woman, then learned he was 100% party to talking about slipping into the tentacles for third Tom Holland as well Spider Man movie. “When we were filming we were all ordered not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be a big secret,” Molina said, before noting that the news was all over the internet in early December. “In fact, I described myself as Hollywood’s worst-kept secret!”
Molina, as he usually does in interviews, was both funny and self-effacing about the comeback performance, noting that: “It was very interesting coming back after 17 years to play the same role, given that in over the next few years, I now have two chins, an acacia, crow’s feet, and a slightly sleazy lower back. He also spoke of rediscovering the secret of the great Doc Ock actor: “I then remembered that it’s the tentacles that do all the work,” he joked, before noting that his major physical contribution was a serious glance.
In terms of plot, Molina has been mostly silent – likely so Marvel’s anti-spoiler snipers looking at him like a hawk wouldn’t get the call to take the picture. But he confirmed that, from Otto’s point of view, he emerges just after entering the river in Spider-Man 2. (Asked about the timeline on this, re: her face, director Jon Watts apparently asked Molina, “Did you see what we did? Bob Downey Jr. and Sam Jackson? ‘”) When Molina asked about everything that was dying, Watts told her,“ In this universe, no one really dies.
One topic that Molina did not address, however, was the No coming home cameo rumors that still have the heaviest question marks still swirling around them namely: Will Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield also will appear in the movie, who should send Tom Holland’s Spidey spiraling far into the marketing multiverse? Even Molina isn’t ready to brave this particular firewall of studio secrecy, apparently.