16 years after he originally portrayed the iconic super-villain, Alfred Molina is set to return to the role of Dr. Otto Octavius in the third installment of the Tom Holland-fronted Spider-Man series. He joins Jamie Foxx in reprising a role from previous iterations of the franchise. Jamie Foxx, as mentioned above, is returning as Electro, his character from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home retains most of the same cast from the previous two films, including Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Jacob Batalon. It also has Benedict Cumberbatch once again donning the cape as Doctor Strange. A few months ago rumors abounded that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be returning to play different versions of Spider-Man, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Molina originally portrayed Doc Ock in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, in an oft-acclaimed performance opposite Tobey Maguire. In the years since he has mostly kept away from the superhero genre, with the exception of a few voice roles in animated superhero films. Most recently he was the voice of King Agnarr in Frozen II, and he will next be heard as a voice on Netflix’s Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.
Currently, Sony has the untitled Spider-Man sequel scheduled for a December 17, 2021 release. Jon Watts will be returning to direct the film, after directing the first two in the series. Also returning behind the camera are co-writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who were both involved in scripting the preceding two films. The last film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was the last Marvel Cinematic Universe entry before the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive shakeup of the carefully constructed Marvel release schedule.
Read more about Alfred Molina’s return to Marvel at The Hollywood Reporter here.