Spider-Man: Alfred Molina Discusses His Initial Hesitation to Return for No Way Home


Alfred Molina admits he was wary to return as Doc Ock in Spider-Man: No Way Home because it had been 17 years since he had portrayed the villain.

Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Alfred Molina revealed in a new interview he was initially hesitant to return as Dr. Otto “Doc Ock” Octavius in the latest Spider-Man film because of his age.

“When the idea was first suggested, my first thought was, ‘Hang on. I’m 17 years older. I’ve got chins, I’ve got wrinkles, you know. I mean, what are they going to do?'” the 68-year-old actor shared during a new “Villains Panel” posted on the official Spider-Man YouTube channel. “And then, of course, you suddenly realize, ‘Wait a minute, they’ve got the technology. This isn’t going to be a problem.'”

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Molina added he ultimately decided to join the film because he was excited to both revisit an old project and experience it in a new way, noting, “Because the technology has moved on phenomenally in the last couple of decades. And so it’s kind of still exciting.”

The actor also dished on why portraying a villain within the Marvel Cinematic Universe is such a treat, explaining, “The thing about grounded villains is that — and that’s what’s so wonderful about villains in the Marvel Universe — is that so many of them become villains almost reluctantly. Almost in spite of themselves, you know?”

“An accident happens or some terrible tragedy, and it transforms them. And that’s what makes them very playable,” Molina continued. “Because it’s not just mustache-twirling. There’s some depth to it. And that’s what makes them interesting. I mean, in a lesser environment, us as villains, would just be functionaries. We would just be there to you know, get the plot going. But here we’ve got real storylines, we’ve got [backstory] … they’re real people.”


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Molina first appeared as Doc Ock in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, which served as the second installment in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and starred Tobey Maguire as the titular webslinger. In that film, Molina’s character met his end by drowning after he used his robotic tentacles to pull down a building. It was previously revealed Doc Ock will come face-to-face with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in No Way Home thanks to a spell gone wrong by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Despite Molina’s familiarity with the role, Holland shared back in October there were things Molina had to relearn while filming Doc Ock scenes for No Way Home. “It was really fun to watch [Molina] see how technology has advanced,” Holland said at the time. “When he was making [Spider-Man 2], the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they’re all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it.”


Other former Spidey villains confirmed to return alongside Doc Ock in No Way Home are Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman, and Rhys Ifans’ The Lizard.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters on Dec. 17.

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