Original Spider-Man Director Breaks Silence on Doc Ock's Return In Tom Holland's No Way Home

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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Way back before the fervor for Spider-Man: No Way Home's trailer, it was revealed that Alfred Molina would be returning as Doc Ock for Tom Holland's next outing. Needless to say, fans were ecstatic. Many couldn't believe that it was true. 

All those feelings surfaced once again when the first footage finally dropped, and the final money shot gave the reveal of a de-aged Alfred Molina, signature costume and all. It was a legendary moment for more than a few fans.

With how exciting it was for fans to witness that moment, it's hard not to think about what Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi thought of seeing his creation brought to life once again over a decade later. Thanks to SyFy Wire, that very question has been answered.

Sam Raimi Sees Doc Ock Again

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SyFy Wire spoke with filmmaker Sam Raimi during press for his recently released film Nightbooks, during which the outlet asked the director what his reaction was to seeing Alfred Molina reprise his role as Spider-Man 2's Doc Ock at the end of the first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer.

Raimi, who directed all three installments of Tobey Maguire's original Spider-Man trilogy, said that it "was beautiful," and that "he looks great:"

“That was beautiful... He looks great, the animation’s great. I’m assuming it’s not puppeted because when we did Doc Ock, we had puppets and animation for his octopus tentacles. But it was smooth and powerful and I loved his costume. I think it’s gonna be a great movie."

Doc Ock's Rebirth - Raimi Approved

It's great to see Raimi happy with how Alfred Molina looks all these years later. That said, the whole idea likely got former Spider-Man director's blessing before Marvel Studios went ahead and made it happen. 

This was a big deal too, since the famous director was brought on for another project: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While it keeps Raimi sadly far from Spider-Man, the concepts at play in Strange's world are the perfect set of toys for the director to play around with, especially since he is known for his work in the horror sphere of filmmaking.

After all, Multiverse of Madness has been teased as a horror film more often than not, so Raimi is likely in the perfect spot. If Marvel Studios and Raimi's work goes smoothly, there's a strong chance that the world could see even more Raimi involvement with the MCU. Maybe he'll even get more time with Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man—fingers crossed for all those rumors being true.

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Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.