‘Spider-Man 3’ is shaping up to be something even more special.
A new report says that veteran actor Alfred Molina is set to reprise his role as the supervillain Doctor Octopus for the first time since Sam Raimi’s 2004 sequel ‘Spider-Man 2’.
The 67-year-old will once again play the role of Doctor Otto Octavius, the brilliant scientist who initially served as a mentor figure to Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker before turning himself into an eight-limbed villain, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
This makes him the second actor from a non-MCU ‘Spider-Man’ movie, following Jamie Foxx, who is set to return as Electro from 2014’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, reports CINEMABLEND. Benedict Cumberbatch has also been roped in to reprise his role as Doctor Strange.
Alfred Molina, who is also known for films like ‘Frida’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was first rumored to return to the franchise last month when GWW reported the actor had been spotted on set.
The news comes after it was earlier reported that Toby McGuire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland will be appearing together for the first time in the upcoming film through the Spider-Verse. Although, it’s not yet confirmed.
The upcoming sequel will reportedly see Holland reprise his role as the web-slinger along with director Jon Watts, who previously helmed ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. The yet-to-be-titled film is also expected to include Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, and Tony Revolori from the previous films.
Sony Pictures is scheduled to release the film in December 2021.