Spider-Man: No Way Home: Tom Holland Was Afraid Of Molina’s Doc Ock When He Was Kid

Tom Holland Was Afraid Of Molina's Doc Ock

Tom Holland was so excited about Alfred Molina’s, Doc Ock in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Tom during an interview with Empire (via CBR), that he was terrified of Molina when he saw the full get-up of the Doc Ock character. He also explained that he loved Maguire’s original Spider-Man trilogy.

“I was obsessed with Raimi’s movies,” Holland recently told Empire magazine about being introduced to the character at just 8 years old. “I remember seeing Alfred in his costume for the first time, and he had the glasses on, and he was wearing his belt, which is what the legs were attached to. And I remember, as I kid, being terrified of him.”

While Doc Ock is believed to die in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, Molina announced earlier this year that he will return his role as the scientist-turned-supervillain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man franchise’s third movie. According to No Way Home director Jon Watts, “In this reality, no one actually dies,” which explains how Molina’s character was able to be revived for the MCU. Watts also reportedly told him that No Way Home will pick up Doc Ock’s story from “that moment” in the river. Interestingly, since Doc Ock’s apparent death is a result of self-sacrifice after the villain realizes the error of his ways, No Way Home will presumably have to explain why Doc begins to attack Spidey again.

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Tom Holland Was Afraid Of Molina

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Empire reported, Holland recalled what it was like to see Molina in the Doc Ock costume on No Way Home’s Atlanta set, which he said was more pleasant than he expected it to be. “He was like, ‘Hello, mate! How are you, pal? How’s it going?'” the actor revealed. “He was lovely. He’s a proper geezer. We had so much fun working together.”

“It was really fun to watch [Molina] see how technology has advanced,” he said at the time. “When he was making Spider-Man 2, the arms were puppets, and when we did it, they’re all imaginary and CG. It was quite cool to see him relive it, but also relearn it.”

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Marvel used de-aging VFX on Molina for New Way Home in addition to the CG tentacles. In 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the same technology was used on Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in flashback scenes, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury in 2019’s Captain Marvel, which takes place in the 1990s.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to hit the theaters on 17 December 2021.

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Elina Raven is an author and content writer for maxblizz. Elina completed her graduation in MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary at the University Of the West Of England, Bristol.

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