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Alfred Molina Returning as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 3!

Cast members from previous Spider-Man installments continue to be added to the upcoming, highly-anticipated third Spidey movie starring Tom Holland. The Hollywood Reporter says that Alfred Molina has now also been confirmed to be reprising the role of Doctor Octopus from the 2004 movie Spider-Man 2, which saw him facing Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Alfred Molina Returning as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 3

According to GWW, Alfred Molina was spotted on the set of the third Spider-Man movie in November. He played the role of Doc Ock to great acclaim and is generally considered one of the top villains in all the movies.

Molina joins Jamie Foxx, who is also returning as Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which starred Andrew Garfield as the wallcrawler. Foxx previously suggested on Instagram that the new movie could feature three different Spider-Men (Holland, Garfield and Maguire), but that has not been confirmed yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Doctor Strange in the new Spider-Man movie as well, though he has appeared alongside Holland’s Spider-Man in previous Marvel Studios movies.

Cumberbatch is also filming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi (who helmed the first three Spider-Man movies starring Maguire).

THR previously said that “the move puts Cumberbatch in the mentor role that was previously occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark/Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter reprising Nick Fury.”

“The role gives Holland a chance to play opposite seasoned actors, gives Peter Parker a father figure and gives the movies extra star power while also tying them to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Spider-Man 3 is currently dated for December 17, 2021 and is being directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home helmer Jon Watts.

Cast members returning from those movies include Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.

Sony and Marvel Studios have worked together on two Spidey films, including Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The first film grossed $880.2 million worldwide, while last year’s release earned an impressive $1.13 billion globally.

Released in July of 2019, Spider-Man: Far From Home was directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming helmer Jon Watts. In the film, our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.

However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent, but all is not as it seems.

The well-received Far From Home also starred Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

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