Alfred Molina Would Bring Back Doc Ock in a Heartbeat for SINISTER SIX

     August 18, 2014


Considering every single role was recast for The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s highly unlikely that Marc Webb and co. would ever bring back someone from one of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, but if Alfred Molina were offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Doctor Octopus in Sinister Six, he’d take it.

While talking to Molina about his latest film, Love Is Strange, we took a moment just to see if he’d be interested and it turns out, he’d play the character again in a heartbeat.  Hit the jump to hear more about that as well as how Molina’s Love Is Strange co-star, John Lithgow, would like to squeeze himself into the Spider-Man realm as well.

DocOck-Mike-Mitchell-Mondo-MarvelAbout a month ago, news broke that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was pushed back to May 4, 2018 and that we’d actually get that Sinister Six film first on November 11, 2016.  In an effort to pave the way for that one, Sony included a Sinister Six bonus featurette on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray.  It doesn’t hit stores until tomorrow, but we did get a sneak peek at the piece and it includes shots of Molina’s Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2.  After recalling how great Molina is in the role, he noted:

“That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had on a movie of that kind, you know, those big, big sort of features where you spend like six months hanging off a wire, you know, and that stuff.  But it was the first movie of that kind that I’ve ever been involved in.  I had a wonderful time.  I loved it.  I mean, I’d go back and do it again in a heartbeat.”

But of course, what are the odds of that happening?  We’ve got a new Spider-Man, Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy, just to name a few.  Sure, anything is possible, but it doesn’t look like we’ll ever get any cast overlap.  Molina even pointed out:

“The thing is, no actor owns those roles.”

That’s when Lithgow chimed in to explain that he just wrapped his run as King Lear at The Public Theater and today, Molina was offered the same role, but in another production.  Lithgow then joked:

“Maybe they’ll come after me for Doc Ock … how about Doc Ock’s evil twin?”

In all honesty, I’d gladly watch a movie with Molina playing Doctor Octopus and Lithgow playing his evil twin, however, Molina’s good friend, Michael Rispoli, has another amusing spin on a Doc Ock sidekick:

“When I first got cast, a friend of mine, a wonderful actor, Michael Rispoli, I was on the phone with Michael and he said – he’s a wonderful New York guy, he says, ‘Hey Freddy, I heard you got cast as Doctor Octopus, so maybe you need a sidekick. You know, maybe I could be, I don’t know, Captain Calamari!’  [Laughs] And I’m still waiting for something to come up to be Captain Calamari.”

The large majority of this clip is transcribed for you in the quotes above, but it’s still well worth watching the duo laugh it up about these ideas in the video below.

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  • LEM

    That Spiderman movie with him is still the best one.

    • Georce Johnson

      The action scene on the elevated train is still the one to beat IMO. Marvel has made better movies, but not better action set pieces.

      • WhoIsTheDoctor

        How does it matter if Marvel has made better movies and set pieces? It’ll always baffle me how you can compare Marvel movies (Depicted on 1 or more Marvel characters) Against another Marvel character? What’s the point? The only difference it’s made by another studios… Still a Marvel film. And the fact that Marvel is in charge of source material and the fact they work on both Sony and Fox’s Marvel films.


        They have very little say on the other films. Marvel have a bad relationship with Fox for a reason.

      • Frodiud

        Yeah, because Fox made it their business to shit all over the source material.

      • WhoIsTheDoctor

        That… Is not true… They just don’t WANT To interfere anymore… Before the MCU They were helping Fox and Sony all the time (Sony they still help) and Fox well Fox butchered the relationship themselves (Making Johnny Storm black – Not letting Marvel BORROW the rights to Galactus and SS in return for them keeping hold on DareDevil a little longer – AND Of course the infamous making Johnny Storm black)


        It. Is. True:

        Sony and Avi Arad rule that roost and it doesn’t look like they took any advice from Marvel judging by the last 2 Spider-Man films. Marvel’s input on those films only ever really concerns merchandising because they control it in conjunction with Sony controlling the associated films.

        Ultimately, Marvel have very little say on Sony or Fox’s films because both those companies do what they want with the properties anyway, regardless of any Marvel input, so Marvel’s advice accounts for nothing.

      • RedMercury

        Except for the fact that there’s no elevated train in Manhattan.
        Of course, there’s no Spiderman in Manhattan, either.

      • Lovecraftlives

        What? I was on that train last week. No Spiderman, but the train is real and quite elevated I might add.

      • oanda

        There are elevated trains. just not how it was depicted.

  • Guy

    Stay away Alfred. Stay far away.

  • Vulcan

    He was incredible as Doc Ock. I might actually watch Sinister 6 if he is in it. Lithgow would also be good for it.

    • Mike

      A comic book movie with no “heroes journey” story told from the perspective of six different villains will be incredibly different than your standard comic book movie . Combine that with the director of Cabin in the Woods and I’m actually curious about this project. I’m basically ignoring the fact that Spider-Man is even associated. It won’t be Marc Webb’s vision.

  • Colin Christian

    Doctor Octopus is my favorite comic book villain,if Molina reprises it,I would go see the flick.

  • pedro

    Looking at the way this new series got in trouble and some people said JK Simmons may be back as JJ i approve and cant wait to see Molina again

  • 80sRobot

    He won’t be asked back. Sony will want to cast a new young pretty boy in order to get the girls to watch.

  • appolox

    I’ll laugh my ass off if Charlie Day ends up playing Dock Ock.

    • brNdon

      For some crazy reason, I actually wouldn’t mind seeing that.

      • appolox


  • Lucas Accardo

    Hey we have a miscast Dare-Devil miscast as Batman, we have a to big Human Torch re cast as Captain America (more appropriately…) So , strangest things have happened. Also actor Frankie Faison played a cop in Manhunter and the intern friend of Lecter in Red Dragon based on the same book . This off the top of my head .

  • Strong Enough

    Translate: “It was the biggest check i ever had!”

  • Tyler

    I approve of this.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    He was awesome as Doc Ock, but there is a 0% chance that he will play him again. He all but died in his film, and even if he survived, how would they explain him being the only carryover from the old movies? I guess they could just reboot him with the same actor, but it won’t happen. Ah, well – Spiderman 2 is still the best one!

  • Manuel Orozco

    I doubt Molina will come back as Doc Ock

  • Person

    Molina’s Doc Ock is too good for this series.

    • ʝoe βloggs

      Hear hear
      So too J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.

  • Jonboy

    Two words Bryan Cranston. Let’s have an actual force to be reckoned with and not some loveable misunderstood teddy bear..

    • Jonboy

      Oh and John Hamm for JJJ…maybe

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  • Arachne

    The idea of John Lithgow playing The Vulture makes me weak in the knees. Make this happen, Marc Webb you loser hack.

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  • Craig Hall

    How about Lithgow as The Vulture? lol

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