Spider-Man: No Way Home: Doc Ock Wife Actress Responds to Marvel Return Joke

By Richard Nebens Updated:
Rosie, Doc Ock, Spider-Man: No Way Home

Marvel Studios is currently on a great roll with all the hype built up for December's Spider-Man: No Way Home, for which Marvel and Sony just released the first trailer last week. After nearly a year's worth of teases pointing to some of the most intense action in any superhero movie ever coming in this plot, the trailer helped clarify some of what fans should expect to see.

On Spidey's side of the fight, Doctor Strange was seen in possibly his most "chill" form to date before unleashing a spell that could have broken the very fabric of reality in New York City. On the other side, the ramifications of that spell seemed to open the door for multiple villains from past Spidey movies to come into the MCU such as the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro.

Along with the rumors pointing to these villains' comebacks, along with the returns of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, side characters from both stories have been included in the mix such as Kirsten Dunst's Mary-Jane Watson and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy. However, one actress from an old web-slinger outing debunked her own casting in the threequel in a humorous manner.


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Actress Donna Murphy took to Twitter to confirm that she will not be reprising her role from Spider-Man 2 as Rosie in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: No Way Home.

After a tweet joked that Murphy would be returning in a "large 'totally not dead' role" in No Way Home, Murphy jokingly asked if she "(missed) that call from (her) manager:"

"Really? Did I miss that call from my manager ? Xo Rosie"


Donna Murphy played a key role in 2004's Spider-Man 2 as the wife of Alfred Molina's Doctor Otto Octavius. During Octavius's fusion demonstration with his four AI-controlled arms, the experiment went haywire and caused a window to cave in on the facility, quickly killing Murphy's Rosie and sending the doctor into a downward spiral.

Considering Molina's return as the villainous Doc Ock was one of the biggest headlines from Spider-Man: No Way Home, it does make some sense to wonder if the movie will revisit the love of his life before her death. However, looking at how Molina confirmed that Octavius will be taken right from the end of Spider-Man 2, Murphy's return seems to be out of the question looking at how early it was in the movie when she died.

Although Murphy won't be coming back to the Spidey franchise, she put her sense of humor on display as reports continue to tease the massive group of actors joining No Way Home. The first trailer alone put her on-screen husband in the spotlight for his long-awaited comeback, and fans will be paying close attention to any more news that comes in the next few months.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to release in theaters on December 17, 2021.

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- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.