The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been treading into deeper and more interesting rabbit holes ever since Avengers: Endgame introduced multiversal and time travel. Since fans have been begging the question as to where they will go next after Disney acquired Fox and subsequently the X-Men family as well. With WandaVision playing with the hearts of fans who desperately want to see the return of the mutants in any capacity, Marvel has other crossovers planned. With leaks of returning Sony characters into the Spider-Man MCU universe, such as Jamie Foxx’s Electro, fans have been speculating how exactly this will all fit into the MCUs Spider-Man 3. Today, Variety had the chance to speak with Alfred Molina about his role in the upcoming film Promising Young Women. During the interview, he discussed the filmmaking and confirmed his upcoming reprisal of Doctor Octopus from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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In the full Variety article, Alfred Molina detailed a lot of the questions that many fans have been wondering about since the initial leaks of his involvement in the film. He described his experience when filming as “the worst kept secret of Hollywood,” considering how prevalent the leaks were. Molina went on to explain his concerns and thoughts when approached to come back and reprise his 17-year-old role. Explaining how Jon Watts explained narratively that the stories in the Marvel universe today allow for such freedom.
Moreover, Molina stated that his particular story in Spider-Man: No Way Home would pick up right before he succumbs to the nuclear reactor on the docks in Spider-Man 2. While it’s still unclear how many of the other characters from other Spider-Man film universes will appear, Alfred Molina’s confirmation is a great sign of much more on the way. Spider-Man No Way Home is scheduled to release this holiday on December 17, 2021.