Alfred Molina will re-appear in the new Spider-Man movie as the villain Doctor Octopus, The Hollywood Reporter reports Tuesday.
Molina has previously appeared as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 from 2002. His performance was praised by critics at the time and his character became a beloved character among fans of the series.
The return of the 67-year-old actor was already suggested last month after he was spotted on the set of the new film.
In 2014, Molina announced in an interview with Collider that he would love to reprise the role. “That was the best thing I’ve ever done in a movie,” he said at the time.
Spider-Man has been part of the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2016 . That became possible after Sony, which owns the rights to Spider-Man , made a deal with Disney.
After Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the third part is rumored to use a so-called multiverse . This allows multiple Spider-Man characters from different dimensions to appear.
For example, it was previously announced that Jamie Foxx will be seen again as the villain Electro, a role he previously played in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). In addition, Tom Holland will return as Spider-Man and Benedict Cumberbatch will make an appearance as Doctor Strange.
The third volume is expected to be released in December 2021.