Here’s Why Doc Ock Is a Hero In No Way Home

Following the premiere event in Sherman Oaks, California, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home received its second trailer. For the record, the latest teaser for Avengers: Infinity War didn’t disappoint, showcasing more of the film’s plot and teasing its status as one of the most anticipated solo MCU films ever.

Some Of The Highlights On MCU’s approach to Sandman and Lizard

Tom Holland’s central web-slinger and Dr. Strange’s multiverse-breaking antics were given their due shine in this trailer, with new suits and an emotional storyline. The Sinister Six have been hinted at for nearly a year now, so a slew of villains made an appearance that was out of character for the MCU.

A non-blue Electro from Jamie Foxx, as well as a terrifying return for Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, were some of the highlights of the MCU’s take on Sandman and Lizard. That first trailer in August sent the world into a frenzy, but Alfred Molina’s major interview from Spring 2021 likely contributed to this trailer’s lavish treatment of his Doctor Octopus.

Let’s take a look back at how Octavius first made his mark on Spider-Man nearly two decades ago before we see how the second look at Spider-Man: No Way Home sets him up in the MCU.

Where We Last Saw Doc Ock In Action

In 2004’s Spider-Man 2, Alfred Molina played Otto Octavius, an Oscorp scientist working on a global energy source, for his live-action debut. However, his fusion demonstration used four massive mechanical arms that appeared throughout the rest of the film. His inhibitor chip, which was used to regulate the arms, was damaged by an electrical bolt, and he was forced into a villainous path as a result.

Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man halted the experiment before exposing his secret identity to his idol, even though it would devastatingly affect New York City. Peter Parker persuaded Octavius to reconsider the mission, which ended in Octavius’s redemption and sacrifice in the Hudson River thanks to Peter Parker’s intervention.

What’s the big deal? I think the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home teases why Doc Ock’s change of heart could be carried over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What Is Otto Octavius Meeting Max Dillon About?

For Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jaime Foxx’s Electro appears to hurl lightning bolts at Alfred Molina’s Dr. Otto Octavius in the second trailer for the film. It looks like the same construction site where Spider-Man battles a few of the movie’s villains, probably near the newly-renovated Statue of Liberty, where Octavius then takes an enormous fall.

It’s impossible to tell for sure whether Doc Ock is being blasted by Electro or something else. However, the Spider-Man 2 villain may be given another opportunity to change his character, as he did at the end of the first film. The trailer’s final scene shows Spider-Man battling Sandman, Electro, and Lizard, but Alfred Molina’s eight-limbed scientist does not appear to be a threat to Peter Parker.

While it’s possible, there aren’t any official indications that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be fighting alongside Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, even if some minor details suggest otherwise, either. Given the film’s history of leaks, Sony may be saving some of No Way Home’s biggest revelations for the movie theater release.

The Much Anticipated Cameos

Sony and Marvel are doing everything they can to prevent any more information about this film from leaking before its December 17 release date. Still, this shot in the trailer calls into question Doc Ock’s status as a villain. Molina’s brilliant scientist may have changed his mind about attacking Peter, MJ, and Ned since Spider-Man 2 because Octavius isn’t attacking them in the Sanctum Sanctorum’s basement.

Spider-Man: No Way Home has only released two trailers so far, and only one of them heavily featured Molina, so we can’t be sure if Octavius will embark on a new path after his villainous days in Spider-Man 2. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men will be interesting to watch, as Maguire is likely to have some kind of encounter with his old adversary. Even if Doc Ock’s story isn’t what we expect, he’s already shaping up to be one of the most interesting characters in this vast MCU outing.