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Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer Confirms Iron Man Tech Theory

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

Following intense cries from fans all over the Spider-Man fandom and weeks of speculation from every angle, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally come back with a vengeance. At a fan event in Southern California, the studios unveiled the second full trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, which took excitement for this adventure to new levels of insanity.

With rumors and expectations of what would actually appear in the trailer, many would agree that this new look at Spider-Man: No Way Home brought thrills and shocks with nearly every new image. From Spider-Man "adding" to his expanding costume collection to the MCU showing the first signs of the Multiverse breaking, the threequel's scale continues growing with each new bit of information that comes to light.

This trailer gave fans the first hint of just how much villain power Peter Parker will face in his third MCU solo film, which included an expansion on Alfred Molina's introduction to the franchise as Doctor Otto Octavius. Part of this showed off just how powerful Octavius will become as he comes back for his second round of villainy. 

Doc Ock Becoming OP in the MCU

In the second trailer for Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home, Alfred Molina's Doc Ock was seen stealing the nano-technology from Peter Parker's Iron Spider suit.

As Molina's Doc Ock makes his presence felt, the trailer gives a shot of red nano-tech particles crawling up his mechanical arms and reinforcing the metal.

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The nano-particles move all the way from the arm's claw down the body of the device. Although it's unclear what the mixture of Doc Ock's arms and the Iron Man technology will do to Otto Octavius' power levels, it's reasonable to assume that it can't mean anything good for the heroes in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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Octavius' arms wrap up Peter Parker tightly against one of the support beams from the bridge seen in both trailers as the Iron Spider outfit leaves Peter's body.

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The Spider-Man suit is quickly removed from Peter's body as Doc Ock realizes that he's a different Peter Parker than he knew from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man universe.

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When Doc Ock appears again in the basement of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, his octopus arms appear to be fully supported by Tony Stark's Iron Man technology.

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The Iron Man Effect Continues with Doc Ock

Both of Spider-Man's solo MCU outings have featured Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man in one way or another, with Homecoming giving Downey about 10 minutes of screentime and Far From Home helping send his character off after his death in Avengers: Endgame. As Spidey takes on his third, and biggest, solo adventure in the Marvel Studios narrative, it seems as though the original Avenger will continue to make his mark.

Following the release of still images from Spider-Man: No Way Home that showed the Doc Ock arms with a reddish tint, fans began to theorize that Otto Octavius has found a way to take possession of Peter's nano-tech suit. Even as brilliant as the villain was in 2004's Spider-Man 2, having access to tech from the MCU from heroes like Iron Man will only help him grow stronger and more dangerous.

Thanks to new footage of the Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock fight from the second trailer, it's evident that the two will be quite evenly matched with their powers and the machinery available to use. Once Doc Ock or his arms figure out how to remove the Iron Spider suit and use it for himself, Tom Holland's hero will likely be in a world of trouble at that moment.

The big question now is how much Otto Octavius will be able to utilize this Iron Man armor and how much it will add to his power as the MCU's newest supervillain.

That and more will be answered when Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres in theaters on December 17, 2021. Tickets for the threequel will go on sale on November 29.