When Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock appeared at the end of the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, fans were shocked and excited at the possibility of what he might do in the film. Those passionate fans even included one particular director who knows the character well.
Speaking to Syfy Wire recently, director Sam Raimi — who directed the original Spider-Man trilogy and directed the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — called seeing Molina’s character on the screen again beautiful.
“That was beautiful,” Raimi said. “He looks great, the animation’s great. I’m assuming it’s not puppeted because when we did Doc Ock, we had puppets and animation for his octopus tentacles. But it was smooth and powerful and I loved his costume they kept. I think it’s gonna be a great movie.”
While Raimi likely won’t get the chance to work with Molina’s iconic Doc Ock once again, it is still good to see the legacy of Raimi’s Spider-Man films living on.
Spider-Man: No Way Home sees the return of Tom Holland as the beloved titular wall-crawler, who will now be joined by Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. They’re expected to team up against Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, who are currently the only ones that had seemingly confirmed their return. Like WandaVision, it has been confirmed that No Way Home will tie into the events of Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The third installment to the MCU’s Spider-Man films will also feature the return of most of the first two films’ cast including Emmy winner Zendaya (Euphoria, Dune) as MJ, Jacob Batalon (50 States of Fright) as Ned, Marisa Tomei (The King of Staten Island) as Aunt May, Tony Revolori (The French Dispatch) as Flash, and Hannibal Buress (Tag) as Coach Wilson.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.