Alfred Molina Is Returning As Doctor Octopus In ‘Spider-Man 3’

As one might expect, rumors have been flying around steadily about Marvel’s Spider-Man 3. That was going to happen with Jamie Foxx returning as Electro, and other suggestions of a connection between the Marvel/Sony cinematic universes. One of those rumors has been about the return of Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, and it looks like the many-tentacled villain is indeed coming back.

THR reports Molina will reprise his role as Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus, having played the villain in Sam Raimi’s 2004 film Spider-Man 2, which many considered for a time to be the greatest superhero movie ever. It’s still pretty damn great.

You can figure out the implications of this for yourself. Octavius comes from Raimi’s trilogy of movies, while Foxx is from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and if those two universes are merging it implies a likely return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. With Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange also playing a role, we’re clearly seeing a multiversal story emerge similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And since Raimi is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, this could be one big story that Marvel is trying to tell.

So yeah, this is big. The untitled Spider-Man 3 doesn’t have a release date yet, but expect that to change soon, perhaps later this week.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.