The first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home added many surprises. But there was one time in special that made the fans shake. Towards the end of the teaser, a familiar mechanical hand is seen when Peter Parker Tom Holland is standing on a bridge. Notes later, Alfred Octane, the age of Dr. Octopus, rose from the smoke and said goodbye to Peter.
This was a big revelation as it was not only Molina’s first in the role since 2004, but it also revealed what fans could expect from Multiverse. And when Molina confirms that she’s playing the same character from the original Spider-Man trilogy, the high expectations are understandable. As exciting as this revelation is, there are some concerns about where Spider-Man 2 left this character and what his story might mean.
In Spider-Man 2, Otto Octavius finds a bow of redemption that suits his character. In the final minutes of the battle, Ock frees himself from mechanical weapon corruption, and Peter convinces him to shut down the fusion reactor before things worsen. Realizing that he can not be stopped, Otto decides to sacrifice by drowning the car in the river. He succeeds, and when the observer sees him for the last time, he and the fusion reactor go to the river’s bottom.
However, an essential line of dialogue in his last moments stands out as it defines the character’s entire story up to this point. When he destroys the reactor fittings, he announces: “I do not want to die like a monster.” It is a powerful line that emphasizes the importance of sacrifice. By selecting to help Peter destroy the fusion reactor, he saves the human race stolen from him when weapons corrupted his mind. It is an important reminder that Ock was never a villain but a scientist dazzled by his wish to make the world a better place.
This Doc Ock focuses on humanity’s inability to ignore Spider-Man: No Way Home. His role as a tragic character, corrupted by his invention, was central to his story in Spider-Man 2 and would have been played in any other way dishonest to the surface. Suppose this is the same acceptance as Doc Ock, who followed an audience 17 years ago. In that case, he must somehow take his character development into account. It would just be wrong to give him the grade or encourage him that he is not compatible with what was known before, especially if there is no perfect explanation.
That is not to say that Alfred Molina’s return as Doc Ock would not be happy anyway. His acceptance of the character, regardless of location, is iconic. It will be a dream for many fans to see him again. But at some point in the film, even if only briefly touched upon, it is an opportunity to be missed without taking advantage of the character’s newly created backstory and inspiration.
To find out if Doc Ock will be redeemed again, Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17th.